Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)

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

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ESTA Authorization Tool

Select Your Citizenship *

If your citizenship is not one of the listed countries, please select ‘None of the above countries’.

Choose your option *

I have been to North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 1, 2011.

I have dual citizenship of a Visa Waiver country and one of Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria

None of the above

Has your ESTA application been rejected before? *

Yes

No

Is your visit to US for less than 90 days in total?

Yes

No

Is your purpose for visiting US for:

Business, tourism, medical or transit

Other purposes

Unfortunately you're not eligible for ESTA, check our VISA directory to find out which one you need

Great you're eligible for ESTA

All Information about ESTA visa

  • ESTA stands for "Electronic System for Travel Authorization"
  • It is the automated system for entering the USA
  • Valid for 2 years and allows multiple entry into the USA
  • Visa Waiver Program allows the US Department for Homeland Security to see who is entering the US or travelling across the USA.
  • A debit/credit card is required to pay the fee
  • Money-back guarantee
  • ESTA can only be requested online through the form
  • More information you can find on the official website or visit the US Customs and Border Protection for other requirements.
ESTA is the Electronic System for Travel Authorization that has been put in place to replace the American express visa-system in the United States for certain countries. This is part of the 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 US. Just note that this is a travel authorization. By using this online service, you can travel to 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 USA during this time so long as your holidays or business trips to the U.S follow the requirements for ESTA.
The travel program was created by the Department of Homeland Security of the United States, permitting citizens of 39 nations, the freedom to travel to the United States of America without needing to apply for an official American 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 no longer than 90 days.

Eligible Countries of the VWP

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

The Future of VWP
Nominated and Mapped countries that can be part of the Visa Waiver Program.
  • The VWP currently includes 39 countries that are eligible for free entry to the USA.
  • Citizens from these countries currently benefit from being able to apply for an ESTA 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 an America visa, so it is very beneficial for citizens within the VWP list of countries when they want to travel to the USA.
  • Since the VWP was first set up, there have been several changes to the list of countries due to international relations between the USA and other countries. Originally there were 19 countries included before others joined them to make 28 before it grew to the current count of 39.
  • Argentina and Uruguay were members of VWP historically but currently are not, as the USA 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
4 EU countries; Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania could all be added to the VWP if the US Department of Homeland Security decided that these ‘road map’ countries should be included as visa-free.
The US Customs and Border Protection continually monitor the risks posed by the 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 4 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 prioritization 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 the security of the US Customs and Border Protection 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 USA security framework, rather than just an easy way to get access to enter the USA. Over the next few years, there could be many changes to the VWP, as the Department of Homeland Security continues to review the situation.
Related FAQs
What information do I need to know?
You should be aware of the requirements, such as eligibility, how long the permission lasts, and what this does, or does not, allow you to do during your trip. You can check our FAQ page for more information details.
How long does the application process take, and how long is it valid for?
The default amount of time is valid for 2 years. If your passport expires before two years from the time of your application, however, you will expire at the same time as your passport. You need to have a valid passport number, and will not allow you to travel without that, even though it is only necessary for entry into the United States.
Can I make multiple trips to the U.S. after my 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 USA.
How do you book for groups?
Group ESTA applications 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 payment 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 ESTA applications in the group.