New $14 Fee for Visa Waiver Travelers Announced
On August 6, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency announced the implementation of a $14 fee beginning September 8 for applications made through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). This fee affects all travelers visiting the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, which is available to nationals of 36 countries for visits of 90 days or less. Travelers in possession of a United States visa or already with an approved ESTA will not need to pay the fee, however, they will be subject to the fee when applying for a new ESTA. ESTA authorization is good for two years. The fee can be paid by credit or debit card.