ABTA encourage holidaymakers to apply for ESTA before 8th September
August 27th, 2010 by elisa

Following on from my previous post on the new $14 visa charge for the USA, ABTA, along with money saving websites, have taken up the call to urge holidaymakers who might visit the USA within the next two years to apply online for their ESTA before charges come in to effect on 8th September.

By applying early a family of four will save $56, approximately £40. All passengers travelling under the Visa Waiver Program must have a valid ESTA to gain entry to the USA.

The charge has been introduced to help fund the promotion of the USA. ABTA Head of Public Affairs Luke Pollard said: “We fully support the US Government’s wish to encourage people to visit their country. However charging visitors $14 each to fund this drive seems a rather odd way of doing so.

“Customers should go online to obtain their ESTA before 8 September to avoid the charge.”

To apply for an ESTA click here.

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