ESTA for San Marino Citizens
San Marino became part of the Visa Waiver Program in 1991 and as part of the VWP, citizens of San Marino can apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) as an alternative to applying for a visa.
ESTA Requirements and Important Information
- Applicant must have a biometric passport
- ESTA is for travel under tourism, business, transit and medical purposes
- Can be used for US visits of up to 90 days limit
- Issued for two years, or when the passport expires (the soonest date)
- The same ESTA can be used numerous times to visit US
- Authorization is required for people flying or sailing to US
- Children are required to have their own ESTA
Benefits of Applying for ESTA for San Marino Citizens
San Marino citizens are able to visit the US using the ESTA as a much faster way to get travel authorization in comparison to the US visa. The main reason it is much easier to apply for an ESTA is because it is all done through an online form instead of travelling to the US Embassy for an interview.
This also makes the process a lot quicker, as the ESTA gets processed within 24 hours usually. A visa can take much longer to process, with it sometimes taking a while to book an appointment at the US Embassy when they are busy.
Another benefit of using an ESTA instead of a visa is that it costs less for the application fee than the visa does. Additionally, the ESTA is valid for two years and the ESTA can be used to visit the US multiple times in that period.
How to Apply for ESTA
Citizens from San Marino can easily apply for an ESTA by completing the short online form. Visit the ESTA website to fill in the details including personal information such as name, address, date of birth, as well as passport details. There are also some questions related to health and criminal convictions.
To apply for an ESTA, the applicant requires a biometric passport that the ESTA will electronically link to if the application is approved. Once the details have been filled in, it is important that the applicant reviews their answers so that they can check for any errors. A mistake on thean online formapplication form can lead to the ESTA getting declined.
The next step is to make the application fee payment and when that goes through, the application will be submitted. The authorities will process the application and you will receive an update through the email address that you provided.
What if an ESTA is Declined?
In the situation where an ESTA gets declined, the applicant may still be able to obtain authorization to travel to the US. Where the ESTA has been refused because of an error on the form, then a second application can be submitted with the correct details. Other reasons for the refusal may require the applicant to try applying for a visa instead by visiting the US Embassy.
US Embassy for San Marino Citizens
Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci, 38
50123 Florence, Italy
Benefits of ESTA for San Marino citizens:
- Valid for visits of up to 90 days
- Make multiple trips to US on same ESTA
- Quick processing time
- Fast to fill form in
- Use mobile, laptop or desktop to apply
- For business, tourism, medical or transit purposes