ESTA Electronic System for Travel Authorization


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ESTA electronic system for travel authorization​​

What does ESTA mean?

ESTA stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization. ESTA is an online application system developed by the United States government. The ESTA purpose is to pre-screen over 12 million foreign travelers before they are allowed to board an airplane or cruise ship bound for the United States. Since January 12, 2009, any person entering the United States under the Visa Waiver Program is required to hold an approved ESTA electronic system for travel authorization.

ESTA electronic system for travel authorization​​

Who Needs to Apply for ESTA?

All travelers entering the United States (by air or sea) under the Visa Waiver Program are required to hold a valid ESTA travel authorization. There are 41 countries participate in the program. The purpose of the ESTA is to allow DHS to pre-screen all Visa Waiver Travelers before they leave their respective countries. U.S.-bound travelers are recommended to apply for an ESTA travel authorization at least 72 hours before departure.

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What is the VWP?

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is a U.S. government program that enables citizens and nationals from the 41 Visa Waiver Countries to enter the United States for tourism or business purposes for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa. The Visa Waiver Program allows travelers to visit the United States on short notice without the need to apply for a traditional U.S. tourist visa in advance. Note that visitors cannot work under ESTA.

Free ESTA Eligibility Test

Only citizens of the Visa Waiver Countries are allowed to apply for ESTA. It is essential to know if you qualify for ESTA before you submit your application. Use the drop-down menu to select your nationality and click on the *Submit* button.

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ESTA electronic system for travel authorization​ applications can only be made online. You do not have to visit a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in person. Completing the application takes less than 15 minutes on average. Travelers are recommended to print ESTA and bring the approved ESTA when traveling to the United States.

ESTA electronic system for travel authorization​

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If your ESTA USA application is not authorized, or ESTA declined, you may not be eligible for travel under the Visa Waiver Program.  You will need to apply for a US visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. It is important to check the reason for the denial and rectify any errors before reapplying. Additionally, if you have any concerns or questions, you can always contact our customer support. Remember to allow enough time for the visa application process and to have all required documentation in order to avoid delays or issues with your travel plans.

To check if your ESTA visa is still valid, visit our Verify/Check ESTA page and select “Check ESTA Status.” You will need to enter your passport details and your application number to view the current status of your ESTA. ESTA visas are typically valid for two years or until the expiration date of your passport, whichever comes first. It is important to check your ESTA visa duration before traveling to the US to ensure that your authorization is still valid and that you can travel without any issues at the US border.

If you have an approved ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), you may not need a visa to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. The ESTA is an electronic authorization that grants travelers permission to enter the US for business or tourism for up to 90 days. However, if you plan to stay longer than 90 days or work in the US, you may need to apply for a visa. It is important to understand the difference between an ESTA and a visa, and to ensure that you have the appropriate authorization before traveling to the US.

If you need to retrieve your ESTA authorization, you can do so by visiting our page “Update ESTA” and selecting the “Update your ESTA” option. You will need to provide your passport information and your application number to retrieve your ESTA. Additionally, if you need to update any information in your ESTA application, such as changes to your contact information or travel plans, you can do so through the same page.

If your ESTA application is denied, you can reapply for authorization. However, it is important to carefully review the reason for the denial and ensure that any errors in your application are corrected before submitting a new application. You may also need to provide additional documentation to support your application. It is recommended that you wait at least 10 days before reapplying to ensure that any system updates have been processed.