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A New Fee for Visa Waiver Program Travelers

A New Fee for Visa Waiver Program Travelers

09 August 2010

Since the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) was implemented, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has had discretion to charge a fee to cover the administering of the program.  The fee is to be implemented on September 8, 2010. 

A fee of $4.00 will cover the costs incurred by the DHS, Customs and Border Protection of providing and administering the ESTA system and is in addition to the mandatory $10.00 travel promotion fee established by the Travel Promotion Act of 2009.  The total fee for a new or renewed ESTA will be $14.00.