Effective from 12 January, 2009, the US Department of Homeland Security have introduced new Immigration procedures for all passengers intending to enter the USA.
Under the new procedures, travellers wishing to visit the USA under the Visa Waiver
Program – which includes passport holders from Australia and New Zealand – will be required to “pre-register” their intention to enter America at least 72 hours prior to their scheduled departure.
This requires all intending travellers (adults and children) to apply online to the Department of Homeland Security for a travel authorisation, prior to boarding an aircraft or vessel to the USA. Travellers who do not apply for and receive a formal travel authorisation ahead of their intended departure date will not be able to board a flight or ship to the USA.
This is not a regulation created by airlines. It is a requirement of the US Government, and unfortunately, where passengers do not have a travel authorisation, airline check in staff or DATW staff will not be able to resolve the problem. Airlines will not be liable for any costs or cancellation penalties or inconvenience where travellers do not have a travel authorisation, and are not permitted to travel. Travel Insurance will also not cover you. This does not take the place of a Visa if you are required to apply for one.
To apply on line for a US Travel Authorisation
Go to our website http://dancearoundtheworld.com.au/travelinformation/esta.html
Beware of third party websites that offer ESTA! We strongly recommend that all passenger use the link above to avoid SCAMs.
You will need the following to complete your ESTA Application:
- Credit Card to pay USD$14 application fee.
- Valid Passport that you will use to travel to the USA
- Hotel AddressYOU MUST print authorisation key page and any other pages you have completed online and keep with you at all times throughout your trip.