ESTA for the United States of America
An ESTA USA is a mandatory travel authorisation to travel to the USA without a visa. An ESTA application can be submitted quickly and easily with the online application form. The costs are £29.95 per person.
Despite the outbreak of Coronavirus / Covid-19 it is still possible to apply for an ESTA travel authorisation. Keep in mind that the American immigration service can still refuse travellers that possess a valid ESTA, if they pose a potential health risk. This applies to travellers who have been to the UK and Ireland, or any other European country in the 14 days prior to their trip to the USA. Before applying for an ESTA, read all about the coronavirus measures in the US.
How does an ESTA application work?
1. ESTA form
Submitting an ESTA application is easy, fast and convenient with the online ESTA form. Filling out the form does not take more than 5 minutes.
2. Online payment
The ESTA cost can be safely paid for online through Visa, MasterCard, American Express or PayPal.
3. Official granting
As soon as the official ESTA USA has been granted, this will be confirmed by email and SMS. In urgent cases, this can happen within an hour.
Explaining the ESTA application
Do I need an ESTA? An ESTA USA is always required for a holiday, business trip or transfer/transit in the USA. Travellers that do not possess a valid ESTA visa are denied 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 travellers who enter the United States by land, or who have a US visa or passport, are exempt from this requirement. An ESTA application can be submitted entirely online, so there is no need to visit the US embassy in London. That is why acquiring an ESTA online is easier and faster than a US visa, and the application costs are substantially lower as well.
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 authorisation for the USA. The requirement to file for this authorisation is a safety measure implemented by US Customs and Border Protection. In this way, all incoming travellers can be preemptively screened, and unwanted visitors barred. Transport companies, including airlines and shipping companies, check before departure whether each traveller possesses a valid ESTA visa. This happens by looking up the traveller’s passport number in the database with approved travel authorisations by the US Customs And Border Protection agency. Travellers without this travel authorisation are denied entry.
Validity and requirements
An ESTA is valid for two years from the moment it is granted. During this validity period travellers are allowed to make an unlimited number of trips to the USA. These can be for both tourism and 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 ESTA expires as well.
Is an ESTA sufficient for my travel purpose? An ESTA visa is sufficient for tourist and business trips, transits and visiting friends or family in the USA. Travellers with this travel authorisation 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 visa is not sufficient for performing journalistic activities, investing in American companies, or studying in the United States of America.
Important rules regarding applications:
- Travellers have to prove on arrival in the USA that they are planning to leave the United States in the future, by providing a return or transit ticket
- Applying for an ESTA online is also necessary for trips to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, the American Virgin Islands or the Northern Marianas
- Travellers suspected of posing a threat to the safety or public order of the USA can be refused entry by Homeland Security at all times, even if they have a valid ESTA or US visa
- Travellers who after 10 March 2011 have been to Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya or Somalia, or who have ever held the nationality of one of these countries, cannot apply for an ESTA
Travellers that do not adhere to the above listed requirements for the ESTA risk deportation and subsequent preemptive rejections of all future applications for travel authorisations to the USA.
Applying for an ESTA online
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 adding multiple travellers to one form. Filling in an ESTA form takes about five minutes per traveller. Afterwards, the cost can be paid for, which amounts 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.
Travellers 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 visa 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 which means that applying can even be done at the airport.
Even urgent applications can, in exceptional cases, take longer. That is why it is advised to submit the ESTA application as soon as a trip to the USA 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. For other questions regarding an ESTA application you can contact our support centre.
|Purpose||Tourism, business trips or transits|
|Validity||730 days (2 years)|
|Stay||Maximum 90 consecutive days per visit|
|Delivery time||72 hours (urgent: on average 1 hour)|
|Cost||£29.95 per ESTA|
|Application||Only online: apply now|
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e-Visa.co.uk is a professional visa bureau and supports travellers 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 visa through the website of the US Customs and Border Protection ($14 per person, through esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta). If you submit your application through e-Visa.co.uk our support centre 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 traveller from serious problems during their trip. Should, despite our support and control, an ESTA visa application be rejected, you will be reimbursed the entire purchase cost (unless this same traveller has been denied an application for an ESTA USA before). Read more about our services.