Visitors to America could be forced to hand over social media passwords as well as mobile phone contacts – and even financial details – under ‘extreme vetting’ procedures.
The move could affect not only countries in North Africa and the Middle East, but also allies of America (such as Britain), according to the Wall Street Journal.
The changes – which would affect millions of travellers – could make it harder to get American visas – with more interviews and more questions.
Applicants might be asked about their feelings about honour killings – and about ‘the sanctity of life’, a phrase used by American Christians in abortion debates, according to The Times.
Some applicants might be asked to hand over their phone contacts and passwords for social media accounts such as Facebook.