US travel authorisation information – don’t be ripped off

Dear Consumer,

If travelling to America in 2015, ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) is a form that you are required to complete prior to travelling, if you are a citizen of a country that has signed up to the Visa Waiver Programme (as Ireland has).

Questions on the form are straightforward; it can be submitted electronically right up to the time of boarding (though the Department of Homeland Security recommends you submit 72 hours before flying); and a response is usually received within seconds.  The Application fee is $14.   https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov   is the only website that should be used to submit an ESTA application.

 

We recommend that consumers avoid all other websites promising to handle your application.  Such sites will have the appearance of an official government website, with names such as ESTA Application for Citizens of Ireland. These third parties sites usually promise to fast-track your application, which is unnecessary, whilst charging enormous fees.

Full details regarding ESTA, go to: http://dublin.usembassy.gov/general/esta.html