This ESTA Change Is About To Make Traveling To the US More Difficult
The United States is making some changes to the way it lets people into the country, and it’s bound to cause a few headaches. All travelers entering the US (by air or sea) under the visa waiver program are required to hold a valid ESTA travel authorization, but the Department of Homeland Security is making the process of getting one more complicated. The ESTA gives visitors the ability to travel to the US for up to 90 days, and is valid for up to two years across multiple trips. Real-time approvals of the ESTA, however, are no longer available, meaning passengers must apply for the ESTA no later than 72 hours before their departure for the US.