waiver' travellers, must complete a travel authorisation (ESTA) prior
to travelling and or transiting the USA. This has become mandatory
for anyone travelling from 12th January 2009.
Effective 12 January
2009, passengers travelling to or via the United States under the
Visa Waiver Program must obtain an ESTA in advance of departure.
Obtaining an ESTA is in addition to the I-94W which a passenger is
still required to complete and present to immigration, and to any
advance passenger information the airline asks for.
The official ESTA website is
https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov From the 8th September 2010 an official
USA Embassy charge of 15 USD per application. Have your passport in
front of you ready to insert details. Payment is by credit card on
line as part of the application.
Homeland Security's new ESTA system will replace the existing green
I-94 forms. Clients can be assured that ESTA applications do not
require any additional information than is currently required on the
ESTA APPLICATIONS ARE MADE ONLINE ANYTIME FROM BOOKING UP TO A
MINIMUM OF 72 HOURS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE
Once clients details are entered into
ESTA, an application number is given. A response confirming
elegibility may be given immediately however, it could take between
12 and 72 hours, and if approved an approval number will be given.
This number should be noted for future reference, but it is not
mandatory to print and show to the Customs Border Protection (CBP)
officer upon entry into the USA. Each family member travelling is
required to complete an ESTA application. The ESTA approval is valid
for up to 2 years as long as the flight number and travel date are
updated for each separate visit.
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