The USA ESTA stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization, it was introduced in 2009 by the Visa Waiver Program. The ESTA application form is available for citizens of eligible countries traveling to the United States for Tourism and Business purposes.
The ESTA USA is valid for a total of 2 years from the date of issue, and allows multiple entries for a maximum stay of 90 days each time.
Eligible citizens are required to complete the simple ESTA application form online, which only takes a few minutes to complete with personal and passport information.
It is also necessary for applicants to answer a few simple questions related to security and health matters. The ESTA allows the Department of Homeland Security of the United States to pre-screen travellers before travelling to the United States for safety.
Those eligible to apply for the ESTA Travel Authorization for the United States are able to travel to the United States on short notice without having to apply for a traditional visa at an embassy or consulate.
The ESTA Travel Authorization is issued for tourism and business purposes.
Foreign nationals traveling to the USA for other purposes such as to work, study are required to contact an United States Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence.