New rules for travellers to the US

We got an email overnight from Lotusphere telling us that to get into the US from the 1st of January next year you have to go through an application process before you travel:


Beginning on January 1, 2009, the Electronic System for Travel Authorization or ESTA will be implementing new regulations in regard to VISA waivers for persons traveling TO the United States. The following countries will be required to use the Visa Waiver Program to enter the United States. Electronic pre-registration through ESTA is MANDATORY after January 1, 2009, for entry into the United States.

For further information please so to:

I’ve not heard tell of this stupid new rule anywhere else so take note if you’re travelling to the US in 2009 onwards.