View Full Version : how to make 700'000$/day through a simple US website(ESTA)?

18th Aug 2010, 06:15
..and don't forget 14$ today, become 100$ tomorrow...
a new US ripoff is born:*

The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has confirmed it will charge travellers from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries when they apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

The interim final rule, which amends Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations, will come into force on 8 September 2010 and will be used to pay operational and travel promotion fees associated with ESTA.

According to the DHS, a fee of US$4 will recover the costs incurred by CBP of providing and administering the ESTA system and is in addition to the mandatory US$10 travel promotion fee established by the Travel Promotion Act of 2009. The total fee for a new or renewed ESTA will be US$14.

The DHS has published a notice of the interim final rule in the Federal Register and will accept comments until 8 October 2010. Collection of the fees will begin for ESTA applications filed on or after 8 September 2010.

ESTA is an electronic travel authorisation that all nationals of VWP countries must obtain prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to the US under the VWP. This travel authorisation has been mandatory since 12 June 2009 and replaces the previous green I-94W visa waiver forms.

ESTA applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel. Once approved, authorisations are generally valid for multiple entries into the US for up to two years or until the applicant’s passport expires or other specific circumstances give rise to a need to reapply, whichever comes first. Under the new interim final rule, travellers with an approved ESTA will not need to pay the ESTA fees when updating an ESTA application. However, travellers with new passports and re-applying for an ESTA will need to pay the ESTA fees.
The move has been met with criticism in some quarters with some arguing that charging a fee to promote tourism is a backward step. Others have argued that it is a hidden form of charging for a visa, but US authorities have dismissed the criticism argue that the fee is low and will not discourage people from travelling the country.

An estimated 50,000 foreigners apply for the ESTA Internet registration every day and most applications are approved.

Countries that have secured visa-waiver status have had to comply with key security and information-sharing requirements, such as enhanced law enforcement and security-related data sharing with the US; timely reporting of lost and stolen passports; and the maintenance of high counterterrorism, law enforcement, border control, aviation and document security standards, including implementing biometric passports.

18th Aug 2010, 07:02
I'm really quite happy to move my holidays to Europe. You aren't treated like dirt by the Mexican immigration officers. Don't have to stand in a queue for 3 hours. Don't have to have a visa by another name. Don't have to deal with the TSA (who in themselves are enough reason to holiday anywhere else). Is there any reason to holiday in the USA?

18th Aug 2010, 07:27
I have to agree. Historically the USA and its people were always very welcoming and it was always a pleasure to visit, however in these post 11th September days it has become rather a forbidding place and therefore I go elsewhere such as South Africa or Canada where my tourist money and I are welcome.

free at last
18th Aug 2010, 07:37
Because it is the greatest country in the world. That's why !:)

18th Aug 2010, 07:43
That's an exaggeration, isn't it? Are you one of the 80% that don't own a passport? :)

free at last
18th Aug 2010, 07:53
Have for 44 years, came in as a poor man , by the way legally, and accepted the culture. Did not try to change the language, prayer, time. Dress code, ect. Now living enjoying the good ol' USA .:):ok:

18th Aug 2010, 08:16
Because it is the greatest country in the world. That's why !


I'm curious: in terms of what? military power? economy? culture? history?

glad rag
18th Aug 2010, 08:28
free at last.

Having spent considerable time, over the years, on work/vacation throughout the US, I can affirm that the warm welcome that the great majority of the people give to foreign visitors underlines the true strength of America.

However, the inward looking and near socialist/fascist state control that has been manufactured in the last decade or so greatly undermines the very greatness that America used to display both at home and abroad.

Ironic, considering your login name.

free at last
18th Aug 2010, 08:33
Who is helping the poor folks in Pakistan, and most disasters in the world? All ways first to help!! Just look around open eyes and see. Even the UN is on US soil cause no one wanted them. can go on and on. Cheers to all.

18th Aug 2010, 08:39
ESTA's there.

Live with it or donīt visit the States.

Whatever you choose, stop airing your provincial angst on an international aviation site.