Believe it or not, the British need a visa to be able to travel to the US as tourists even though Americans don’t need one to come to the UK (they only need to have a valid passport). I guess this is how the situation looks like and I am not sure anything is going to change about it anytime soon. The Germans and Slovenians don’t need a visa to travel to the US, so maybe in the future those traveling from the UK won’t need one as well.
For anybody traveling from the UK, getting to the US can be fairly easy, or it can turn into a nightmare like it happened in the case of this UK family who was denied entry to the country. For more details, you might want to read this article about ESTA visa refusal.
Who should be concerned about being denied entry to the US? Muslims should be especially careful while booking their holidays in the United States as they might be denied entry, although it doesn’t happen 100% of the time. The worst part is that you won’t even know if you will enter the US until you appear on one of the British airports with your suitcases ready for travel. I even remember a Spanish friend telling me his story: when he was about 20 years old (which was like 30 years ago), he traveled all the way to New York only to be denied entry there and had to return back to Spain. What a disappointment it must have been to him, and a huge waste of money and time too since he had to pay for his plane ticket.
If you would like to travel to the US, you will want to visit this website: www.estafasttrack.org.uk. You will find there an easy step-by step process that will allow you to obtain your ESTA Visa Waiver in no time.