US$14.00 Fee Simply to Enter the United States — to Be Used to Advertise and Promote Tourism
An “interim final rule” has been announced by the United States Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security that as of September 8, 2010, travelers from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries are required to pay US$14.00 in operational and travel promotion fees when applying for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA.
When this story was first posted here in The Gate back on September 14, 2009, the fee was originally established at US$10.00. However, four additional dollars was added to the fee for the “recovery of costs incurred by the United States Customs and Border Protection of providing and administering the Electronic System for Travel Authorization and is in addition to the mandatory US$10.00 travel promotion fee established by the Travel Promotion Act of 2009, enacted as Section 9 of Public Law 111-145, the United States Capitol Police Administrative Technical Corrections Act of 2009.”
Imagine how FlyerTalk member chumbawumba felt after reading in a Swiss newspaper regarding the cost of 14 US-$ for each tourist – in order to advertise tourism…