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    Shirley I can't be the only person she is driving insane?
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    Just be careful when typing your data.
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    10 Jun '17 13:351 edit
    Originally posted by vandervelde
    Just be careful when typing your data.
    It's an infuriating website. If you don't type quickly enough the information is lost and you have to start again. I had $14 taken from my account only to then be told that they had never heard of me. I retrieved the $14 and reapplied and was charged $4 just to be told that I would not be granted a visa. Looks like I may end up having to arrange an appointment at the American Embasssy in London just to discuss it. I just feel like giving up on my holiday and writing off the £240 deposit I have paid.
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    10 Jun '17 13:44
    Wouldn't it have been better to get the visa before paying a deposit?

    I never had any problems with the esta website, they even sent me an email saying when it was going to expire and if I wanted to renew it.
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    10 Jun '17 20:50
    Originally posted by Trev33
    Wouldn't it have been better to get the visa before paying a deposit?

    I never had any problems with the esta website, they even sent me an email saying when it was going to expire and if I wanted to renew it.
    I now appear to have been refused for a third time. The site may now be rejecting me because I got Pay Pal to get my initial payment back. The agent with whom I booked the holiday said it was not unusual to get an electronic visa refused a number of times.

    As for getting a visa before paying for the holiday that's difficult as the ESTA application form wants to know where I will be staying and where exactly I will be arriving in the USA.

    I'm going to cut my losses and plan a trip somewhere in Europe instead.
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    11 Jun '17 00:10
    Originally posted by drewnogal
    I now appear to have been refused for a third time. The site may now be rejecting me because I got Pay Pal to get my initial payment back. The agent with whom I booked the holiday said it was not unusual to get an electronic visa refused a number of times.

    As for getting a visa before paying for the holiday that's difficult as the ESTA application form ...[text shortened]... arriving in the USA.

    I'm going to cut my losses and plan a trip somewhere in Europe instead.
    Book a few nights on booking.com, use that address, print off the confirmation screen then cancel your booking. When you arrive at imaginations, use the same address and go to your newly booked place 😉

    Little trick for the future.

    Can't you just contact the American embassy? Shame to lose the deposit.
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    14 Jun '17 19:121 edit
    Originally posted by drewnogal
    Shirley I can't be the only person she is driving insane?
    Pardon my ignorance but what is ESTA?
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    14 Jun '17 19:29
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    Pardon my ignorance but what is ESTA?
    English Seniors Take Action.
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    14 Jun '17 19:30
    Originally posted by drewnogal
    It's an infuriating website. If you don't type quickly enough the information is lost and you have to start again. I had $14 taken from my account only to then be told that they had never heard of me. I retrieved the $14 and reapplied and was charged $4 just to be told that I would not be granted a visa. Looks like I may end up having to arrange an appoint ...[text shortened]... scuss it. I just feel like giving up on my holiday and writing off the £240 deposit I have paid.
    Come to Canada...we trust you no visa required.
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    14 Jun '17 21:26
    Originally posted by Great Big Stees
    English Seniors Take Action.
    Ah, about chess players? Senior masters I take it:0
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    14 Jun '17 22:43
    Originally posted by Great Big Stees
    Come to Canada...we trust you no visa required.
    My error sorry. It's a visa waiver I was trying to obtain not a visa. The electronic form is three pages long. It's more complicated that the British application for a passport! Once the form is submitted you can check whether or not travel to the USA is authorised. It's simply a yes or no with no explanation if it is refused. You can't even retrieve your original application to ammend it. Each time you reapply you complete a new electronic form. I have no idea why I've been refused? I tried 5 times and on the fifth try I was allowed to fill all of my information in only to be told that my passport number was no longer acceptable to complete the process. The only alternative was to book an appointment at the American Embassy in London at a cost of $160. It's not possible to speak to a human being over the phone at the embassy. The additional expense of getting to London etc would have cost almost £200.

    I decided to cut my losses and cancel my holiday in Florida. I'm obviously a more dangerous 61 year old woman than I was ever aware of. 😕 I'll never book a holiday in the USA again.
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    15 Jun '17 01:42
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    Pardon my ignorance but what is ESTA?
    It's like NASA but for real travel.
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    15 Jun '17 01:44
    Originally posted by drewnogal
    My error sorry. It's a visa waiver I was trying to obtain not a visa. The electronic form is three pages long. It's more complicated that the British application for a passport! Once the form is submitted you can check whether or not travel to the USA is authorised. It's simply a yes or no with no explanation if it is refused. You can't even retrieve your ...[text shortened]... erous 61 year old woman than I was ever aware of. 😕 I'll never book a holiday in the USA again.
    Greece 🙂
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    15 Jun '17 13:46
    Originally posted by divegeester
    Greece 🙂
    No, no....Canada. We Canadians love the Welsh and most especially those with roots in Poland. 😉 Besides the weather here at the moment is hotter than those in Florida and our government is much more "solid" than those of any of the choices mentioned in this thread thus far and as an added bonus our dollar is low in relation to the US dollar. I need to get a job with the Canadian Tourist Bureau. I've almost convinced myself to vacation here myself. 🙂
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    15 Jun '17 18:591 edit
    Originally posted by Great Big Stees
    No, no....Canada. We Canadians love the Welsh and most especially those with roots in Poland. 😉 Besides the weather here at the moment is hotter than those in Florida and our government is much more "solid" than those of any of the choices mentioned in this thread thus far and as an added bonus our dollar is low in relation to the US dollar. I need ...[text shortened]... a job with the Canadian Tourist Bureau. I've almost convinced myself to vacation here myself. 🙂
    I never fancied a holiday in Canada until I fell in love with the quiet, shaded, tranquil beauty of the woodland near my home. How do I go about booking a wooden cabin with a large porch, swing seat and view of a lake in a bear free zone?

    Forget the ski slopes...far too risqué for a lady my age!!!
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