ESTA for Austrian Citizens
Austria became a member of the Visa Waiver Program in 1991 and this means that citizens of Austria are able to apply for an ESTA, as opposed to a US visa. This makes tourist and business trips to the US for citizens of Austria much simpler.
ESTA Requirements and Important Information
- Links to a biometric passport
- Can only be used for trips of up to 90 days maximum
- Is required if arriving in US by sea or air
- For business, tourism, medical or transit
- Can be used multiple times whilst ESTA is valid
- Children must have their own ESTA
- Is valid for two year (or when passport expires if sooner)
Benefits of Applying for ESTA for Austrian Citizens
Austrians that want to visit the US for a holiday, to see all of the sights, or even attend a business conference can benefit from the much simpler process of applying for an ESTA instead of a visa. The main difference between the two, is that the ESTA can be completed through just a short online form that will usually be approved (or declined) within 24 hours.
For citizens from countries that do not have the benefit of being in the VWP, the process is much longer. First they must complete the DS-160 form and then they arrange an interview at the US Embassy in their country. This can take weeks to happen and then for the Embassy to process the visa, sometimes even longer.
With an ESTA, Austrian citizens can simply fill the form in, which should take no longer than 20 minutes and then pay the application fee and submit the application. They will then receive a response via email in regards to whether their ESTA is approved. This all happens online and will usually be very fast.
As well as the faster, simpler process, the ESTA enables citizens from Austria to make multiple visits to the US using the same ESTA, as long as it is still valid.
How Austrian Citizens Can Apply for ESTA
Applying for an ESTA is very quick and straightforward, it just requires an internet connection, 10 minutes of time, a valid passport and email address, plus a card to make the payment for the application with. Applicants will need to provide details such as name, address, DOB and their travel itinerary. Their details will then be screened by the Department of Homeland Security to determine whether the application will get approved.
Once submitted, the confirmation of whether ESTA has been accepted or refused will be sent via email. This is usually very quick and can take just a few hours, but in some cases it can take longer, so it is advised that at least 72 hours prior to travelling is given for the application.
What to do if ESTA gets declined
If your ESTA gets refused then there may still be an option for you to travel to the US. Firstly, if you think that it has been refused due to an error you made when completing the ESTA, you may be able to re-apply for your ESTA with the correct information. Or, if the ESTA has been refused for another reason, you may be able to apply for a US visa instead by completing a DS-160 form and attending an interview at the US Embassy.
The address for the US Embassy in Austria is:
U.S. Embassy Vienna
1090 Vienna, Austria
Benefits of ESTA for Spanish citizens:
- Fast processing
- Business, tourism, medical or transit purposes
- Can be used on multiple visits to US
- ESTA form can be completed in 10 mins
- For trips to US of up to 90 days
- Use mobile or desktop to send application