ESTA for Iceland Citizens Visiting the United States of America
ESTA For Citizens of Iceland
- Country: Iceland
- ESTA Required: Yes
If you have come to find out that Iceland citizens can travel to the USA with a travel authorization named ESTA and you wish to learn more about ESTA and VWP, you have come to the right place.
Here you will find some important aspects of ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), therefore, keep reading and find out if you qualify for ESTA and may travel to America Visa-free.
1. WHAT IS VWP (VISA WAIVER PROGRAM)? IS ICELAND A PART OF IT?
The Visa Waiver Program permits a number of countries to travel into the USA without obtaining a Visa, as it is usually done. However, since it is put in place by the U.S., it also means that these member countries to be included in the program have no say regarding the rules and regulations their citizens must meet in order to qualify for an ESTA travel authorization.
Currently, Iceland is also included in the VWP, hence, ESTA for Iceland citizens is made possible.
Nowadays, changes are forever present, therefore, while no talk of changes has come up regarding Iceland and the VWP, citizens of Iceland should take advantage of the chance to travel to the USA Visa-free.
Before applying for your ESTA, check of the latest news in the Visa Waiver Program here.
For more detailed information on the Visa Waiver Program, read here.
2. HOW LONG IS AN APPROVED ESTA VALID FOR?
The short answer – for two years.
However, to every rule there is an exception.
If the ESTA holder’s passport expires prior to the expiration date of the approved ESTA, then this ESTA will expire on the same day of the expiration date of the passport.
Once this happens, your approved ESTA will become invalid and you will need to re-apply for a new ESTA with the new passport.
Also, even if your passport does not expire before the ESTA expiration date, but you legally change your name, gender, nationality or other information that is printed on the passport, you will also have to apply for a new ESTA.
Already have an ESTA? Check its validity by using this online form.
3. DOES AN APPROVED ESTA GUARANTEE ENTERING THE USA?
No, it does not guarantee it 100%.
According to ESTA rules and regulations set by the U.S., the individual who has received approval for his/her ESTA is permitted to travel to the USA under the VWP. Meaning, it is the right to be on U.S. territory. However, it does not guarantee entrance in the USA, as a custom’s and border guard will inspect the validity of your ESTA as well as you as an individual, and then decide to allow or deny entrance in America.
The custom’s guard is an additional security step to evaluate whether the traveler is of any danger to the U.S. citizens.
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4. HOW MUCH TIME WILL IT TAKE TO FILL OUT THE ESTA APPLICATION?
No more than 30 minutes, on the condition that you have all required paperwork and documentation next to you.
Keep the following documents close by once filling out your ESTA application:
- Passport data (an e-passport in needed).
- Information regarding your employment and work.
- General travel plans (not in detail).
- Contact address in the USA.
5. PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF.
Validity, validity, validity.
Double-check if your passport is valid and will be valid until the day you will departure from the USA back home.
Most likely, your ESTA will not even be approved if the intended travel to the USA is later than the expiration date of your passport, however, each individual is responsible for having a valid passport all through the stay and return from USA.
Additional requirements are:
- An electronic passport is mandatory (it must contain a digital chip, which holds all the information about the passport’s holder).
- Biographic page in the passport must have a machine-readable zone.
6. ARE THERE RULES FOR AN ESTA THAT IS VALID UPON ARRIVAL BUT EXPIRED ON DEPARTURE DAY?
It is important that your ESTA and passport are valid upon arrival. If your ESTA has expired by the day you depart from the USA, then your departure will not be delayed, as long as you have a valid passport.
However, after returning home, re-apply for a new ESTA in order to travel to the USA Visa-free once again.
If you have any more questions regarding the ESTA application or its approval, or specific cases (such as medication on board), read our FAQ section or our Blog.