US to charge tourists £9 to enter the country

The US is to start charging UK travellers £9 to apply for permission to enter the country, it has been revealed.

From 8th September, people will have to pay $14 (£9) to use the compulsory Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA). Of the fee, $10 will go to a fund to promote US tourism with $4 covering administration.

The charge applies to the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA), which British tourists have been required to fill online since January 2009 before being granted entry to the U.S.

Thirty-five nations, including Britain, are part of the Visa Waiver Program which requires them to complete an Esta form.

The form takes up to 72 hours to be approved and gives air passengers prior approval for entry to the US. It is currently free, lasts for two years and is an alternative to applying for a full visa, which is more complex.

Deluxe Cruises recommends that its clients apply now to avoid the charge.


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