2008 News Archive - Holidays - Brits warned to check US visa regulations

15 01 2009

As the world counts down the days until the inauguration of the new president Barack Obama, Brits hoping to travel to the US have been cautioned about the new visa regulations governing entry to the country.

Any UK citizen travelling to the US, whether to Washington for the swearing in or to neighbouring Virginia, the historic home state of many previous presidents, must register themselves online at least 72 hours before departure under the visa waiver scheme.

Travel advice site EssentialTravel.co.uk cited a report which showed that 60 per cent of Brits are unaware of the new scheme, known as the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA).

Stuart Bensusan, insurance director for the website, said: "Sadly ignorance is no excuse. We don’t expect US Immigration officials are going to be lenient to anyone who turns up without the necessary clearance."

Barack Obama's inauguration will take place on January 20th.

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