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What is Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)?.

Beginning 01 August 2008, the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) will be accessible via Internet for citizens and eligible nationals of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries to apply for advance authorisation to travel to United States of Americas (USA) under the VWP.

Travellers are encouraged to apply early, with applications submitted no less than 72 hours prior to travel.  An administrative fee applies.

Effective, 12 January 2009, all VWP travellers will be required to obtain an electronic travel authorisation prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to the USA under the VWP.

For more information and to apply for ESTA, please refer to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization Web Site.

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