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Category: travel documents
August 9, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Remind foreign friends, relatives of required form for U.S. visit

Travelers line up in the international arrivals area of Sea-Tac Airport last month to have their passports (and other travel documents) checked. (Greg Gilbert photo, The Seattle Times)

Travelers line up in the international arrivals area of Sea-Tac Airport last month to have their passports checked. (Greg Gilbert photo, The Seattle Times)

Do your foreign friends and relatives a favor if they’re planning a visit to the United States. Remind them, even if they don’t need a visa to  enter the U.S., that they still need to fill out an online form (and pay a $14 fee) before they depart  for the U.S.

 Called the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), it’s been mandatory since 2009.  It’s part of the ever-tighter U.S. security requirements, allowing the Department of Homeland Security to vet travelers against “watch” lists.  (Canadian and Mexican visitors, however, are

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