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Tourist tax to pay to travel to the United States with the ESTA

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Since its establishment in September 2010, if you are going to do a tourist trip to the United States requesting authorization through ESTA form, you must pay one tourist tax.

Below you have the information you should know about this prerequisite to your trip.

1.- What is the tourist rate

Paying a tourist fee is a requirement established by the United States authorities for all persons traveling to that country by filling in ESTA form.

From this procedure we benefit the residents of a good part of European countries, including Spain, which in this way we do not need to apply for a visa.

This tourist rate is a requirement that was very controversial when it was approved by the United States Senate in 2010 because in practice it represents a tax for the tourists We travel to the United States.

2.- How much does the tourist rate cost in the United States

He amount to be paid for the tourist fee It's 14 dollars.

Said amount is justified by the United States Customs Department, on the one hand, to pay the system costs of the ESTA form (4 dollars), and on the other hand, 10 dollars in concept of “Travel promotion”... which seems a contradiction.

3.- How the tourist fee is paid

In any case, at the time of complete the ESTA form, or to renew it (always at least 72 hours before the trip to the United States begins), previously you must make the online payment of the tourist fee of 14 dollars.

This payment is carried out only through the official website of the Customs Department, exclusively with credit or debit cards MasterCard, VISA, American expressor Discover.

Specifically, in the application process, before filling out the form you must give your bank card details so that you will be charged the 4 dollars corresponding to the management expense.

And once you have approved the authorization to travel to the United States, they will charge you the other 10 dollars.

In conclusion, if you are organizing your trip to the United States for the next few weeks, you already know that you will have to pay that tourist fee that will allow you to travel to that country during the period of two years after your application has been approved.

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