Verify - Check ESTA Status


Check and Verify your ESTA Application

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization will typically return an Application Status within 72 hours. However, you may want to use the ESTA website to verify that status. You can check and verify your ESTA status at any time after applying. Go to the ESTA homepage, click “Check ESTA.” Next, enter your passport number, birth date, and application number. If you have not received or can’t locate your application number, then you can complete the Verify ESTA form. There are three possible answers to an electronic travel authorization request:

Authorization approved

Your travel authorization has been approved. You can now travel to the United States through the Visa Waiver Program. The system will display confirmation of your application approval and a payment receipt notice indicating the amount charged to your credit card. A travel authorization is not a guarantee of admission to the United States. A Customs and Border Protection officer at the port of entry will make the final determination.

Authorization not approved

The Visa Waiver Program does not allow you to travel to the United States. The Department of State may be able to grant you a visa for your travel. This does not mean you will be denied entry to the United States. This response does not prohibit you from traveling to the United States under Visa Waiver Program. A payment receipt notice is also displayed in the system. This shows the amount charged to your credit card to process the ESTA application.

Authorization Pending

Because your request for travel authorization has not been processed immediately, we are currently reviewing it. This does not mean that there are any negative findings. Usually, a determination is available within 72 hours. Return to this website and click on “Check ESTA Status.” To check the status of your application, you will need to provide your application number, passport number, and birth date.

Visa Waiver Program passport requirements

Visa Waiver Program requirements include:

Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your stay in the United States. Check ESTA status with our website to understand whether your passport has the necessary validity.

Verify ESTA and ensure that your passport is not banned: if you traveled to Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen in 2011, you will not be eligible for ESTA. 

Also, take a look at the Visa Waiver Program Update

E-passports have an electronic chip that holds the same information as the passport’s data pages: the holder’s name, date and birth, a biometric ID, and other biographic information. All countries are eligible to travel visa-free to the United States, and for example the UK issue E-Passports. These passports have security features that prevent unauthorized access to or “skimming” data stored on the ePassport chip.

E-Passports have many benefits. They can be used to identify travelers, protect against identity theft, and protect privacy. According to the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, all VWP travelers to the U.S. must obtain an e-passport by April 1, 2016. This change only applies to VWP citizens who plan to travel visa-free with an approved authorization from ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization).

A biometric passport, also known as an ePassport is a paper passport that has a microchip embedded with your personal data and your photo. The introduction of biometric passports was a result of the growing threat of identity theft and terrorism. This encouraged many countries to increase the security of their border.

You can tell whether your passport is biometric by simply looking at its cover. The biometric passport will have a small gold camera logo on the bottom. The technology contained in a biometric travel document is so advanced, and the components are so small that you cannot feel any lumps or edges.

The majority of people today have a biometric travel documents. Since almost a decade ago, governments have issued updated biometric passports. If you’ve applied for a passport since then, it should be biometric. If it is not biometric, it will still be valid until it expires. You don’t have to change your passport. Be aware that applying to a passport may take up to 4 weeks, particularly during the summer months. So, make sure to give yourself enough time to obtain a passport before your trip. Check ESTA status to understand whether your passport is biometric: you cannot obtain an electronic visa without a biometric passport.

If you are holding a non-electronic, older passport holder and wish to travel visa-free to the United States, you will need an e-passport to be able to apply for your next visa-free visit. After you have received your e-passport, you can apply for a new ESTA.

Travel is not affected by recent changes to the Visa Waiver Program, and you should apply for a visa if you are not a citizen of the countries participating in the program. Even if you do not have any immediate plans to travel, you can apply for a visa now or at any time.

Even if you have an approved ESTA, you might still be denied entry to America. The ESTA, or any other visa, does not guarantee access to the USA. Only the customs and border guards will decide if you can enter or not. As border officials have absolute discretion whether to let in foreign citizens or not, understand that an approved ESTA does not guarantee entry. Nonetheless, a valid ESTA is a great wager for your entrance into the United States as it’s a primary screening of your profile as a traveler. Verify ESTA to understand where your status is at. If it’s approved, you should not have problems crossing the border. 

As border officials have the final say, remember to be polite and respectful and to answer every question you will be asked. It’s rare for officials to reject people at the border, but they may be inclined to do so if they see violent or nervous behavior from the traveler.

The introduction of ESTA changed international travel forever. It simplified procedures for honest travellers and helped combat terrorists and criminals. ESTA is a powerful security and vetting system that has allowed DHS to deny VWP travel to thousands of potential travelers who are a threat to the United States. CBP has approved millions ESTA requests since the program’s inception in August 2008. However, it has also denied 4,300 ESTA requests as a result vetting against U.S. government’s suspected/known terrorist watchlist. During the same time period, CBP also denied 22,500 ESTA requests for individuals who used a passport reported as stolen or lost to apply for an ESTA.Your application data is checked against several databases to confirm your identity.

It also indicates that your passport was not reported stolen or lost. This protects the United States’ borders and combats fraud and terrorist attacks. Verify ESTA and ensure that your status is approved – many travelers forget to check their status and find out the information they submitted did not check out, with authorities crossing out their application because of minor mistakes.

To travel to the U.S., you must apply for ESTA. If there are no issues with your ESTA application, you will be granted “authorization approved” status no later than 3 days (72hrs) after you submit it.

Incorrect information is often the cause of “Application Not Found” messages. Refer to your application and the information you entered. You will have to reapply for ESTA if the information that you entered is incorrect. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us. The results of screening may not be reflected within the ESTA system for up to 72 hours following the submission. The ESTA system of the U.S. Government is designed in such a way that this is the case. We recommend that you search for your application at least three days or 72 hours after the screening. The ESTA site of the U.S. Government undergoes regular maintenance to cope with the high volume of traffic. The site may be inoperable during maintenance. It may be impossible to apply for ESTA, or check the status of a request. System errors are more common on Sundays, according to data from the past. It appears that system errors can also prevent you from checking on an application, even if it is registered in the system. After system maintenance, you will be able to view the site and check on your application. Wait a few minutes before you access the site if it is being maintained. 

If you applied for ESTA, received approval right before boarding a flight, it is possible that the ESTA information will not be reflected instantly. The time delay is caused by separate administrative systems operated by the U.S. Government and the airline. In this case, it is up to the airline to decide whether the traveler can board or not. We recommend you keep your ESTA number with you at all times to be prepared for this situation. You will have a lower risk of being denied boarding if you can show that you’ve received ESTA authorization. This can happen right before boarding a flight or in busy periods. Apply for ESTA, Veriy ESTA and check-in well ahead of time to prevent unwanted circumstances.

Is there any limit on how many times I can enter the United States within a 90-day period? There is no limit to the number of crossings. However, CBP border officers can deny entry to approved ESTA applicants if they suspect dishonesty, or other suspicious activities.

 It is possible to do the following:

  • Receive help to verify your ESTA
  • Receive help to locate your existing travel authorization (ESTA)
  • Check the status of your travel authorization


It is recommended that travelers verify ESTA status of their travel authorization before departure.