US to charge £9 for Esta compulsory travel entry form
The US government is to start charging UK travellers $14 (£9) to apply for permission to enter the country. The compulsory Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (Esta) is free at present, but from 9 September visitors to the US will have to pay for it.
[link via BBC News]
How charming (not)! Charging £9 for permission to visit the USA. What a funny way to encourage tourism!!
I think it's an absolutely ridiculous idea. Add it to the standard (in my experience) very unfriendly welcome from Immigration and Customs agents and it's a wonder tourists consider visiting the USA at all.
What are your views about the new charge for ESTA? Have you visited the USA before? What are your experiences with the Immigration and Customs agents?
ESTA Application For UK Citizens