Lot of modifications have been made by the United States’ Government for people traveling to this country for various purposes. Like government of every country formulates different rules for overseas tourist travelers, the US Government too follows this principle because travel within the country by international travelers is a good source of foreign exchange revenues that adds to development of country’s economic development.


VWP and electronic travel authorization

US Government has affected changes in visa issuance and travel document rules over years for tourists and business, making these rules easier and simplified. Visa Waiver Program (VWP), established on January 12, 2009, is one significant modification to these rules that has amplified the opportunity of travel within the United States through benefit of simplified rules. Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is core benefit of VWP that is quite advantageous for short-term tourist, business, and transit visitors who intend to enter in this country and want to stay for a limited duration of up to 90 days.

Applying for electronic travel authorization

The US Department of Homeland Security has set up an official portal to facilitate international travelers from designated countries to find easy entry in the US for specific travel. This facility is available on esta.cbp.dhs.gov which provides comprehensive details about electronic travel authorization and facility to apply online for this document. The application procedure is simple and less time and money consuming compared to US visa application. The applicant can visit this site, check his or her eligibility, register, logon, enter necessary personal details, pay meager service fee of US$14 online through credit card, and submit online application.

Electronic travel authorization can be denied

ESTA is the better travel document for one-time entry into the United States but violation of rules by finding wrong entry in the US on the basis of this document can have serious consequences. Some people think that issuance of electronic travel authorization is assured but this document can also be denied like a visa document.