An Entry Visa Application Form to the USA (ESTA)

Fast track your ESTA application process to travel to the USA.

  • Simplified ESTA form
  • Email support agents
  • Manual review of your application
  • Money back guarantee
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3 Steps to your successful US ESTA application

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Personal Information
Passport control
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Confirm Your Details
Confirmation details
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Payment Method
Payment

Useful Information about ESTA visa

  • ESTA stands for "Electronic System for Travel Authorization"
  • It is the automated system for entering the United States
  • Up to 90 days stay in the US
  • Valid for 2 years and allows multiple entry into the United States
  • It is not a visa, but a Visa Waiver Program that allows the US government to see who is entering the US or travelling across the US
  • A debit/credit card is required to pay the fee
  • Money-back guarantee
  • ESTA can only be requested online through the form
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What is ESTA?

ESTA is the Electronic System for Travel Authorization that has been put in place to replace the Visa system in the United States for certain countries. This is part of the Visa Waiver System (commonly shortened to VWP), and is a way of sorting your entry easily via the online application, before you make your trip to the United States. Just note that this is a travel authorization, and is not the same thing as a visa.
By using this online visa waiver service, you can enter the United States for business or for pleasure over the duration of 2 years, so long as your trip lasts no longer than 90 days. The ESTA is valid for the entire duration, and you can make multiple trips to the United States during this time so long as your holidays or business trips to the U.S follow the requirements for ESTA.
Why should I complete the ESTA form?
Before going to the U.S., you’ll need to obtain permission. The ESTA form is a travel authorization which will let you travel to the U.S. over a period of 2 years, and which is quicker and easier to obtain than the strong traditional visa.
The ESTA form is ideal for all travel arrangements to the U.S from participating VWP countries, as it is processed very quickly. For some travellers, they will find that their form has been processed and approved within minutes, and a long processing time still only takes 72 hours. You can find instructions on how to apply here. It is worth noting however that the ESTA form does not completely guarantee your entry to the United States - the U.S Border Authority still have the final say on who can or cannot enter the country, so make sure to keep all of your documentation in order when you arrive.

What information do I need to know?
You should be aware of the basic requirements for ESTA, such as eligibility, how long the ESTA permission lasts, and what this does, or does not, allow you to do during your trip. You can check our FAQ page for more details.

How long does the ESTA application process take, and how long is ESTA valid for?
Although the form can be processed within even a few minutes, you can receive an answer to your application within 72 hours. You should try and complete it before your flight with sufficient time to apply for a visa in the event your application isn’t accepted.

Vacation and Sightseeing
Travel around the USA by car, bus, boat or plane. Apply for an ESTA online to begin your journey exploring the USA.

Business Meetings and Travel
The ESTA allows you to enter the USA for business or personal pleasure, for a maximum of 90 days. Fill out the ESTA form online and enjoy your travels with a piece of mind.

Stopovers in the USA
Airline passengers often require to make a scheduled stopover in the USA. There are no transit areas at American airports. Apply for your ESTA online to ensure you have the freedom to move around.
Can I make multiple trips to the U.S. after my ESTA application is approved?
Yes. Your application is valid for two years, or until your passport expires - whichever happens first. During this period, you can travel to the U.S. as often as you like. However it is recommended that you don’t travel to the US without leaving a gap between trips that any other traveller would, as the border guards may think you are travelling for purposes other than tourism or business, such as to live in the United States.

How do you book for groups with ESTA?
Group applications for ESTA can be filled out, and only require a payment for each application. You will need to have a group contact person, who is also the applicant. They will need to input information such as their name, date of birth, and email address. The group contact person can then add other new applicants to the group. Payment for the group must be made in one payement and you do have to pay for the applications individually.
Sometimes one of the group member’s applications may show as “pending”. This will not affect the processing of the other applications in the group.

How long is ESTA valid for?
The default amount of time ESTA is valid for is 2 years. If your passport expires before two years from the time of your application, however, then your ESTA will expire at the same time as your passport. You need to have a valid passport to travel, and ESTA will not allow you to travel without that, even though it is only necessary for entry into the United States. You can read more on how to apply for ESTA  .

Can my children travel using ESTA?
Your children can also travel under the ESTA scheme, and you will be able to fill out their application for them. If you have more than one child travelling, they will each need their own ESTA application filed separately. You must enter the questions truthfully as if they were filling their own application, as you are responsible for them as their guardian. Children cannot travel on their parent’s passport, and they will require their own passport to travel.

Eligible Countries of the Visa Waiver Program

Citizens whose country is participating in the Visa Waiver Program are qualify to apply for ESTA. It is important to know if you eligible for ESTA visa before you arrange any travel plans to the USA.
Andorra

Andorra

Australia

Australia

Austria

Austria

Belgium

Belgium

Brunei

Brunei

Chile

Chile

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Denmark

Denmark

Estonia

Estonia

Finland

Finland

France

France

Germany

Germany

Greece

Greece

Hungary

Hungary

Iceland

Iceland

Ireland

Ireland

Italy

Italy

Japan

Japan

Latvia

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Malta

Malta

Monaco

Monaco

Netherlands

Netherlands

New Zealand

New Zealand

Norway

Norway

Portugal

Portugal

San Marino

San Marino

Singapore

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovakia

Slovenia

Slovenia

South Korea

South Korea

Spain

Spain

Sweden

Sweden

Switzerland

Switzerland

Taiwan* Citizens with Taiwanese national ID number only

Taiwan* Citizens with Taiwanese national ID number only

United Kingdom* Only British citizens

United Kingdom* Only British citizens

USA Travel Program
  • The ESTA travel program was created by the Department of Homeland Security of the United States, permitting citizens of 38 nations, the freedom to to the strong United States of America without a needing to apply for an official visa.
  • The ESTA application can be completed online within 20 minutes. An approved ESTA allows you unlimited entry to the United States as long as each visit is not longer than 90 days.

How to Apply for ESTA?

More information about the ESTA travel program and how to apply for it, you can find below on the video. Inside the video, it's explained the whole process for the Visa Waiver Program.

The Future of VWP

Nominated and Mapped countries that can be part of the Visa Waiver Program.
  • The Visa Waiver Program currently includes 38 countries that are eligible for visa-free entry to the US.
  • Citizens from these countries currently benefit from being able to apply for an ESTA visa if they wish to visit the US for business, tourism or transit purposes. The process of applying for an ESTA USA is much quicker and simpler than the application process for a US visa, so it is very beneficial for citizens within the VWP list of countries when they want to visit the US.
  • Since the VWP was first set up, there have been several changes to the list of countries due to international relations between the US and other countries. Originally there were 19 countries included before others joined them to make 28, before it grew to the current count of 38.
  • Argentina and Uruguay were members of VWP historically but currently are not, as the US continually assesses various factors to decide whether there may be a risk by including them in VWP. Argentina’s removal from the VWP was a result of the country’s financial crisis, with concerns regarding mass people seeking emigration.
COUNTRIES THAT COULD BE ADDED TO THE VWP
5 EU countries; Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania could all be added to the VWP if the US government decide that these ‘road map’ countries should be included as visa-free. When Obama was in office, he met with the Polish President and confirmed that Poland would be added but that agreement has never been actioned to date.
The US government continually monitors the risks posed by country’s citizens and as recently as 2018, Hungary was considered to be taken out of VWP due to the high volume of passport fraud.
In addition to the 5 EU countries mentioned above as being possible additions to the VWP in the near future, experts have also suggested that Argentina, Brazil and Israel could be included in the VWP at some point soon.
The decisions around adding or removing countries from the VWP are complex and whilst officials for the tourism sector are keen to include more countries to boost the US economy, that is not the key concern. The prioritisation of security is a big determiner in whether countries are added or removed and with the terrorist acts that have taken place in recent years, improving security of the US borders is a key factor in VWP decision-making.
There are now talks about the VWP being rebranded to reflect that it is part of the US’ security framework, rather than just an easy way to get access to enter the US. Over the next few years, there could be many changes to the VWP, as the US government continues to review the situation.