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eeyoreguy
07-08-2010, 01:08 PM
The US government is to start charging UK travellers $14 (9) to apply for permission to enter the country.

The compulsory Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (Esta) is free at present, but from 9 September visitors to the US will have to pay for it.

It lasts for two years; people who already have a valid form will not have to pay until their current one expires.

The scheme was introduced in January 2009 but was made mandatory from January 2010.

It applies to all 35 countries with US "visa waiver" status.
BBC News - US to charge 9 for Esta compulsory travel entry form (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-10899968)

Tink
07-08-2010, 01:52 PM
And the purpose is...??? :(

Slowhand
07-08-2010, 02:04 PM
And the purpose is...??? :(
...to make money and to deter tourists? :furious:

Tink
07-08-2010, 02:04 PM
Yeah, huh? $14 per can rack up to a serious expense for large families or groups traveling together!

I honestly don't understand. :(

Dawn
07-08-2010, 02:30 PM
They really don't want our tourist dollars do they?

We're off to Europe next year.

Isafari
07-08-2010, 04:25 PM
I just read about this too - :nono:
I don't think you can renew your current ESTA early either to avoid the charges. Our two years runs out in late September so we will have to pay before we go back to USA in December.

Claire
07-08-2010, 04:40 PM
According to another website, if you're planning to travel to the US any time in the next two years, you should fill in an ESTA with your passport number and approx date of travel now before the charges kick in and update the details at a later date when you have flight number, address etc to avoid these charges. I'm considering it for 4 of us but Poppy's passport has expired so I'll still have to pay for hers if she travels with us.

keith
07-08-2010, 04:50 PM
I just read about this too - :nono:
I don't think you can renew your current ESTA early either to avoid the charges. Our two years runs out in late September so we will have to pay before we go back to USA in December.

You can apply for ESTA any time, even if you're still within your two years from your old one and it seems to work just fine so I think it makes sense for everyone who may be going in the next two years to just fill one in before the 9th

josh.p.
07-08-2010, 06:14 PM
I'd like to know what this money goes towards to :shrug: We had to pay circa 80 to get our visas for China, although Hong Kong was free.

Isafari
07-08-2010, 07:45 PM
You can apply for ESTA any time, even if you're still within your two years from your old one and it seems to work just fine so I think it makes sense for everyone who may be going in the next two years to just fill one in before the 9th

That's really good to know, thanks Keith. I'll apply again after we come back off this trip then - can you remind me please :lol:

Dawn
08-08-2010, 11:22 AM
And here's the irony...

'The fee has been introduced to fund a programme which aims to promote tourism in the US and attract foreign spending.'

:laugh:

Claire
08-08-2010, 11:30 AM
Does every nation have to fill out an ESTA and eventually pay the fee or just people traveling from the UK?

Tink
08-08-2010, 01:21 PM
And here's the irony...

'The fee has been introduced to fund a programme which aims to promote tourism in the US and attract foreign spending.'

:laugh:

Are you SERIOUS??? Oh My G-D. That is the epitome of an oxymoron... if not in language, in practice!!!

Dawn
08-08-2010, 01:44 PM
It's a direct quote.

I think it's my best. :laugh:

kazzaqld
08-08-2010, 07:29 PM
Aussies have to do it too - I might do ours in preparation for next year! :yes:

Deb
12-08-2010, 04:14 PM
We did ours n January (even though we then had to do it again on the plane :unsure: ). We'll do ours again at the beginning of September now we know we can.

Robbery though :thumbsdown:

ukwdwnut
13-08-2010, 08:32 AM
Does every nation have to fill out an ESTA and eventually pay the fee or just people traveling from the UK?

just the countries that have the visa waiver programme claire

what a rip off. we should charge US people coming here then to promote tourism etc. yeah as if thats the real reason behind it