US Visa Programme moves online
In a major change to the United States visa waiver programme (VWP), UK citizens will need to apply online in advance in order to acquire an Electronic System for Travel Authorization, commonly referred to as ESTA.
Once approved, an ESTA is valid for multiple entries over two years – or until the holder’s passport expires.
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 last minute or in emergencies.
ALL PASSENGERS MUST APPLY FOR A USA VISA ONLINE PRIOR TO TRAVEL. THE US GOVERNMENT WILL CHARGE YOU $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 requested even if you don't know your 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 the US Embassy website for more information www.usembassy.org.uk