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August 2012 – There’s only a week or so to go before millions of UK travellers who applied for a free two-year permit to travel to the US have to renew it…at a cost!
I found this out to my cost back in May when I travelled to the States, thinking that my ESTA visa (the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) was still current. I got to Heathrow and was told that it wasn’t and I couldn’t get on the plane unless I got a new one.
I had a nightmare time, trying to get onto the web, looking around for the form and I was dumb enough (or rushed enough) to go on a private one that charged me about £40 for it. Even when I had finally got it I wasn’t allowed on the plane as I was then too late. I had to hang around for five hours to get onto the next plane out. Nightmare.
So, don’t do what I did!
So if you, or anyone you know, is travelling to the States, or thinking of doing it, don’t forget the ESTA!