Do I have to pay the ESTA fee as a Swiss citizen?
Yes, the United States Travel Promotion Act of 2009 imposes an ESTA fee. The fee charged by most websites is divided into two parts:
- Processing Fee: All travelers applying for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization usually pay an initial fee to cover the cost of processing and submitting the ESTA application. The fee also applies to Swiss citizens. The processing fee varies depending on the website the applicant utilizes to submit the application.
- Government Fee: There is a mandatory U.S. government fee of USD 21 which is included in the total price.
The mandatory U.S. government fee and the processing fee are charged at the same time and must be paid by credit card (Visa or Mastercard).
If your application is approved and you are granted permission to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, your ESTA US will be valid for 2 years.