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Is there a fee to register under ESTA?

On  September 8, 2010, a fee of $14.00 was introduced for Visa Waiver Program Travelers registering under ESTA.  The fee includes $10.00, collected pursuant to the Travel Promotion Act (TPA) and a fee of $4.00 for administering the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).  

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Please note that there is only one official ESTA website: https://esta.cbp.dhs.govCompanies who are charging a fee to assist travelers in registering under ESTA are  NOT operating on behalf of the U.S. government.

Only those qualified for travel under the Visa Waiver Program should submit a registration under ESTA.  If you have not determined your eligibility to travel visa free, please use our Visa Wizard to help you decide: http://london.usembassy.gov/root/visa-wizard/pages/index.html.

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12 Comments
  1. Jennifer Rew
    Mar 3 2010

    I have tried to register for ESTA on the U.S gov. website and on completion of details I am being asked for £25.00 Why?

    • Apr 7 2010

      There is only one official U.S. government website and that is: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. Applicants are NOT charged a fee to register. If you have been charged, then you did not register through this official site. As we have no way of knowing if your registration is valid, we recommend that you re-register through the official ESTA website at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.

  2. Mr Gulam M Parkar & Mrs Rabia Parkar
    Mar 17 2010

    We both also tried to register for ESTA on the U.S gov.website on 15/03/2010 and on completion of details on the Application form have been asked to pay £25 each .Total payment made £50.00 by both of us Why have we been charged?.Is there a fee? If there is no fee charges,then can refund be made to both of us please?

    • Apr 7 2010

      There is only one official U.S. government website and that is: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. Applicants are NOT charged a fee to register. If you have been charged, then you did not register through this official site. As we have no way of knowing if your registration is valid, we recommend that you re-register through the official ESTA website at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.

  3. G.E.Rosbotham
    Jan 22 2011

    How long does the NEW ( i.e. payed), E.S.T.A. stay effective?

    • Jan 26 2011

      G.E.Rosbotham- ESTA authorization is valid for two years, or until your passport expires, whichever is sooner. If your ESTA authorization is still valid, you are not required to re-register.

  4. Jack Taylor
    Feb 12 2011

    Why does the US Embassy allow other organisations to process ESTA applications? Unless you troll through many sections of http://www.usembassy, you may end up paying $59.99, £29.99 or £19.99. For a family, this is a considerable amount above the $14 charged from the official embassy site.

    • Feb 16 2011

      Jack – As discussed on this blog and on the Embassy’s website, https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov is the only official website through which to register under ESTA.

      Although a number of unauthorized third-parties have established websites that charge a fee for providing information about and/or submitting ESTA applications on behalf of travelers, such websites are not endorsed by, associated with, or affiliated in any way with the Department of Homeland Security or the United States Government.

  5. Zaber
    Feb 14 2011

    I have registered ESTA and traveled to the states late last year with no problems. However, I am back in UK now and have tried to pull up my ESTA status for I’ll be going back to the US soon but it says it is invalid!
    Why is this?

    • Feb 16 2011

      Zaber – If your Travel Authorization under ESTA is no longer valid, you should re-register under ESTA by visiting the official ESTA website at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov

  6. Gilberto Lanic
    Feb 14 2011

    Dear Officer,

    I just want to ask if this true? I’m just curios about this email. I hope you response me on this case as soon as possible.

    Thank you,
    Their message as follows:

    U.S. Department of State sent this message
    Your registered name is included to show this message originated from U.S. Department of State. Congratulations, you’ve won !

    • Feb 15 2011

      Gilberto – The email you received is a scam. Please visit our website for more information.

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