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ESTA USA - ONLINE E-VISA APPLICATION FORM FOR AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS

The Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) is an online system, through which citizens of countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) may apply to visit the US for up to 90 days, as tourists, or for business, medical, or short-term study purposes, without a visa. Some also refer to this travel document as an ESTA visa.

Australia has strong ties with the US. It joined the VWP in 1996, making it easier for Australians to travel to the US. ESTA was established in 2009, as an added requirement for travellers from countries in the VWP. Using ESTA is a faster and easier way to obtain authorisation to enter the US. In the US fiscal year of 2014 (October 2013 - September 2014), 1,361,886 Australian nationals travelled to the US under the VWP.

Australian passport holders who intend to travel to the US should fill in and submit the ESTA form online, at least 72 hours before departure. Certain requirements must be met. Successful applications are valid for two years. Australians who travel to the US as part of the VWP must fly with a signatory carrier. Qantas and Virgin, for example, are signatory members. Australians who plan to depart with other airlines should check their status.

If an ESTA application is unsuccessful, Australian citizens may apply for a B1/B2 Visa through the US Consulates in Australia. We recommend the US Embassies in the following cities: Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.


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Signatory Carriers for visiting the USA under the VWP


Airlines

Well-known airlines that fly to the US from Australia:

  • Corporate Air
  • Jetstar Airways
  • Virgin Australia
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Lufthansa
  • KLM
  • Air France
  • Emirates Airlines
  • Etihad Airways
  • Qantas
  • Inland Air Charters, Ltd.

Cruise

Well-known cruise lines:

  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
  • Carnival Corporation & plc (formerly known as “Carnival Cruise Line”)
  • Holland America Line
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • P&O Cruises

More Information


The American Embassy and Consulates in Australia:

  • The US Embassy in Australia is located in Canberra, while the US Consulates are located in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
  • Website: https://au.usembassy.gov/
  • The American embassy and consulates offer services for American and Australian citizens.
  • Immigrant visas to the United States for Australian citizens are only processed at the US Consulate in Sydney.

Australian passports:

  • All Australian passports issued since October 26, 2006 contain biometric information and can be read electronically (referred to as “e-passport”).
  • Australian passports have to be machine-readable to use the ESTA system (e-passport), and the passport should be valid for at least 6 months prior to departure to the USA.

 

 VWC  

Visa Waiver Countries

Andorra
Hungary
Iceland
Portugal
Austria
Ireland
San Marino
Belgium
Italy
Brunei
Slovakia
Chile
Latvia
Slovenia
Czech Republic
Liechtenstein
South Korea
Denmark
Lithuania
Estonia
Luxembourg
Finland
Malta
Switzerland
Monaco
Taiwan
Netherlands
United Kingdom
Greece