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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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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Do I need specific travel plans to apply for ESTA?

You do not need specific travel plans when you are applying for an ESTA, you just need to fill in the address where you will be staying. If you’re travelling around the U.S. then you can just write the first place you’re staying at as a point of reference.

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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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