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Unified Agenda 1651-AA83

Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA): Fee for Use of the System


Under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations, nonimmigrant aliens who wish to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program at air or sea ports of entry must obtain a travel authorization electronically through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) from Customs and Border Protection prior to departing for the United States. This rule amends the DHS regulations to require ESTA applicants to pay a fee. The fee is authorized by section 711 of the Implementing the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (9/11 Act) and mandated by the Travel Promotion Act and consists of the sum of $10 per travel authorization and an amount that will at least ensure recovery of the full costs of providing and administering the ESTA system. This document also announces the amount of the fee.


4 actions from August 9th, 2010 to March 2015

  • August 9th, 2010
  • September 8th, 2010
    • Interim Final Rule Effective
  • October 8th, 2010
    • Interim Final Rule Comment Period End
  • March 2015
    • Final Rule


  • Suzanne Shepherd
    Director, Electronic System for Travel Authorization
    Phone 202 344-2073
    1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.,
    Washington DC 20229

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