travelling to america, do i need to pay for an ESTA?

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Found 17th Feb 2011
i dont think i do. as the UK is part of the visa waiver program i think i just have to sign a few forms on the plane and i am fine to enter and stay in US for a couple of weeks on holliday before i return home... but i have booked flights through the flight centre and the chap there seems to recon i need to register with ESTA for $14 to be able to enter the country and such... if anyone could clear this up it would be great

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You have to fill one in before you go and it isn't free *edit I was mistaken*
esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

Edited by: "electriclinux" 17th Feb 2011

Original Poster

its says you have to pay a fee, looks like $14 it is

You do need to fill one in. It at least used to be free, but I seem to recall reading somewhere that they plan on charging for it now.

Actually, there is a charge of $14, link here

It used to be free but unfortunately you do have to pay now.

Original Poster

thanks for letting me know anyway didnt know whether i was just trying to be sold sumthing

Original Poster

hmm im not convinced i needed to do that.. hardly seems like anything official has been cleared.. just an excuse for sum1 to have 14 quid lol

I wouldn't risk it with the US. Their boarder control people have no sense of humour and will strip search and send you back without batting an eye lid if you've failed to do something.

it was free when I went last year lol but yeh you gotta have it.

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steve1221

I wouldn't risk it with the US. Their boarder control people have no … I wouldn't risk it with the US. Their boarder control people have no sense of humour and will strip search and send you back without batting an eye lid if you've failed to do something.



aye quite a good enough reason to do it, and ill take my printed paper copy with pride, im a little concerned i dont have a first nights address of where i am staying as i am meeting friends travelling and it will probs be sum cheap nasty hostel we find... i should be ok with this TBC right? its a legit reason

i think where you're staying it optional Im pretty sure I didnt put down an address would have just put the city

joeprosho

aye quite a good enough reason to do it, and ill take my printed paper … aye quite a good enough reason to do it, and ill take my printed paper copy with pride, im a little concerned i dont have a first nights address of where i am staying as i am meeting friends travelling and it will probs be sum cheap nasty hostel we find... i should be ok with this TBC right? its a legit reason



As long as you have a confirmed address you'll be fine. They're very unlikely to check at the time (unless they find something else wrong!).

I made the mistake of putting the wrong finger on their finger print reader once. You'd have thought I'd got a few kilo's of C4 in my bag the fuss they made !! (I misread the sign on the way through!).

If you don't get an ESTA you WILL be refused entry, I can guarantee this Filling in green visa waiver on the plane will no longer get you into america. Arguing the toss with US immigration will also not get you anywhere.......... except home faster :P

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pontprennau

If you don't get an ESTA you WILL be refused entry, I can guarantee this … If you don't get an ESTA you WILL be refused entry, I can guarantee this Filling in green visa waiver on the plane will no longer get you into america. Arguing the toss with US immigration will also not get you anywhere.......... except home faster :P



take it im jsut meant to take the print out with me then?

joeprosho

take it im jsut meant to take the print out with me then?



yes hun print them out one for each person travelling. they last for 2 years from the date you request them online, they started charging towards the end of last year, if you dont have them you will 100% be denied entry and on the next flight home with do not enter next to your name on the US immigration list. Immigration told us this last Sept in New York they get hundreds a month who dont have the ESTA visa

forgot to mention, you will still need to fill in the green waiver form on the plane and make a note of the ESTA number and the waiver number before you land
Edited by: "vinylandtrinkets" 17th Feb 2011

vinylandtrinkets

yes hun print them out one for each person travelling. they last for 2 … yes hun print them out one for each person travelling. they last for 2 years from the date you request them online, they started charging towards the end of last year, if you dont have them you will 100% be denied entry and on the next flight home with do not enter next to your name on the US immigration list. Immigration told us this last Sept in New York they get hundreds a month who dont have the ESTA visa



Yep this indeed the case now. We print ours out and carry them with us BUT we've never been asked to show them because we show on their computer as having ESTA. We will always carry a print out just in case:)

Original Poster

great stuff thanks to all of you for clearing that up! gna warn my mates who are on there way there eventually, think they should be sorted anyway, but better safe than sorry
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