10 Aug 2012
US Customs and Border Protection announced this week that the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) website has been updated to allow for the submission of multiple applications which are paid for in one transaction. This new online application will be available on Wednesday, August 15.
Applicants using the ESTA system enter biographical data and an email address to create a Group ID; that ID then enables a family or other group to input up to 50 ESTA applications and complete the application with a single credit card payment transaction. This change delivers greater efficiency to families and other groups utilizing the online system to apply for travel authorization.
ESTA is an electronic travel authorization required for all nationals of Visa Waiver Program countries prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to the U.S. under that visa program.