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Eligibility Test
Check if you qualify for ESTA

ESTA Eligibility Test

 

 

New ESTA Application
Apply for a new ESTA

Apply for a New ESTA

 

 

Verify/Update ESTA
Update your existing ESTA

Verify or Update ESTA

 

 

 

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What information is needed in order to complete the ESTA application?

You should have the following information on hand when sitting down to complete your ESTA application:

  • Your name and date of birth;
  • Your passport information (number, country of issue, expiry date);
  • Your destination address in the United States as of the time of application;
  • Information regarding your history of communicable diseases, if any;
  • Information regarding your history of arrests or convictions for certain crimes, if any;
  • Information regarding your history of deportation or visa revocation, if any.

 

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How do I apply for authorization to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver program?

Fill Out Your ESTA Application
Log on to the ESTA website and fill out the application provided with the required information: the list above as well as your current travel arrangements, your credit card information, and seven security questions. An application must be submitted for every member of your party who does not have a visa, including minors.

Submit Your ESTA Application
The ESTA site will provide you an opportunity to review and check your information before submitting your application. Double-check all information for accuracy.

Pay the ESTA Application Fee
Authorize payment of the $4.00 USD processing fee (outlined in the Travel Promotion Act, 2009) on your credit card. You will be charged an additional $10.00 USD if your application is approved.

Receive Your Status Determination
Most of the time, you will receive your ESTA status determination almost immediately (within one minute or less). However, sometimes additional time will be required to process an application; in this case, expect your application status determination to be available on the ESTA website within 72 hours.

You will receive one of three application statuses:

  • Authorization Approved. Congratulations! The system will provide a printable confirmation of your approval and a receipt for your credit card records, and you are authorized to travel under the Visa Waiver program. But remember, an ESTA authorization does not guarantee admission to the United States; you will be inspected by a Customs and Border Protection officer upon disembarking, and they will determine your eligibility to enter the United States according to regulations and the law.
  • Travel Not Authorized. Unfortunately, you have not been authorized to utilize the Visa Waiver program to travel to the United States. This does not mean you will be denied entry into the United States, or that you cannot travel, just that you are not eligible for the Visa Waiver program. You will receive a receipt for the processing fee charged to your credit card, and the next step is to contact the Department of State or the US Embassy to discuss obtaining a visa.
  • Authorization Pending. If your status is listed as 'Pending', an immediate determination cannot be made by the system, and your travel authorization is under further review. You will receive the necessary information to check your application status after 72 hours have elapsed (and your application may be authorized or denied). 'Pending' does not necessarily mean 'no'.

 

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Do travelers need to bring a paper printout of their travel authorization to the airport?

You are not strictly required to have a paper printout of your ESTA status on hand—the DHS will have an electronic record of your authorization. However, it's recommended to have your printout available in order to advise your carrier of your ESTA authorization, and to have your authorization number for your records.

 

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Does a traveler ever need to reapply for a travel authorization through ESTA?

There are multiple situations when you might need to reapply for your ESTA authorization. You should submit a new application if:

  • Your passport expires, and you receive a new passport;
  • You change your legal name for any reason;
  • You change your legal gender;
  • Your country of citizenship changes;
  • Your life circumstances change in a way that would make any of your previous 'yes' or 'no' responses to ESTA questions no longer applicable;
  • Your previous ESTA authorization expires, either because your passport has expired or because two years have elapsed since your authorization was granted.

New applications will be charged at the same flat fee as the initial application.

 

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How can a traveler apply for ESTA without access to the Internet?

As ESTA is an online-only program, travelers without Internet access can engage a third party (a service agent, travel agent, relative, or friend) to submit their ESTA application on their behalf. The traveler is still the legally responsible party for any answers submitted on their behalf.

 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