US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is set to rise the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) fee for inbound international travelers from May 26.
ESTA was introduced in 2009 and allows tourists and business travelers from 40 countries to enter the United States without a visa for stays of up to 90 days. This means that most European countries will be affected by the measure.
ESTA is used by the organization to evaluate if inbound tourists are eligible for visa-free admission to the United States. Each authorization is valid for up to two years.
According to the notice, the new ESTA fee will be in effect until 2027,
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