When must I submit a new ESTA application?

You can submit a new ESTA application any time you like, even if you currently have an active ESTA authorisation. There are also some circumstances when you will have to submit a new one. Here are a couple of reasons why you would need to submit a new one:
  • If you have already submitted your application but have made a mistake in one or more details relating to your biographical information, such as if you’ve made an error on your name, date of birth, passport number, etc.
  • Answering one of the eligibility questions incorrectly will also require a new ESTA application, but if you chose "yes" on one of the eligibility questions in error, then it would be best to contact CBP directly either by calling them or sending them an email. Contact information is available at the bottom of the page on the ESTA website. This information is needed to determine your authorisation, so any changes mean you’ll need a whole new application. There are some details, however, that you can change when you check your ESTA status, such as your email address, telephone number and the address you are staying at in the U.S.
It is important to bear in mind that every time you submit a new application, you also need to pay for the application fee, so be as careful as possible when filling in your details.
If you applied as a group, the person who is the designated contact person will have access to the group details and information. If you forgot to add someone in the group and you’ve already paid for the application for your group, then you will need to submit a new application for the person you have left out. Before making the payment, you can add up to 50 people on a group application.

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What Information Is Required for ESTA Application?

The ESTA application is a very short form that you can complete digitally and you must provide the information for a set of questions that will determine whether your application is approved or not. Generally, it will only take around 10 minutes to find all of the required information on the application but your application will be quicker if you have all of the required information to hand.

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Do I need to apply for ESTA if I have a stop-over in the United States?

Yes, even if your final destination is not the United States and you’re stopping at an airport in the U.S. for just an hour or two, you will still need to get an ESTA authorisation. You may not even be able to board your flight if you do not have a valid ESTA, as your airline will request this before your departure.

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