U.S. Customs and Border Protection Announces Visa Waiver Registration Fee Effective September 8, 2010

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced new regulations requiring travelers from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries to pay operational and travel promotion fees when applying for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) beginning September 8, 2010. The total fee will be U.S. $14.00.

Travelers with an approved ESTA prior to September 8, 2010 will not need to pay the ESTA fees when updating an ESTA application. However, travelers with new passports and re-applying for an ESTA beginning September 8 will need to pay the ESTA fee.

Of the $14.00 in fees, $4.00 will recover the costs incurred by CBP of providing and administering the ESTA; $10 satisfies the travel promotion fee established by the Travel Promotion Act of 2009.

Of the $14.00 in fees, $4.00 will recover the costs incurred by CBP of providing and administering the ESTA; $10 satisfies the travel promotion fee established by the Travel Promotion Act of 2009.

ESTA is a web-based, electronic travel authorization that all nationals of VWP countries must obtain prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to the United States under the VWP. Please visit www.cbp.gov/ESTA for complete information about ESTA. The VWP is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and enables eligible nationals of 36 designated countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or fewer without obtaining a visa.

ESTA applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel. Once approved, authorizations are generally valid for multiple entries into the United States for up to two years or until the applicant’s passport expires or other specific circumstances give rise to a need to reapply, whichever comes first.

The Visa Waiver Program member countries are: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechetenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

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