Is my ESTA still valid?

You can check the status of your ESTA at any time. You can contact us at any time to check on its status. If it has been less than two years since you applied, and your passport is still valid, then your ESTA should be valid too. If you already applied for ESTA, you can check the validity of your ESTA, so you will be sure if it's valid while travelling or before booking your flights.
Your ESTA authorisation will run out the two years from the date on which it was authorised, or when your passport expires, whichever is the sooner date. ESTA does not renew itself automatically, irrespective of whether you actually visit the USA or not at any point during the two-year period. When the two-year period ends, or your passport expires, you will need to apply for a new ESTA yourself, following the same procedures as you did the first time you applied for ESTA via the website.
You will also need to apply for a new ESTA if you experience a change in:
  • Legal name
  • Gender
  • Citizenship
  • Or other alteration to your biographical information
Other changes can be updated to your application at any time. However, if your status or any new information about you compromises your eligibility for the Visa Waiver Program, then you will not be able to apply for ESTA again.
It is important that your ESTA is valid on the date that you are entering the US, although it does not matter if it expires whilst you are in the US, as long as you do not stay longer than the 90 days limit. Confirmation of this is available on the US Customs and Border Protection website.

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