Starting four months from today – January 12, 2009 – online registration will be required by all visa waiver travelers entering the United States.
Have you heard about this?
I mean. Really heard about it?
It seems the old pen and paper approach is out-dated, antiquated, archaic.
“What does this mean,” you ask?
It means that in addition to getting drilled at customs upon entering our beloved country, our friends and allies must now register online at least 72 hours prior to flying into the US or they will be denied boarding.
The good news is that once a person is registered and approved the application is valid for two years. The other good news is that residents of visa waiver countries don’t have to wait until they have travel plans to apply.
My recommendation is for anyone who could possibly have to go to the US on a last-minute trip, such as the spouse or close relative of an American citizen, register early. Seventy-two hours is a long time to wait when there is an emergency.
What are your thoughts on this new process? Do you think it will help American security issues or do you think it is just more red tape for honest people to cut through?
Happy Travels and Have a Great Weekend!
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