ESTA France: Do You Need ESTA When Visiting USA from France?

ESTA for Citizens of France

  • Country: France
  • ESTA Required: Yes

When traveling to the USA as a citizen of France you are directly affected by aspects of ESTA listed below.

All citizens of France are eligible for ESTA when traveling to the USA under regulations of the Visa Waiver Program. This is what you need to know about the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation.

1. Can citizens of France travel to the USA with ESTA?

Yes, all citizens of France are able to use ESTA when traveling to the USA and enjoy Visa-free travel.

However, there are certain restrictions for traveling with an ESTA instead of a Visa. You are only able to use ESTA if your stay in the US does not exceed 90 days and if you are visiting for business, travel or transit purposes.

In other cases travellers will need to apply for a Visa.

2. Is France one of the VWP countries?

France is one of the Visa Waiver Program countries. The VWP was created to provide Visa-free travel to citizens of specific countries and this means that citizens of France are also eligible to use ESTA as a form of travel authorisation.

If you have dual citizenship and one of them is France while the other is not a VWP country, you can also apply for an ESTA. However, this is not a guarantee that you will be provided authorisation, because documentation and background checks are a part of the authorisation process.

3. What are the passport requirements for ESTA?

To apply for an ESTA you have to have a valid passport. You will be able to use your ESTA and travel to the USA only if your passport validity exceeds the planned stay time in the US.

At the moment when your passport expires, so does your ESTA application.

It is important to remember that only citizens of one of the VWP countries can enjoy Visa-free travel to the USA and use an ESTA instead. Therefore it is crucial to have a valid passport from one of the VWP countries, for example, France.

4. How secure is my credit card information?

When applying for an ESTA you have to fill out an online application and make an online payment. When doing so your credit card information is only used to verify the payment and it is not being stored or used for any other reason.


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5. How long is an ESTA valid for?

From the moment your ESTA is approved it will be valid for two years or until the moment of your passport expiration if it comes within the two year period.

During the years of ESTA validity you can use it to travel to the USA for a number of times, however each visit shall not exceed the 90 day stay time period.

To check if your ESTA is valid you have to use an online form which requires to fill in basic information about your ESTA.

6. Can I travel to USA with medication?

There are some specific regulations regarding the medication you can take on board when traveling to the USA. In most cases you will be able to take the medication needed.

However, it is important to carry medication in its original packaging and to have a doctors prescription on hand if possible.

Also, you should only carry the amount of medication needed for personal use. Read the full article about traveling to the US with medications and specific health problems in our blog.

7. How do I renew an ESTA?

After your ESTA has expired you have to apply for a new ESTA using the original online application form. When you do this all of your documentation and background will be checked again.

You have to apply for a new ESTA either after its two year validity has ended or after your passport has expired, which means your ESTA is no longer valid as well.