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ESTA- Electronic System for Travel Authorization

  • Lasts 2 Years, or up to Passport Validity
  • Grants Multiple Entries up to 90 days
  • Required for Business, Tourism or Transit
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The ESTA application & Corona USA travel restrictions

Latest News 25.05.2020Please click here for a brand new press release  by the TSA  

CNN reported that the results of a “double blind test” on the drug “Remdesivir” will be published within 2 weeks. They also showed a man who had severe complications from a Corona infection and recovered fully within 14 hours after he received “Remdesivir”, which CNN called a “go to drug” for Corona infections. Also, there are positive news to be expected before or by May 1st from the USA as far as lifting restrictions is concerned.

It is still possible to apply for an ESTA despite the Corona Pandemic (Covid-19). As the situation is only temporary and thanks to the rapid development of devices for testing for the virus, as well as medications for curing it, hopes are that the travel ban will be dissolved within the next few weeks. At that time there will be a huge rush for ESTAs, which may lead to delays.

Please note that US immigration authorities may also refuse entry into the US at this time to travelers with a valid ESTA if they pose a potential health risk to the US population. For the time being, this applies until April 12, 2020 to all travelers who have been in Germany, Austria or any other European country during the 14 days prior to their departure for the United States.

Before you apply for your ESTA, read all the information about corona measures in the USA here.

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With an Electronic Travel Authorization, you may stay in the United States for up to 90 days.


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For Business Travel

When you have business to conduct in the country

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For Tourist Travel

When you come to the United States for pleasure

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For Transit Travel

When you transit through the U.S. with another destination

You may obtain an ESTA Travel Visa if:
  • You possess a current e-passport
  • You are from a Visa Waiver Programme country and have a passport
  • Your stay will last 90 days or less
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The ESTA VISA application

The application process

ESTA” stands for “Electronic System for Travel Authorisation.” The application process is an automated system managed by the Department of Homeland Security. A traveller with an approved application is deemed eligible to enter the USA prior to their travel.


The application must be completed and submitted online; it replaces the paper entry forms formerly required. Anyone traveling from a visa waiver country with a passport must apply for an ESTA Visa. Completion of the application allows travelers to be screened by the US Government before they enter the United States. This was implimented to enhance the security of the United States, but also to improve the entry process at the US Airport.


An application must be completed regardless of the purpose of travel (i.e., personal or commercial).


The ESTA Visa became mandatory on 12 January 2009 as part of the United States’ effort to boost border protection.

How long is it valid? It grants travelers a stay in the United States for up to 90 days at a time. But, you cannot exceed 180 days per year.

Who needs an ESTA Visa?

Any traveler coming from a Visa Waiver Programme country, who has a passport, needs to obtain one before departing for the U.S.

When should I apply for an ESTA Visa?

Submit your application at least three days before you plan to leave. Submit earlier if possible.

Why does the U.S. require an ESTA Visa?

The requirement was established by the Department of Homeland Security to increase border security.

What happens if my ESTA application is denied?

Do not try to leave on your trip if your ESTA Visa has been denied. You must obtain a regular US Visa through the US Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence or citizenship.

What you should know about getting a USA ESTA Visa

At ESTA USA, we’re committed to helping you obtain your electronic Visa easily and quickly. We have compiled a list of the most-frequently-asked questions about the process. Please click here. for a comprehensive list of questions and answers that travelers commonly ask about getting a USA ESTA Visa.

ESTA USA application

What is the Visa Waiver Programme?

Prior to 2009, any traveler going to the United States, whether for business or pleasure, was required to possess a passport with a full US visa. Now, travelers coming from member countries of the Visa Waiver Programme only need an ESTA USA. If they meet the requirements and their application is approved, they are eligible to enter the United States without a full visa. Not all countries are members of the visa Waiver Programme.

How do I apply for an ESTA Visa ?

Applications are submitted online. Applicants are notified via email if their application has been granted or denied. Usually, notification emails arrive within minutes of the application submission, but they can take up to 48 hours.

 You may apply for the ESTA Visa on this website. If you do not receive a notification email within 48 hours, please contact us so that we may check the status of your application.

Does an ESTA Visa expire?

Yes, it expires two years from the date it was issued. Certain circumstances may necessitate a new application. These include:

  • Name change
  • Gender change
  • The issuance of a new passport
  • Change in country of citizenship
  • Change in eligibility criteria

What is an E-passport?

An e-passport, also called a biometric passport, is a traditional paper passportbook that contains an electronic chip. This chip holds all information printed in the passport book in digital form. It also includes a digital photo of the passport holder.

FAQ

ESTA application

What is the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA USA)?

The Electronic System for Travel Authorisation or ESTA USA became mandatory for entry into the United States in 2009. All visitors from member countries of the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) must have a regular US Visa or an electronic US Visa  before departure to the U.S.

As stated above, the ESTA USA is a travel permit. It replaces Form I-94W, a green paper document that travelers previously were required to fill out. The ESTA application and confirmation process occur online at least three days before departure.

Must I have an ESTA Visa for travel to the USA from the UK?

Yes, unless you have a valid, conventional US Visa. Without either, you will not be allowed by the airline, to board the airplane on route to the United States. A conventional US Visa however will require you to visit the US Embassy for your visa application. Such visits usually involve long waiting times and personal interviews.

Travelers with a UK e-passport may enter the USA with only an ESTA USA, if they have 1) purchased a return ticket and 2) if their trip is 90 days or less in length. They do not need a full visa.

What is the US Visa Waiver Programme?

The US Visa Waiver Programme grants citizens of countries who are members of the programme eligibility to enter the US with only an e-passport and an ESTA Visa. Citizens of countries not part of the Programme must obtain full visas. The Visa Waiver Programme was established to facilitate travel for business andpleasure while maintaining border security protocols.

What are my passport requirements for an ESTA Visa?

Citizens of the UK applying for an ESTA USA must possess a passport that will be valid forthe duration of their 90-day (or shorter) stay in the US. Citizens of other countries may be required to possess a passport that is valid for the duration of their stay and, in addition, is valid for at least six months before their intended travel date.

How long does it take to apply for an ESTA Visa?

It only takes a few minutes to apply online for an ESTA USA. You may apply on this website. When you have completed the application, you will be taken to a secure electronic payment page. Submission of payment finalizes the application.Typically, an acceptance notification email is sent within minutes of application submission. The ESTA Visa follows by email.