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Planning a Trip to the US? Read This First

If you're planning to travel to the US in the next two years, you'll need to complete the mandatory ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) form online before 8 September to avoid a new $14 (£9) application fee.

All travellers are required to complete the form before visiting the US. ESTA is a web-based system that confirms travellers are eligible to visit under the Visa Waiver Programme. Applications must be made online and are valid for a total of two years or until your passport expires.

If you’ve already registered, you can avoid a $10 (£6) renewal fee if you extend your application before 8 September.

Although you won’t need to present your application at Border Control in the US, you will need to keep a record of your reference number, so it’s best to print a copy of the application and keep it safe with your passport.

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Deal Expert, London
Thursday, 12 August 2010
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