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    Travelling to U.S.A. - new online registration scheme replaces the green I-94 forms from 12/01/2009 -

    Warning over new US travel rules

    The Foreign Office is warning that thousands of tourists could be turned away at US airports and ports, as a new online entry system comes into effect.

    From 12 January, visitors from countries which do not need visas will need to fill in an electronic form at least 72 hours before they travel.

    Those who have not registered risk being detained and sent back home.

    The new online registration scheme replaces the green I-94 forms that people on short term visits to the US had to fill in on the flight and hand to customs on arrival.

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    good, maybe we should have adopted this 5 years ago........................

    does this mean as i have a police caution i could just fill in that form instead of going to the embassy?

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    strobez1977;4035273

    does this mean as i have a police caution i could just fill in that form … does this mean as i have a police caution i could just fill in that form instead of going to the embassy?



    dont kow about that strobz

    wouldnt have thought a caution would have to be declared? maybe wrong here

    heres website for esta. but cant get onto it - must be very busy -

    esta.cbp.dhs.gov/

    Makes sense....hopefully will stop all the carry on at immigration when people have lost the green form or filled it in wrong etc etc....

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    v2drinkers;4035427

    Are you using Chrome? I couldnt access it until I used IE



    cheers v2 i went onto i.e

    am i reading this right - you have to pay £49.95 !!!!:thinking:

    Original Poster

    v2drinkers;4035562

    You dont have to pay anything. Its free. No spondulies to pay.



    just going back to read it properly - only glanced before - thanks - repped:thumbsup:




    new update from U.S. embassy

    news.bbc.co.uk/1/h…stm

    I filled this form out when I went back in August and they knew nothing about it...

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    Travelers filling out the online form will be told whether their request is authorized, denied or pending, he said. Those who are marked "pending" must check back in 72 hours to see if they have been approved, he said.

    People whose application is denied must apply to the U.S. Consulate for a visa, he said.

    He said the U.S. Congress mandated the change.

    The U.S. Homeland Security Department said in a statement that it will take a reasonable approach to travelers who have not obtained an approved travel authorization, but warned that travelers without authorization do risk being delayed or denied entry to the U.S.

    [SIZE="4"][COLOR="Red"]There is no fee for the service, he said, and the travel authorization is valid for two years. He warned that operators of some unscrupulous Web sites are charging fees for this service, which is designed to be free of charge.
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    People can apply for travel authorization at any time, and Staeben said about 14,000 applications per day are being received.

    washingtonpost.com/wp-…tml

    Just to let you know, this is an additional requirement by homeland security and congress, it does not replace the I-94 green card forms which you still have to fill in at check-in, or when on board the plane before you reach passport control.
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