New online visa travel rules to US take effect

New rules went into effect today requiring people traveling to the U.S. under the visa waiver program to register online in advance, instead of filling out paper forms in flight or at the airport. The new program, designed to improve U.S. security, has been voluntary since August, but became mandatory Monday. Travelers are being asked to fill out the forms at least 72 hours in advance of travel. People whose application is denied must apply to the U.S. Consulate for a visa. The U.S. Homeland Security Department said in a statement that it will take a reasonable approach to travelers who have not obtained an approved travel authorization, but warned that travelers without authorization do risk being delayed or denied entry to the U.S. There is no fee for the service, and the travel authorization is valid for two years. People can apply for travel authorization at any time here: Full AP Article by GREGORY KATZ

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