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DHS/USCBP RIN: 1651-AB45 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) Operational Fee Change 

This rule amends Electronic System for Travel Authorization regulations (ESTA) to reflect a change to the $4.00 operational fee based on a recent fee study conducted by CBP. The Travel Promotion Act of 2009 (TPA) mandated that the Secretary of Homeland Security establish a fee for the use of ESTA and begin assessing and collecting the fee no later than six months after enactment. The TPA provided that the initial fee consist of a sum to fund the newly authorized Corporation for Travel Promotion plus an amount that will at least ensure recovery of the full costs of providing and administering the system, as determined by the Secretary (known as the operational fee or the processing charge). In 2010, DHS announced that it would charge a $4.00 operational fee to each ESTA applicant to ensure recovery of the full costs of providing and administering the system. Since that time, CBP has implemented many enhancements to the ESTA program resulting in the need to reassess the operational fee. Accordingly, CBP recently conducted a fee study to determine that operational fee is set at an amount that at least ensures full recovery of ESTA operating costs.

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 8 CFR 217.5   
Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1103    8 U.S.C. 1187   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  10/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Macharia Davis
Branch Chief ESTA/EVUS, Admissibility and Passenger Program, Office of Field Operations
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20229
Phone:202 344-2589