What is ESTA?

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is an automated system, used to determine the eligibility of visitors to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program and examine whether such travel will pose any law enforcement or security risk. Starting on January 12, 2009, if any person visiting the United States under the visa waiver program is mandatory to hold an approved ESTA Travel Authorization.

Citizens of 38 countries are eligible for visiting into the United States under the Visa Waiver Program: -

  • Andorra

    Chile

    France

    Iceland

    Liechtenstein

    New Zealand

    Singapore

    Sweden

  • Australia

    Czech Republic

    Germany

    Ireland

    Lithuania

    Norway

    Slovakia

    Switzerland

  • Austria

    Denmark

    Germany

    Italy

    Luxembourg

    Portugal

    Slovenia

    Taiwan

  • Belgium

    Estonia

    Greece

    Japan

    Monaco

    Republic of Malta

    South Korea

    United Kingdom

  • Brunei

    Finland

    Hungary

    Latvia

    Netherlands

    San Marino

    Spain

 

Passports issued by these countries must be e-passports and can be read by a scanning device. Depending on the place and date of issue, the e-passport must also include a digitized photo ID and an electronic chip. If in possession of a temporary or emergency passport that is not electronic, you cannot travel under the Visa Waiver Program. You must then apply for a visa before travelling to the United States.

ESTA is not a visa.
ESTA is merely an authorization prior to travel

Consequently, the Department of Homeland Security recommends that travelers receive their ESTA at least 24 hours before departure.

Prospective travelers to the USA under the VWP must meet the following requirements:
  • If Travelers visiting the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program are authorized only 90 days.
  • A valid passport is required for all Visa Waiver travellers.
  • ESTA is mandatory for all Visa Waiver travelers entering the U.S. by sea or air after January 12, 2009.
  • The U.S. Department of State may add countries from the Visa Waiver Program. These countries are added Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia and South Korea.
  • Argentina and Uruguay were recently removed from the Visa Waiver Program.
  • Electronic Travel Authorization is valid 2 years or until your passport expires and you can be used in multiple trips to the United States.
     

As from January 12, 2009 all travelers require an approved ESTA Travel Authorization to travelling the United States via air or sea. The visa waiver program is a U.S. government program that allowed only 38 countries to visit the United States for business or visitor purposes for up to 90 days. The main advantages of visa waiver program is that you can travel on short period to the United States without obtaining a visa. Visa Waiver Travelers are mandatory to have an approved travel authorization (ESTA) to visiting the United States by sea or air.
ESTA authorizations are valid for 2 years or until the expiry of the passport if it does so before the 2 year validity period.

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