ESTA Fee For US Travel Applies From Today

ESTA Fee For US Travel Applies From Today

As of September 8, travellers to the US from Australia will have pay a $US14 fee to register for the ESTA travel authorisation scheme (which is needed even though most Australians don’t require a visa for US travel). We noted this change was coming last month, and now it’s a reality.

While it isn’t quite September 8 in the US as I write this, your opportunity to apply for a free ESTA to avoid that fee seems pretty minimal — this morning I couldn’t get onto the application site, which suggests lots of people are attempting a last-minute money-saving manoeuvre. If you do plan a trip to the US, an ESTA authorisation is essential; if you book travel without one, you’ll be refused boarding at the airport.



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