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NotTheDuchessOfCambridge Thu 31-Aug-17 22:47:44

Just booked for USA for next year, can someone help me with the forms I need.
I think a CBP is one, so I get it before hand or at the airport? If I get it before hand, where from? Is it one per family?
The visa, my passport has an electronic chip, so do I need a visa? The rest of the family don't, is there a site where I apply for the visas? I swear I need a dummies guide!
I'm normally pretty switched on but for some reason this has addled my brain tonight confused

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user1471548375 Thu 31-Aug-17 22:51:22

Are they UK passports? You need to fill in an ESTA online, it's about $28 and valid for two years. Make sure it's the official us government website.

NotTheDuchessOfCambridge Thu 31-Aug-17 23:25:17

Thanks 👍🏽

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AttilaTheMeerkat Fri 01-Sep-17 08:41:25

This is the site you need to use and you need to apply for it online:-

esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

You and everyone else travelling with you need a completed ESTA form. They cost $14 each and are valid for two years.

You will be given a US customs form when you check in (or on the plane); that form is one form per family.

loopsdefruit Sun 03-Sep-17 13:00:22

I believe you need to have an e-passport now to qualify for the ESTA www.dhs.gov/visa-waiver-program-requirements so if the rest of your family don't you need to make sure they do before you apply for your ESTA and travel.

Hulababy Sun 03-Sep-17 13:11:52

Are you sure the rest of your party don't have e-passports. They were introduced in 2006 in the UK.

Every one needs an ESTA - even babies and children.

Hulababy Sun 03-Sep-17 13:15:17

From The Guardian:

Biometric passports have been issued since spring 2006 and the Home Office stopped issuing old-style travel documents in the autumn of that year.

So, as majority of UK passports last 10 years everyone travelling now should surely have an appropriate passport.

loopsdefruit Sun 03-Sep-17 13:52:15

Hulababy I also thought that! But OP was a bit unclear about whether "the rest of the family don't" meant don't have e-passports, or don't need visas. So thought I'd make sure, as new passports can take a little while and having to re-do ESTAs for new passports would suck.

fucksakefay Sun 03-Sep-17 13:54:18

If you're all British citizens you'll be ok with ETSA each and as PPs have said you should all have electronic chips now

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