Flying to the USA: apply for ESTA before 8 September to avoid charges

Passengers travelling to the USA under the Visa Waiver Program must have a valid ESTA to gain entry to the USA, and now there’s just seven days left before the USA introduces a charge to obtain an ESTA.

Currently, it is free to obtain an ESTA, however, from 8 September a charge of $14 per person will be levied – a family of four travelling to the USA will have to pay $56 for the privilege of entering the country.

ESTAs are valid for two years, so anyone thinking about travelling to the USA within the next two years can save the fee by applying online now.

For more information and to apply for an ESTA online go to