For how long is my ESTA valid?
If you are eligible for ESTA you have to apply for travel authorisation only by submitting a simple ESTA online form.
From the moment of submitting your application if usually takes a few days to review it. However in some cases it can take up to two weeks until your application is review and the final answer is given.
After your application is reviewed your will receive information about the status of your ESTA.
In some cases your application can be denied and therefore you will not be granted an ESTA.
However in most cases you applicants receive a positive answer stating that their applications has been successful and that they can now enjoy Visa-free travel to the USA. From this moment the ESTA is valid for two years.
It is also important to keep in mind that an ESTA can only be used and therefore is valid if the applicant's passport is valid as well. This means that after receiving your ESTA it will be only valid until the moment of your passport expiry date if that comes before the two year ESTA validly period ends.
To make sure that your ESTA is still valid it is highly important to check your ESTA validity before every travel to the America. This can be quickly done via a short and simple online form. This will quickly provide you with information on your ESTA validity therefore making you sure if it can be used to travel to the U.S.
If your ESTA has expired there is no way to renew it. At this moment you will have to apply for a new ESTA using the original application form. The new authorisation will then again be valid for two years or until the moment of your passport expiration.
It is highly important to know that a valid ESTA is not a 100% guarantee for your entry into the United States. The U.S. border control is responsible for making the final decision of granting you entry into the country. And if any concerns about your goal of travel appear, you will not be granted entry even with a valid ESTA.
Which means that ESTA validity is not the only factor that one should take into account when traveling to the USA with an ESTA!
You can learn more about checking your ESTA validity and about different factors that affect your travel to the USA in our blog and find answers to related questions in the frequently asked questions section.