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Visa Waiver Program Travelers Must Complete Online Application

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reminds U.S.-bound travelers from visa waiver program (VWP) countries that they must obtain an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before boarding a plane or ship headed to the U.S. ESTA has been mandatory since Jan. 12, 2009 and does not affect U.S. citizens returning from overseas or citizens of VWP countries traveling on a valid U.S. visa. ESTA applications are submitted online at and are generally valid for up to 2 years with multiple entries permitted. A relative, friend, or travel agent may submit an application for a VWP traveler. The ESTA website is currently available in 21 languages.

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