Complete an ESTA before you travel
Back in January 2009 the travel rules changed for British people travelling to America. Under the new Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), all nationals, including children from the 27 countries under the current U.S. visa waiver program will be required to fill out an electronic travel authorization form posted on the internet prior to boarding a U.S.-bound plane or vessel.
The 2019 price for the application is $14 per person. It will require answering questions about criminal records, communicable diseases, past history of visa revocation rtc. Passport information is also required so have this to hand when applying. Changes in address and itinerary can be easily made online after the ESTA form has been first submitted. Authorities strongly recommend that the applications be submitted no less than 72 hours prior to travel. ESTA can still accommodate last-minute and emergency travellers but it is not recommended.
Your ESTA only needs to be valid on your day of travel so you don’t need months still left on your current ESTA.
Travel authorization is good for two years or until the applicant’s passport expires, whichever is first. However, if the traveller acquires a new passport or changes a name or other identifying biographical information, a new travel authorization would be required. An ESTA is not a substitute for a visa and visas will still be required for some travellers. It is principally for those individuals planning to travel to the United States for temporary business or pleasure.
Don’t get conned into paying a middle man
I have been asked by readers on numerous occasions “where to pay for the cheapest ESTA applications”. There are some independent websites out there that are charging people for this free service. DO NOT pay any company for this service as there is only one place to apply.
Visit the ESTA Website to apply