Sneak Preview of ESTA Web Tool Now Available

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 08072361 (posted Jul. 23, 2008)"

CBP announced that a screen shot preview of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), an electronic system for screening passengers before they begin travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, is now available. The ESTA Web site will go live and begin accepting applications on August 1, 2008. The travel authorization will become mandatory for VWP travelers on January 12, 2009.

ESTA will ask applicants to provide biographical and VWP eligibility information for CBP to determine, in advance of the applicant’s travel, whether the applicant is eligible to travel under the VWP.