Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)

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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 40 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 40 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 40.
  • 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
3 EU countries; Bulgaria, 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 3 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.
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Can children fly with ESTA?

If a child is the citizen of a country that is part of the Visa Waiver Program then they will require a valid ESTA to travel to the United States. This applies to children of all ages, including infants, in the exact same way that adults require an ESTA for permission to enter the US.

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Can a third party fill out my ESTA application for me?

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Is my ESTA still valid?

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My ESTA application expires during my trip. Does it have to be valid the wholetime I’m in the U.S?

Your ESTA authorisation needs to be valid for when you enter the U.S. and will allow you to stay within U.S. territory for up to 90 days from when you land. Therefore, it is okay if your ESTA does not remain not valid throughout your stay in the United States as long as you do not overstay the limit of 90 days.

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Can ESTA be extended?

It is not possible to extend your ESTA but you are able to renew your ESTA. To renew your ESTA, you must submit a new application, in the same way, that you submitted your previous one.

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Can I fix a mistake on my ESTA application?

Prior to payment, you can amend all the details in your application. Once you have paid and submitted your ESTA application, there are some mistakes that you can amend but the majority will require for you to submit a completely new application.

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Can I use my post-dated passport?

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Do I need a digital passport for ESTA?

Yes, all applicants for ESTA must have unexpired, up-to-date, and valid digital passports. This also applies to children of all ages, including infants. The passport must remain valid for the entire duration of your stay in the United States.

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Do I need a new ESTA application if my name has changed due to marriage,divorce, or another legal proceeding?

If your name has changed but you have not yet submitted your application, then you should make your changes and submit it. Although the form can be completed in minutes and the process of obtaining authorisation is usually quick, the U.S. authorities recommend completing the form at least 72 hours prior to your flight, or at the time of booking.

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Do I need any other documents apart from ESTA?

Yes, you require your passport to travel to the US as well as your ESTA asthe authorisation is centred around your passport number. This must be an electronicpassport (ePassport) with a digital chip containing biometric information about thepassport owner and that also has a machine readable zone on the biographic page.

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