21 NOVEMBER 2011


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ESTA – New application needed

If you were one of the original ESTA (Electronic system for travel authorisation) users by the US Department of Homeland Security your time is running out within the next 30 days.  It is not possible to extend or renew a current ESTA.  On application if there are more than 30 days left on the old authorization you will receive a warning message during the course of action and be asked if you wish to proceed.  Unlike the UK Passport Office you will not be given time credit if you apply early.

Application is extremely simple and need not take more than a few minutes.  However, unlike the original ESTA, there is now a charge, US$14.

Presently 36 countries participate in the scheme which makes passport control very easy.  It is intended for those who plan to enter the United States for 90 days or less for business, pleasure or transit.  If you are going from Europe to New Zealand via Los Angeles you will need an ESTA. https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov 

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