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USA ESTA Information

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, transit, 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, transit, 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.

A multiple-entry travel authorization
Stay for 90 days with each entry
Valid for 2 years from issue
Valid for entry by air or sea
Electronically linked to the passport upon approval
For purposes of tourism, business, or transit
What is necessary?

Valid passport

Valid debit/credit card details

Current email

ESTA for the USA requirements

The ESTA for the United States, VISA waiver Program requirements are listed below.

  • Valid passport from one of the ESTA eligible countries
  • Valid credit or debit card to pay the fee.
  • Current email address

In rare cases the border control might ask further questions to support the ESTA documents required, such as the address of the first place where the applicant will be staying.

Countries Eligible for United States

Citizens from the countries listed below are eligible to apply online to enter United States

Countries Eligible for United States

ESTA USA Application Steps

Complete online application
Confirm Payment
Receive approved Visa

How to complete the online application for the ESTA ?

You can complete the US ESTA application in just a few minutes by providing basic personal, passport, and travel information, and answering a few security and health-related questions.

It is also necessary to pay the ESTA fee before submitting the form, as well as to double-check all the details provided are correct to avoid any unnecessary delays.

How to confirm payment for the US ESTA ?

In order to pay the US ESTA processing fee, it is necessary to have a valid credit or debit card, as other payment methods are not accepted for the online application.

After entering all of the necessary information on the form, you will be prompted to enter your card details and confirm the payment in order to submit the ESTA application for processing.

How do I receive my approved ESTA for the USA ?

Once approved, a US ESTA is electronically linked to the applicant’s passport, which can then be presented to board transportation for the US and to enter the United States at border checkpoints.

Although in some cases it may take up to 72 hours, an ESTA authorization is usually approved within 24 hours of the application being submitted.

Covid Update for United States

Last update: 06/05/2021

All passengers aged 2 years and older must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) or a viral antigen test, taken no more than 3 days before departure from the first embarkation point. This also applies to those transiting through the United States. The passenger’s details on the certificate must match those on the passport or other travel document. The test result must specify “negative” or “not detected” (those with “invalid” are not accepted). US military personnel are exempt, as are passengers with a medical certificate with a positive Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 90 days before departure from the first embarkation point, and a letter issued by a health authority stating that the passenger has been cleared for travel. Arrivals from the UK must also complete a disclosure and attestation form prior to traveling to the US. All travelers must comply with the coronavirus measures of the state or territory they arrive in. DV-1, DV-2, and DV-3 visas with the annotation “Entry Subject to PP 10014” issued after 4 September 2020 are not accepted for entry until 31 March 2021. Belarussian passports that expired between 30 April 2020 and 31 July 2020 are considered valid for a further 3 months for entry to the USA. All foreign nationals who have traveled to the following countries within the past 14 days are not currently permitted to enter the US: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, or the UK (apart from overseas territories not in Europe). Foreign students arriving from the European Schengen Area, Ireland, or the UK are exempt from the ban if they hold a valid F-1 or M-1 visa for the US (as may their dependents holding F-2 and M-2 visas), as long as they have not been in Brazil, China, or Iran in the previous 14 days. Other exceptions include permanent residents of the US, immediate family members of US citizens or residents, members of the US Armed Forces and their family members, and certain other special cases. Passengers with the following visas are exempt from the travel ban: A-1, A-2, C-1, C-1/D, C-2, C-3, CR-1, CR-2, D, E-1 (as an employee of TECRO or TECO or the employee’s immediate family members), G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, IR-1, IR-4, IH-4, IV, K-1, K-2, K-3, or K-4 visa, or a NATO-1 through NATO-4, or NATO-6 visa. Merchant seamen with a C-1 visa must have an NIE waiver. Check the requirements for travelers of different nationalities to enter the country according to the US visa policy.

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United States Visa FAQ

  • What is the ESTA visa for the USA ?

    ESTA stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization. It is an Electronic Travel Authorization which allows citizens from visa exempt countries to travel to the United States on short notice for tourism, transit, and business purposes.

  • How long is the USA ESTA Valid for?

    The USA ESTA is valid for 2 years, or until the passport used during the application expires. The ESTA allows multiple entries to the United States for a maximum duration of 90 days each time, during its validity.

  • How long can I stay in the United States?

    The ESTA allows visits of up to 90 days each visit.

  • Who is eligible for an ESTA for the United States?

    Applicants are able to check their eligibility for the countries eligible for the ESTA using the visa checker at the top of this page.

    The top visitors to United States with the ESTA come from the following countries:

    • United Kingdom
    • Japan
    • Germany
    • Slovenia
    • France
    • Australia
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Monaco
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • Ireland
    • Taiwan
    • Denmark
    • New Zealand
    • Belgium
  • What are the restrictions of the USA ESTA visa?

    Restrictions of the ESTA Travel Authorization include remaining in the country for periods exceeding 90 days, working with an ESTA for the USA and studying.

  • How much does the USA ESTA visa cost?

    The government USA ESTA application fee is $14.There is also a service fee of an additional $14, which covers the information, support, and assistance provided in completing the ESTA form.

  • What happens if my ESTA application is denied?

    If the US ESTA cannot be approved online because the US ESTA visa application is rejected, we recommend contacting the nearest United state Embassy or consulate.

  • How do I apply for an ESTA online?

    Applying for a USA ESTA online is fast and straightforward. Eligible citizens are required to complete a simple online application form with personal and passport information, answer a few simple health and security related questions, and pay the ESTA fee.

  • What do I need to complete an ESTA application?

    To complete an ESTA application, applicants are required to have a valid passport from an eligible country.

    US ESTA requirements also include having a valid credit or debit card to pay the ESTA fee, and providing a current email address.

  • How long will my USA ESTA take to process?

    The ESTA processing time usually takes up to 24 hours after submission. However, in some cases it may take up to 72 hours.

    It is recommended that applicants should apply at least 72 hours (3 days) before the intended date of entry to the United States

  • How can I apply for a USA ESTA for my children?

    Eligible citizens, including minors, are required to apply for a USA ESTA Travel Authorization. Children are required to have a valid ESTA when travelling to the United States.

  • I made a mistake on my ESTA application. How can I correct it?

    During the application process it is essential to double check all the information provided on the ESTA form to avoid any mistakes, as the ESTA application cannot be corrected after submission to the Government of the USA.

  • What happens if my ESTA application is denied?

    In the rare event that an ESTA application is rejected, travelers will need to contact the American Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence for further information.

  • Do I need to apply for a USA ESTA if I already have a visa for the US?

    Applicants with a valid US visa are not required to apply for the ESTA Travel Authorization.

  • How can I renew my USA ESTA visa waiver?

    Renewing an ESTA Travel Authorization is simple and straightforward. To renew an ESTA visa waiver it is necessary to submit a new application.

    Foreign citizens may apply for a new ESTA any time before or after the expiration date of their existing ESTA

  • Can I apply for an USA ESTA while in the USA?

    Eligible citizens are required to apply for an ESTA and receive approval before traveling to the United States.

    An ESTA cannot be renewed whilst in the United States, it is necessary to first leave the country and submit a new application.

  • How can I check the status of my ESTA application?

    Applicants can check the visa status of the ESTA application directly on the Government webpage.

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