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, areMore