US$14 Fee Simply to Enter the United States — to Advertise and Promote Tourism

An “interim final rule” has been announced by the United States Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security that as of September 8, 2010, travelers from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries are required to pay US$14.00 in operational and travel promotion fees when applying for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA.

When this story was first posted here in The Gate, the fee was originally established at US$10.00. However, four additional dollars was added to the fee for the “recovery of costs incurred by the United States Customs and Border Protection of providing and administering the Electronic System for Travel Authorization and is in addition to the mandatory US$10.00 travel promotion fee established by the Travel Promotion Act of 2009, enacted as Section 9 of Public Law 111-145, the United States Capitol Police Administrative Technical Corrections Act of 2009.”

Do not be surprised if other countries impose a similar fee on American citizens traveling abroad…

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