I am from Germany and plan to travel to the USA later this year. Following the current administration's questionable immigration and travel policies, I have concerns that I might get into trouble when I try to enter the USA because I have been to China a few years back. This is, of course, reflected by the stamp in my passport.

Should I get a new passport just to be safe?

Could this cause problems when applying for a tourist visa?

And is there anything else regarding my passport that I should know when entering the USA (is biometric data necessary?)?

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    We welcome people from all over the world. Current immigration policies are temporary. Have a great time in the USA!
    – TG01
    Feb 3, 2017 at 13:30
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    @Mawg well, if they keep it up with this "climate change hoax" they might get on the list nevertheless
    – Federico
    Feb 3, 2017 at 14:33
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    Rather than calling US's immigration policies 'questionable'... how about you ask some questions? There are a very limited suspension of certain countries. None of these countries are in Asia or Europe (IIRC). The suspension does not effect people who have happened to travel to these countries. These countries have been restricted before (of similar nature, different scope). These countries have unique situations that make vetting difficult - how do you vet someone from Syria for example?
    – NPSF3000
    Feb 3, 2017 at 18:59
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    @NPSF3000 1. Syria, Iran, Iraq and Yemen are all in Western Asia. 2. Germany took approximately 1 million refugees which is still dwarved by other countries (Turkey, Pakistan, Iran), the main part exactly from the war-torn Syria and no, the attack in Berlin came from a Tunisian. Osama bin Laden could enter the USA if he were still alive, but the countries which are responsible for exactly 0 dead US citizens (1975-2015) in the USA are blocked. Please explain why it is not "questionable". Feb 3, 2017 at 20:55
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    @NPSF3000: I'd recommend that you don't confuse what you think is a typical Asian country with what people actually know to be Asian countries. As you seem to care about facts: Most Asian countries are neither Singapore, Indonesia, nor China. Oh, and in case you didn't know, here's another fact for you: There is indeed a notable number of German citizens who have been banned from entering the US due to their dual citizenship.
    – Schmuddi
    Feb 4, 2017 at 9:03

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You do not need a new passport. China is the third biggest trade partner of the USA next to Canada and the European Union. China is the country which sends the 7th largest number of tourists to the USA. The Chinese even have visa with 10 year validity specifically for Americans. Despite the bombast in political rhetoric, they essentially are joined at the hip economically.

A German tourist with a China visa and stamp in his passport will not face ANY problems (related to your stated concerns) when visiting the USA.

Per Department of Homeland Security:

The United States requires that travelers entering the United States under the Visa Waiver Program have an e-Passport if their passport was issued on or after October 26, 2006.

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    @ian_itor the US and China even have a relatively recent agreement to grant each other's citizens short-term visitor visas with ten years' validity (2014 it seems). So the US treats Chinese citizens about as favorably as it can without adding China to the VWP. It would be very odd in that context for the US to make problems for citizens of other countries who've visited China.
    – phoog
    Feb 3, 2017 at 12:45
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    With knowledge about those agreements my question seems weird, indeed. I do not travel much outside Europe, so I thought I'd rather ask.
    – Ian
    Feb 3, 2017 at 12:49
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    There is a quick check you can do for many pairs of countries. If there are direct flights from X to Y, the Y immigration authorities are used to dealing with planeloads of people who have all been to X. Any rules about prior travel to X will be clearly stated. Feb 4, 2017 at 2:50
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    Almost correct (and +1), but I don't think "A German tourist with a China visa and stamp in his passport will not face ANY problems when visiting the USA." is correct. He/she won't face any problems because of that Visa and stamp. But he/she might face problems for other reasons, for instance if he/she is a dual citizen of one of the countries on the list. Perhaps you might edit.
    – abligh
    Feb 4, 2017 at 10:55
  • @abligh thelocal.de/20170201/…
    – NPSF3000
    Feb 4, 2017 at 14:39

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