ESTA Application Online for Citizens of Italy


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Country: Italy

ESTA Required: Yes

Italy is part of the Visa Waiver Program, which enables Italian citizens to submit an ESTA application to visit 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 the US Visa Waiver Countries, including Italy. The Visa Waiver Program has simplified travel to the United States for millions of visitors by only requiring a valid 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 to the U.S. 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 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 Italian travelers are recommended to apply for the Travel Authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure. An approved application 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 from one of the 38 Visa Waiver Countries (including Italy) 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 application does not guarantee entry in to the United States.

Why should I apply for ESTA?

  • Starting on January 12, 2009 citizens from Visa Waiver countries must apply for ESTA (U.S. Travel Authorization) in order to be eligible for admittance into the United States.
  • The ESTA Travel Authorization is valid for up to two years and can easily be updated for future visits.

Who needs to apply for ESTA?

  • Any person who intends to visit the United States under the Visa Waiver Program and is entering the U.S. by air or sea.
  • Any person transiting through the United States under the Visa Waiver Program.
  • Children and infants who are visiting or transiting under the Visa Waiver Program are also required to have an approved ESTA application.

About ESTA Applications

Online application process

Application takes less than 15 minutes

Over 99% approval rate

Mandatory starting on January 12, 2009

Valid for up to 2 years