Travelers entering the United States under the Visa Waiver Program by air or sea must have an approved travel authorization (ESTA), which has been a requirement since January 12, 2009. After you have applied and received your travel authorization number, you may update specific information before each U.S. entry. You can update your ESTA multiple times, but you should not apply for a new ESTA unless you have a new passport, the circumstances around your Visa Waiver eligibility has changed, or your current ESTA has expired. Travel authorizations are generally valid for two years. Each traveler with an approved travel authorization can update it online. It is recommended to confirm the status before purchasing any airline tickets to ensure that the current ESTA is still valid.
- Your contact email address
- Accommodation in the United States (unless if you transit through the U.S.)
Note: To update a current travel authorization does not extend the expiration date. If you wish to extend or renew their existing ESTA, you must submit a new application.
Below is an example of a successful application, which can be printed and brought with you on your trip:
Update certain information
Receive your ESTA within 72 hours
Sent by email in PDF-format