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ESTA Application for Citizens of Spain

ESTA (United States Travel Authorization) for Citizens of Spain

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ESTA Application Country: Spain
ESTA Application ESTA Required: Yes

Spain is part of the Visa Waiver Program, which enables citizens of Spain to travel to the United States without a visa. On January 12, 2009, ESTA (the Electronic System for Travel Authorization) became a requirement of the Visa Waiver Program. ESTA is an application system for all travelers from Visa Waiver Countries, including Spain. The Visa Waiver Program has simplified travel to the United States for millions of visitors by only requiring a machine readable passport. Now, due to heightened security regulations, the same visitors must apply for a Travel Authorization (ESTA) in advance. As always, a machine-readable or e-passport from a Visa Waiver country is still required to gain admittance into the country. The entire ESTA application process is conducted online and operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The Travel Authorization is not a visa. In fact, a person from a non-visa waiver country should not even attempt to apply for a Travel Authorization. The purpose of ESTA is to allow DHS to pre-screen all Visa Waiver Travelers before they leave their respective countries. U.S. bound Spain travelers are recommended to apply for the Travel Authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure. An approved Travel Authorization does not guarantee entry, but is a prerequisite to travel to the United States by air or sea carrier.

Important Facts About ESTA:

  • ESTA (U.S. Travel Authorization) is not a visa. It is a pre-authorization to board a U.S.-bound ship or airplane.
  • The purpose of ESTA is to let the U.S. government pre-screen all Visa Waiver Travelers before they leave their respective countries.
  • Citizens of one the 37 Visa Waiver Countries (including Spain) entering the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program should apply.
  • It is recommended to apply for ESTA at least 72 hours prior to departure.
  • If your ESTA Application is denied, you will be required to apply for a B-1 Visitor Visa or B-2 Tourist Visa.
  • An approved ESTA Travel Authorization does not guarantee entry in to the United States.
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Do citizens of Spain need to apply for ESTA?

 

When should you apply for a United States Travel Authorization?


  • Yes, citizens of Spain need to apply for ESTA before entering the United States.
  • All travelers that intends to visit the United States under the Visa Waiver Program via air or sea.
  • Any traveler transiting through the United States under the Visa Waiver Program.
  • Children and infants who visit or transit to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program.

  • Citizens from all of the Visa Waiver countries (including Spain) must apply and be approved after January 12, 2009.
  • Travelers transiting through the United States must also possess an approved Travel Authorization.
  • If your application for a Travel Authorization is denied, you must apply for a B-1 Visitor Visa or B-2 Tourist Visa which can take weeks or months.


Below is an example of the successful confirmation page that you will see on your computer screen after your ESTA application is approved.

Sample ESTA Confirmation Page

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ESTA Application Mandatory Starting on January 12, 2009
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