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Anyone Travelling To The US Should Watch Out For This Needlessly Expensive ESTA Site

Anyone Travelling To The US Should Watch Out For This Needlessly Expensive ESTA Site

For anyone who's planning on visiting the States, one of the most important things you'll need is an ESTA. (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) An ESTA is a travel permit that allows you to visit the US and is different from a visa.

If you're planning on visiting your friends on a J1 you should look out for this particular site that is charging people extra to get an ESTA. Normally, the travel permit only costs $14, while this site will charge $73 as well as the $14 for the ESTA itself.

The official government site will only charge you $14 for the permit. A disclaimer at the top of  the page reads:

Disclaimer: This website provides information about the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, and is a private website not affiliated with the U.S. government. Outgoing links on this website goes to a third-party website that offers assistance in submitting ESTA applications. The service is provided by a private company, which charges a fee of US$ 73.00 in addition to the U.S. government fee of US$ 14.00. The total service fee for their service is US$ 87.00. If you do not wish to use a private company, you may submit your ESTA application directly at the official U.S. government website.

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Make sure to tell anyone who's planning on making a trip to use the official government site here, no one wants to spend extra money on something that should be much cheaper.

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Ciara Finnegan

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