ESTA USA offers an online ESTA application for travelers to apply, update or check their Travel Authorization

ESTA is short for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization. The authorization is an online application that has replaced the tedious visa process with a much simpler process for passport holders from 38 countries. These countries are members of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). In the past, a Visa USA application was necessary to obtain for visiting the United States of America, and a nearby US Embassy had to be visited. Now, the visa application is referred to by passport holders in VWP countries as the USA ESTA application and is conveniently accessible online from all over the world. To obtain the ESTA, you are required to apply by submitting personal travel related information about yourself through an online processing service. When submitted, you may expect an almost instant response via email with a maximum response time of 72 hours. Depending on what you are looking for, please follow any of the steps below:

Eligibility Test
Check if you qualify for ESTA

ESTA Eligibility Test

Check your eligibility

For passport holders of any country

Only citizens of Visa Waiver Countries are allowed to apply for ESTA. It is important to know if you are qualified for ESTA before you even submit your online application.
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New ESTA Application
Apply for a new ESTA

Apply for a New ESTA


You are citizen of a Visa Waiver Country

  1. Apply for ESTA
  2. Apply for Tourist VISA
  3. Apply for Business VISA
  4. Group Application
  5. Check ESTA Eligibility
  6. Valid Passport and Card
Verify/Update ESTA
Update your existing ESTA

Verify or Update ESTA


You need to have an existing ESTA

  1. Verify ESTA
  2. Update ESTA
  3. Review ESTA data
  4. Check validity ESTA
  5. Check ESTA status
  6. Change information

General informations about ESTA and Visa Waiver Countries / Visa Waiver Program:

What is a travel authorization for the USA?

For the online application, please make sure you have your passport and credit card ready. Please check ESTA FAQ, should you ...
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What is the Visa Waiver Country / Visa Waiver Program?

The Visa Waiver Program allows foreign nationals from certain countries (Visa Waiver Countries) to travel to the United States for business or pleasure, for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.
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ESTA application process and explanation of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization:

How can I apply for ESTA?

You can submit all required information online. You will have to provide personal information and information about your passport. Additionally you have to answer seven security questions.
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How to pay for ESTA?

All payments for electronic travel authorization applications must be made by credit card. The ESTA system currently accepts only the following credit cards: MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover (JCB, Diners Club). Your application will not be submitted for processing until all payment information is received.
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Renew and Update your ESTA application and read what to do, if your application has been denied:

How to update and verify your ESTA?

Prior to the release of the required payment, all application data fields except the passport number and passport issuing country can be updated.
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What to do, if your ESTA application has been denied?

If an ESTA application has been denied, but the traveler still wishes to enter the United States, he is required to apply for a nonimmigrant visa at a nearby U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
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