ESTA for Singaporean Citizens
Singapore has been part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) since 1999, allowing Singaporean citizens to take advantage of using an ESTA rather than a visa to visit the US. This has been very beneficial for tourism and business with Singaporean visitors to the US.
ESTA Requirements and Important Information
- Requires a valid, biometric passport•Valid for up to a maximum 90 days
- An ESTA (or visa) is required for travellers either flying or arriving by sea to the US
- ESTA is valid for two years, or until the linked passport expires
- Can be used for tourism, business, medical or transit
- Children require an individual ESTA
- A valid ESTA can be used for multiple visits to the US
Applying for an ESTA
Applying for an ESTA is much simpler than applying for a visa, usually taking less than 20 minutes to complete and submit the application. The ESTA is an online form consisting of a set of questions that will determine whether the ESTA is approved or decline. Issues that could cause the ESTA to be declined include any errors on the application, criminal convictions, health issues or links with terrorist activity.
In order to apply for an ESTA, Singaporean citizens must have a valid passport and they will also need to have an email address that the response for the application will be sent to. The other requirement is to have a method to pay the online application fee, such as a debit or credit card.
If the ESTA is approved, the holder is able to use their ESTA for multiple visits to the US, provided that their passport is still valid. If the passport that it links to expires then a new ESTA will be required to link up to the new passport, it is not possible to transfer an ESTA. It is recommended that the application for US ESTA is submitted well in advance of the travel dates, so that ant issues can be resolved in time. Usually, the ESTA will be approved on the same day but sometimes there are longer waits at busy periods, or if there is any issue with the details provided in the application.
How Singaporean Citizens Can Use ESTA
Citizens of Singapore can apply for an ESTA to allow them to visit the US for tourism, business, medical or transit purposes. The ESTA is valid for up to two years, or until the holder’s passport expires, whichever one is the sooner. During the validity of the ESTA, it authorizes multiple trips to the US, without needing to reapply each time you visit the US. The ESTA works by electronically linking to the person’s passport and the US border agents will be able to see that the ESTA is valid on their system at border control.
Important Advice for ESTA Application
One of the most common reasons an ESTA is declined is because the applicant made a mistake on the application form. Therefore, it is a good idea to check and double-check your completed form before you submit it, to pick up any errors and correct them to avoid problems.
What if my ESTA is Declined?
In the event that your ESTA application is declined, there are alternative options, such as applying for a business or tourist visa. To do this, you will need to submit a D-160 form and arrange an interview at your US Embassy.
Singapore US Embassy Address:
US Embassy Singapore
27 Napier Road
Benefits of ESTA for Singaporean citizens:
- Can use ESTA for multiple US visits
- Processing time is fast
- Visit US for tourism, business, medical or transit purposes
- Valid for visits of up to 90 days
- Application is quick to fill in
- Fill in form using mobile or desktop