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Please read the important Visa information below

For full details on elegibility of using the US Visa Waiver programme and any visa requirements, please visit: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990.html

Please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that your passport and any visa requirements are in order prior to travelling. For the basic requirements of visa free travel, please visit the visa wizard at http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1286.html

Please also see the following information regarding passengers travelling in the Visa Waiver Programme is operational now, but compulsory from 12 January 2009:


From January 12, 2009, all qualified VWP travellers will be required to obtain electronic travel authorization prior to boarding an air or sea carrier to the United States. Travellers who do not receive travel authorization prior to their departure may be denied boarding, experience delays or be denied admission into the United States. Applications may be submitted at anytime prior to travel, but no less than 72 hours prior to departure. Travel Authorization is obtained through an online registration system known as the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). While not compulsory, travellers may obtain travel authorization from August 1, 2008 onwards. If you are planning on travelling to the United States anytime after August 1, you may wish to consider registering with ESTA before your departure. If your registration is successful, it will be valid for multiple applications for two years or until the date on which your passport expires, which ever comes first.

Before going on line to register, you should ensure that you are qualified to travel under the Visa Waiver Program otherwise your registration will be rejected. ESTA only authorizes a traveller to board an air or sea carrier for travel to the United States. It also does not guarantee entry into the United States; that decision rests with the immigration official at the Port of Entry in the same way that travellers currently entering the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program or with a visa are subject to inspection.

Entering the United States by land

Travellers who make their initial entry into the U.S. by land from either Canada or Mexico are NOT required to travel authorization through ESTA before travelling. Warning If your passport has ever been reported lost or stolen to the authorities and then recovered, please do not attempt to use it for travel to the United States. If you input the passport details into ESTA, your application will be denied. Submit your ESTA Application at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

It is the responsibility of each passenger in your party to apply for an ESTA. Failure to do so would lead to non-entry to The United States of America. John Semple Travel Ltd cannot be held liable in any way for non-compliance or refused entry to the United States of America.

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