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August 5, 2019


On May 24, 2022, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the fee for travelers intending to travel to the United States with an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) has increased from $14 to $21.

As a result of Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (PL 115-123), which extended the ESTA fee to 2027, and the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (PL 116-94), the ESTA travel promotion fee was increased from $10 to $17, in addition to a $4 operational fee. CBP will begin collecting the new fee amount on May 26, 2022. Individuals with an approved ESTA do not have to re-apply at this time, as an ESTA is valid for up to two years.

Read announcement here.

To apply – Official ESTA websitehttps://esta.cbp.dhs.gov .

Eligible VWP travelers are strongly encouraged to file their applications through the Official ESTA website , and avoid phishing scams and excess fees charged by third party websites.

An approved ESTA is $21 USD increased from $14 USD from May 26, 2022.  If your ESTA is denied, you are only charged $4 USD for the processing of your application.  The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is not responsible for any third party fees for the transaction.

Apply early!  Please apply your ESTA as early as possible – at least 72 hours before your international flight is scheduled to depart. Don’t risk arriving at the airport without an approved ESTA.

ESTA question? If you have any questions or inquiries about ESTA, you can visit the CBP Info Center website – https://help.cbp.gov/ for information, or contact CBP’s Travel Communications Center – International callers dial: (202) 325-8000, Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) except U.S. Federal Holidays.