DHS Announces Pre-Travel Authorization for U.S.-Bound Travelers from Visa Waiver Countries, June 03, 2008: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced today the Interim Final Rule for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), a new online system that is part of the Visa Waiver Program and is required by the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007.
“Rather than relying on paper-based procedures, this system will leverage 21st century electronic means to obtain basic information about who is traveling to the U.S. without a visa,” said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. “Getting this information in advance enables our frontline personnel to determine whether a visa-free traveler presents a threat, before boarding an aircraft or arriving on our shores. It is a relatively simple and effective way to strengthen our security, and that of international travelers, while helping to preserve an important program for key allies” …
Fact Sheet: Electronic System for Travel Authorization Launched for Visa Waiver Travelers Visiting United States, 06/03/2008.
Frequently Asked Questions About ESTA.