The US is to start charging travellers to apply for permission to enter the country. The compulsory Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (Esta) is currently free but from 8 September travellers from 35 nations will have to pay $14 to use the service.
The US has moved a step closer to charging travelers who do not require a visa a $10 fee to enter the country.
The European Union is raising strong criticism of a congressional proposal to charge a $10 fee to some visitors to the United States. The $10 fee is part of the Travel Promotion Act which would be put in place in order to help fund a world-wide project to increase the number of visitors to the US.
International travellers entering the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) will be subject to new enhanced security regulations from next week.Pre-travel authorization becomes mandatory for all qualified VWP travellers from 12 January, and is obtained through a free, online registration system known as Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).