ESTA Application Online for Citizens of Latvia


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Country: Latvia

ESTA Required: Yes

Latvia is part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which allows Latvian citizens to submit an ESTA application for 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 Latvia. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) 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 cannot 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 Latvian citizens 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 the Visa Waiver Countries (including Latvia) entering the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program can 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.

Do citizens of Latvia need to apply for ESTA?

  • Yes, citizens of Latvia need to apply for ESTA before entering the United States.
  • All travelers that intend 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.

When should you apply for a United States Travel Authorization?

  • Citizens from all of the 38 Visa Waiver countries (including Latvia) 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.

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