The United States Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) website will be updated on August 5, the relevant US authorities have announced this week.
According to a notice of the Customs and Border Protection Authorities that manage the official ESTA website, after the update is completed, all applicants with pending payments will need to reapply, as their current applications will be achieved.
“The ESTA website will be updated on August 5, 2019. All ESTA applications that are in a pending payment status at the time of the update will be archived. Applicants impacted will have to reapply after the update is complete,” the notice reads.
It also strongly advises those eligible for an ESTA to apply at least three full days before traveling to the United States.
“Citizens of participating Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries traveling to the United States are strongly encouraged to apply for an ESTA at the time of booking their trip and no later than 72 hours prior to departure,” the notice recommends.
The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is an electronic program that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the US under the Visa Waiver Program, for purposes as those for which a B1 visa or B2 visa would be required for nationals of non-VWP countries.
The VWP program was created to improve security for the people who visit the United States and also so that US citizens can travel to the other 38 countries freely. It brings mutual benefits and most importantly, makes traveling a lot safer.
Last year in December, the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) warned international travelers eligible for an ESTA, to apply at least 72 hours prior to their trip, calling real-time approvals unavailable.
“Arriving at the airport without a previously approved ESTA will likely result in being denied boarding,” the CBP announced at the time.
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