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Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the ESTA Interim Final Rule (IFR), which establishes a new online system that is part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and is required by the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007. Once ESTA is mandatory, all nationals or citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries who plan to travel to the United States for temporary business or pleasure will require an approved ESTA prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to the United States under the VWP. The rule does not apply to U.S. citizens traveling overseas. Dutch citizens are required to apply at least 72 hrs. before boarding. Visit the ESTA website for more information and registration: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/esta.html. If you require detailed information, please be sure to contact the US Consulate directly: http://amsterdam.usconsulate.gov/.