U.S. Customs and Border Protection reminds Visa Waiver Program travelers the $14 fee for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization applications that will begin Wednesday, Sept. 8.
A fee of $4 will recover the costs incurred by CBP of providing and administering the ESTA system and is in addition to the mandatory $10 travel promotion fee established by the Travel Promotion Act of 2009. The total fee for a new or renewed ESTA will be $14.
All payments for electronic travel authorization applications must be made by credit card or debit card when applying for or renewing an ESTA. Payment arrangements may be made through a third party, such as a travel agent, since the name on the credit card does not have to match the name of the traveler. The ESTA application will not be submitted for processing until all payment information is received.
Travelers with an approved ESTA will not need to pay the ESTA fee when updating an ESTA application. However, travelers with new passports and re-applying for an ESTA will need to pay the ESTA fee.