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ESTA for the United States of America

An ESTA USA is a mandatory travel authorization to travel to the US without a visa. An ESTA application can be submitted quickly and easily with the online form. The costs are £29,95 per person.

How does an ESTA application work?

1. ESTA form

ESTA application

Submitting an ESTA application can be done easily through the online ESTA form. Filling in the ESTA form only takes about 5 minutes.

2. Online payment

Pay online

The ESTA cost can be made safely online through Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or PayPal.

3. Official granting

ESTA by e-mail

As soon as the official ESTA USA has been granted, this will be confirmed by email and SMS. With urgent applications, this can happen within an hour.

Explaining the ESTA application

Do I need an ESTA? For a vacation, business trip, or for changing transits in the United States of America, an ESTA USA is always required. Travelers that do not possess a valid ESTA are refused entry when checking-in on their flight, ferry service, or cruise to the USA. Underage children are also expected to possess their own ESTA. Only travelers journeying into the United States by land, or who possess an American visa or passport, do not have to meet this criteria. Applying for an ESTA can be done entirely online; there is no need to visit the US consulate. Because of this, acquiring an ESTA is easier and faster than a US visa, and the application costs are lower.

What is an “ESTA?”

ESTA is an abbreviation and stands for: "Electronic System for Travel Authorization". An ESTA is not a physical document, but an electronic travel authorization for the United States of America. The requirement to file for this authorization is a safety measure implemented by the U.S. Customs And Border Protection. In this way, all incoming travelers can be preemptively screened, and unwanted visitors barred. Transport companies, including airlines and shipping companies, check before departure whether each traveler possesses a valid ESTA. This happens by looking up the traveler’s passport number in the database with approved travel authorizations by the U.S. Customs And Border Protection. Travelers without an ESTA are denied entry.


Validity and requirements

From the moment that it is granted, an ESTA is valid for two years. During this validity period travelers are allowed to make an unlimited number of trips to the US. These can be for both tourism as well as business. Each stay in the USA can last a maximum of 90 consecutive days. Visits to Canada, Mexico, or a Caribbean island are included in this overall period. For a longer stay a US visa is required. When the passport with which the visa or ESTA was applied for expires, the validity of the accompanying travel authorization expires as well.

Validity and travel purpose ESTA

Is an ESTA sufficient for my travel purpose? An ESTA is sufficient for business and tourist trips, transits, and visiting friends or family in America. Travelers with an ESTA cannot enter into employment with an American organisation. They are, however, allowed to perform paid labour if their employer is located outside the USA. An ESTA is not sufficient to perform journalism-related activities, investing in American companies, or following an education in the United States of America.


Important rules regarding application:

  • Travelers have to prove upon arrival in the US that they are planning to leave the United States in the future, by providing a return- or transit ticket
  • Applying for an ESTA is also necessary for trips to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, the American Virgin Islands, or the Northern Marianas
  • Travelers of whom it is suspected that they pose a threat to the safety or public order of the US can be refused entry by Homeland Security at all times, even if they have a valid ESTA or US visa
  • Travelers who after March 10th 2011 have to been to Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya, or Somalia, or who have ever held the nationality of one of these countries, cannot apply for an ESTA

Travelers that do not adhere to the above listed requirements for the ESTA, risk expulsion and subsequent preemptive rejection of all future applications for travel authorizations to the USA.


Applying for an ESTA

An ESTA application can be submitted 24 hours a day with the digital ESTA form on this website. It is possible to submit a group application, by filling in multiple travelers in one form. Filling in an ESTA form takes about five minutes per traveler. Afterwards, the cost can be payed for, these amount to £29,95 per person. Paying can be done safely through Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or PayPal. Right after the payment has been received the application will be processed.

Urgent application?

Travelers who want to apply for an urgent ESTA, can check the ‘urgent’ box in the application form on this website. The application will then be processed with priority. This generally results in an approved ESTA within an hour. As soon as the application has been approved a confirmation will be sent by email and SMS. It is not necessary to print this confirmation, which makes it so that applying can be done even at the airport.

Even urgent applications can, in exceptional cases, take longer. That is why it is advised to file the ESTA application as soon as a trip to America has been planned. It is not necessary to have already arranged accommodations or designated a contact person before applying. For more information about the ESTA application procedure, check the other pages on this website, including the frequently asked questions with answers. For other questions regarding an ESTA application you can contact our support center.


Summary

Miniature video ESTA
PurposeTourism, business trips, and transits
Validity712 days (2 years)
StayMaximum 90 consecutive days per visit
Delivery time72 hours (urgent: on average 1 hour)
Cost£29,95 per ESTA
ApplicationOnly online: apply now

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e-Visa.co.uk is a professional visa bureau and supports travelers in acquiring a visa for the USA. e-Visa.co.uk is however in no way part of the American government. It is likewise possible to directly apply for an ESTA through the website of the US Customs and Border Protection ($14 per person, through esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta).If you file your application through e-Visa.co.uk our support center is at your service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Furthermore, your application will be checked by us before being filed. If we suspect any errors or missing information, we will contact you directly to make sure your application can still be processed quickly and correctly. Our services have saved many a traveler from serious problems during their trip. Should, despite our support and control, an application be rejected, you will be reimbursed the entire purchase cost (unless this same traveler has been denied an application for a ESTA USA before). Read more about our services.