ESTA Requirements

There are a number of requirements for the ESTA application. These are based on a number of factors, such as your nationality, health status, and criminal record. These factors should be taken into consideration when applying for your ESTA, as if you are not approved you will need to apply for a standard Visa when entering the country.

Entry Requirements for the US

Biometric data will be taken at arrival and leaving - these include fingerprints, scans, and photographs. Usually this involves a photograph of your face, and this can be carried out by border agents or through APC kiosks, which allow you to fill in a lot of the information yourself. You simply then take the printout of your information to the border agent and complete the final stages of entering the country.
There is a list of Items allowed and not allowed - the US has some items which are restricted. Become familiar with the items not allowed list and check to see if anything that you plan on bringing is on the list. You may be subject to baggage inspection when passing through security. If so, you will need to allow the security officer to search your baggage. You can then repack it and close it.


My ESTA application was denied. What now?

If your ESTA application is denied, there are different options for what can be done. Resubmitting an application when none of your circumstances have changed will lead to your application being denied.
If a reapplication is submitted but with false information, to try and gain acceptance into the program, the applicant will be made permanently ineligible when applying under the Visa Waiver Program.
If you have had your ESTA application denied, you should instead apply for a normal visa into the US.
You should visit the Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where you can find further information on applying for and acquiring a visa, or contact your embassy for further information.
Do you have any further questions? Check our FAQ page.