US Visa Programme moves online
In a major change to the United States visa waiver programme (VWP), UK citizens will need to apply online and in advance of travelling from January 12, 2009.
Once approved, an ESTA is valid for multiple entries over two years – or until the holder’s passport expires. US authorities are keen to highlight the fact that the information required of passengers is no different to that on the current I94 form and that, in the vast majority of cases, a message indicating authorisation to travel will be instant.
Clients travelling to the US are encouraged to apply for authorisation as far in advance as possible and no later than 72 hours before travelling, although there will be special arrangements for those flying at the last minute or in emergencies.
ALL PASSENGERS MUST APPLY FOR A USA VISA ONLINE PRIOR TO TRAVEL. THE US GOVERNMENT MAKE A CHARGE OF $14 FOR THIS SERVICE.
The ESTA itself is an electronic authorisation matched to a passport – rather than a physical endorsement or certificate – and can be applied for even without the passenger knowing their exact travel and destination details. Those in possession of an ESTA should update their travel details (via the same website) for each subsequent journey to the US during its two-year validity.
For more information and for ESTA approval visit: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.
Below are the details that will be required regarding your flights and accommodation:
- Flight number outbound
- Flight number inbound
- Accommodation address
You may also visit US Embassy website for more information www.usembassy.org.uk