USA: An ESTA is “an automated system used to determine the eligibility of visitors to travel (Image: Getty Images)
USA holidays see around 3.8 million British nationals visiting America every year. It’s not enough to simply possess a passport if you wish to travel to the US, however. As well as a valid passport, Britons need to apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) through the Visa Waiver Programme. This allows travel to the US for up to 90 days. According to the ESTA website, an ESTA is “an automated system used to determine the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and whether such travel poses any law enforcement or security risk.”
USA holidays: Britons wanted of big US ESTA visa applications changes - what you need to know
The programme is undergoing big changes next week which holidaymakers are being urged to take notice of, reveals the latest travel advice.
An update to the website means any pending payments will see applications archived.
The site explains: “The ESTA website will be updated on August 5, 2019.
“All ESTA applications that are in a pending payment status at the time of the update will be archived.
“Applicants impacted will have to reapply after the update is complete.
“Citizens of participating Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries travelling to the United States are strongly encouraged to apply for an ESTA at the time of booking their trip and no later than 72 hours prior to departure.”
USA holidays: An update to the ESTA site means any pending payments will see