NEW ESTA APPLICATION WHEN TRAVELING TO THE U.S.
Citizens of the Visa Waiver Program countries do not need visa for traveling to the U.S.; instead, they have to receive an ESTA application approval.
ESTA is Electronic System for Travel Authorization, approval of which permits arriving at the U.S. in scope of the Visa Waiver Program. This system establishes traveller’s compliance for traveling to the U.S. ESTA system assesses if the candidate does not rise any risk to implementation and safety of the USA rights protection.
In case the ESTA approval is received, you are entitled to use an operator for traveling to the U.S. in scope of the Visa Waiver Program.
YOU CAN APPLY IN ESTA IF:
You are a citizen or a national of Visa Waiver Program member state and comply with conditions of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program:
- You do not have an issued or valid visitor visa currently;
- The purpose of your visit to the U.S. is a leisure trip or business visit;
- The duration of your trip will not exceed 90 days.
Benefits if you choose our services
- ESTA processing in 24 h
- Review/update ESTA data
- Approval by e-mail
- Correct ESTA inquiry form
- Correction of errors in inquiry form
- Check ESTA status
- Approval by mail
- Approval by fax
- 24/7 customer support
- Safe site
- Tourist visa information
- Business visa information
- Recommendations to tourists
A fee for new ESTA application is US$ 68.00, a fee for checking ESTA status US $ 19.00.
WHAT IS REQUIRED FOR FILLING IN ESTA INQUIRY FORM?
- Contact information.
- Valid credit card for making the payment for the application.
- Valid passport that is included in the Visa Waiver Program
- Information about your work place.
Visa Waiver Program member states
- United Kingdom
- San Marino
- New Zealand
- Czech Republic
- South Korea
Have you submitted ESTA application?
CHECK, FIND ESTA APPLICATION
If you have submitted ESTA application and want to check ESTA status, you need:
- Contact information;
- Valid credit card for making the payment for the application;
- Passport data.
HOW TO CHECK ESTA STATUS AND WHEN DOES IT EXPIRE?
You need to check the status of your ESTA Travel Authorization under the following conditions: if your ESTA number is lost, if you are not sure you have ever applied and if you don't know whether the ESTA has expired or not since it is valid for only two years. The other circumstance that can prompt you to check the status of your ESTA is if you are not certain of the status of ESTA for someone in your travel group, friend or family member. For the location of the previous ESTA application, you need to complete the required field on the application form so that necessary changes can be made or status verified. After making your submission, the Customer Service Department will help in reviewing the documentation so as to make the requested changes for updates as status is checked. After verification, you will receive the updated ESTA through email in a PDF format giving all the valid status as checked in the system.
WHEN ESTA TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION EXPIRES?
Over the duration of two years beginning from the approval date, your ESTA authorization is valid for several trips or till the expiry of your passport depending on which one comes first. You need not reapply for ESTA during the period of validity so long as you were given an ESTA authorization for traveling. Your departure from the US will not be affected by the expiry of the ESTA while still in the US. Whenever you make an application for an ESTA, you need to ensure that the passport you own is machine readable, e-passport and valid without any case if expiry. You may receive notification from the government of US informing you that the travel cannot be permitted if you apply for an ESTA with an e-passport that has expired or is almost expiring with only six-month validity. Therefore, you need to make sure that at the time of ESTA application, your passport is valid. The ESTA VISA usually lasts two years from the date of approval, nevertheless, before the two-year period, your ESTA may expire. If within that period your passport expires, you may have changed the personal information details and gender, changes in response to the asked questions at the time of filing the application for ESTA. Its renewal can be done by having the online application filled up, and there is no different form required for renewal of your ESTA.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO IF I AM DENIED MY ESTA?
On application of ESTA, three types of responses are expected which include: ‘Approved Authorization', ‘Pending Authorization,' and eventually ‘Unauthorized Travel.' Though a huge number of ESTA applications within three days go from pending to approved, at times, hopeful travelers get the response of ‘Travel Not Authorized' which is the denial of ESTA. Once you are denied the ESTA application, the option is to apply for a visa known as non-immigrant visa at the Embassy of the United States or Consulate. It is important to note that the services will be charged a fee at the Embassies and Consulates. Therefore, if you are denied the ESTA, you will need to apply for a visa at the US embassy or consulate. It may sometimes take weeks especially when it’s hard to attain the appointment slots.
IS ESTA A REQUIREMENT FOR CHILDREN?
Yes, children need to have a valid ESTA to travel to the US. To be allowed to visit the United States, both accompanied and unaccompanied minors need their independent ESTA regardless of their age provided they are citizens of the visa waiver country. The exceptions are the children who are already listed on the passport of their parents as they do not meet the qualifications for ESTA. To qualify for ESTA, children must have their passports which are unexpired. Just like the adults, children however young they are must have an ESTA authorization to ensure they are legally allowed to travel to the United States. Failure to make application for this authorization may see the children not allowed to board the plane or ship which is meant to transport them to the US. A similar procedure as that for an adult is followed when applying for ESTA authorization for a minor. It is therefore recommended for parents to apply for ESTAs for their children when applying for theirs at least one or two weeks before the date of departure. It becomes easier and even faster to acquire ESTA authorization as part of a group application than when several requests are made different times. Without any reduction, the administration fee payable for ESTA authorization for a child is payable as for that of an adult. While in the American territory, the accompanying adults or parents are held legally responsible for the children.
CAN I APPLY FOR ESTA FOR MY FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER?
Yes, it is possible to apply ESTA for friends or family members through collective ESTA application. One person is allowed to take the responsibility of making ESTA applications for all the family members, and friends provided the necessary information required to fill the application is available such as the personal data for every traveler and their passport numbers. Families who feel like traveling to the United States for a duration that is less than 90 days and are citizens of one of the member countries under Visa Waiver Program (VWP) may make an application for an ESTA online and quickly acquire the travel authorization. They are to utilize a function which allows simultaneous processing of many applications for this process. As long as one person has all the required information essential for the process, they are authorized to make ESTA application for all the family.