- What is ESTA?
- ESTA stands for the Electronic
System for Travel Authorization. It is an online application system
developed by the American Government to screen travelers before
they enter the United States. It provides a convenient way of applying
for entry authorization without the need to visit a US Diplomatic
Only citizens of the Visa Waiver Program countries can apply for
authorization using the ESTA system.
- Who needs to apply for ESTA?
- Anyone who is a citizen of
one of the Visa Waiver Program(VWP) countries.
The VWP currently covers the following countries :
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark,
Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland,
Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco,
Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Malta, San
Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom
- What other criteria do I need to meet?
- Your visit to the United
States must be for not more than 90 days for business, pleasure
or simply for transit; and
You must have a valid passport issued by one of the Visa Waiver
Program countries as listed above; and
You must have a return or onward ticket.
- How long is ESTA valid for?
- ESTA remains valid for 2
years or until your current passport expires, whichever is sooner.
- I have lost my ESTA
details, do I need to re-apply?
- If you have applied for your
ESTA through ESTAtour.com you can submit your details in the ‘My
Application’ form and we will retrieve your ESTA and forward it
to you free of charge.
I need to apply for ESTA even if I am not staying but just passing
through the US?
- Yes. You still need to get
- What should I do
if the information on my passport has changed?
- If you obtain a new passport
or there is a change to your passport information, you must apply
for a new ESTA and pay the associated fees.
The previous application will be cancelled.
Before you submit your application you will be given the opportunity
to double check all data entered, so please take the time to check
it carefully to prevent problems later on.
- My ESTA has been
disapproved. What do I need to do?
- If your application has not
been accepted by the ESTA system, you must obtain a visa to enter
the US. The traveler will be required to apply for a nonimmigrant
visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. For more information about
adequate visa type and application procedures, please contact US
Embassy in your area.
- How can I find out
the reason an ESTA was denied?
- There are no guarantees that
a request will resolve the Visa Waiver Program ineligibility that
caused an applicant’s ESTA application to be denied.
Please note that Embassies and Consulates are not able to provide
details about ESTA denials or resolve the issue that caused the
ESTA denial. Embassies and Consulates will be able to process an
application for a non-immigrant visa that, if approved, will be
the only way that a traveler whose ESTA application has been denied
would be authorized to travel to the United States.
- Is ESTA a visa type?
- ESTA is not a visa. It does
not guarantee you entry to the US. It states that you are eligible
to travel to the US under the VMP program. Your successful admission
will be subject to the US Customs and Border Protection officers’
inspection and discretion. The US Customs and Border Protection
officers at a port of entry have legal powers to declare an individual
inadmissible under the Visa Waiver Program for any reason.
- When do I need to
apply for a travel authorization?
- Applications may be submitted
at any time prior to travel to the United States. The Department
of Homeland Security recommends that travel authorization applications
be submitted at least 72 hours prior to travel.