USA ‘ESTA’ e-visas – be careful!


    All New Zealand passport holders need an “ESTA” when entering the USA by air, even if they are only in transit in Los Angeles with Air New Zealand enroute to London.

    You do not need an ESTA if entering the USA overland from Canada or Mexico.

    Please be careful when obtaining your USA e-visas, known as ESTA’s online – there’s lots of websites out there charging up to USD$80 whereas the official website of the Department of Homeland Security only charges USD$14 for a 2 year multiple-entry visa currently – so only go to https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta