By the end of this summer, the Department of Homeland Security will eliminate the paper arrival/departure form (Form I-94W) for travelers arriving in the U.S. from a number of nations, including Italy.
The change is intended to streamline travel. Instead, travelers who wish to enter the U.S. will provide biographical, travel and eligibility information in advance through an electronic system for travel authorization known as ESTA. All citizens of countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program (including Italy) must submit ESTA travel applications when making plans to visit the U.S.
The requirement does not affect U.S. citizens returning from travel overseas.
The Italian Embassy has compiled information on this change. To read more and learn how it may affect you, click here.