Which are the Visa Waiver countries for the USA?

At present, to be eligible for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), you must be a citizen of a country that has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, as a “program country”. Note that if you are a permanent resident of a program country but are not a citizen, then you do not qualify for the visa waiver.
Currently there are 39 countries that meet the criteria of Section 217(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (Title 8 U.S.C § 1187), which includes passport security, a non-immigrant visa refusal rate of 3% or less, and ongoing compliance with the immigration law of the U.S.
The 39 countries and territories that are part of the Visa Waiver Program are:

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How can I check my ESTA is still valid?

You can check the status of your ESTA application at any time. Visit the governmental website, click on the Check Existing Application option, which will take you down to the Returning Applicants Check ESTA Status section.

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Will I be informed by email if my application is successful?

No, you will not receive an email notification and you will need to check the status of your application online.

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What happens if your ESTA expires while you are in the USA?

If you are in the US and your ESTA expires then it is not an issue, as your ESTA must only be valid when you are entering the border of the US. This is when you will get checked by the border control authorities, so when you are returning to the UK or wherever else, there is no requirement to have a valid ESTA.

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