You can easily apply for your ESTA online through The cost for this is £49.95 per person. On this page, you can read how these costs are built up, how you can pay and what additional costs you may have to take into account.

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What is the cost of an ESTA for the USA?

The costs for applying for an ESTA are made up of consular costs and service costs. The consular costs are charged as a fee for the inspection of your application by the US immigration service: U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The service costs are costs for processing your application and will be charged if you choose to submit your application through a commercial visa agency such as By using an intermediary, you can apply for your ESTA with a simplified application form. You can also reach us by phone or e-mail at any time. Finally, your application will be checked by visa specialists at for common errors, which can usually be corrected in time. This reduces the chance of a rejected application or an invalid ESTA, so that you can enter the United States without any problems.

The total amount you pay for your ESTA is £49.95. That amount consists of 21 USD in consular costs and the remaining part in service costs. At the current exchange rate, the service costs are £33.28 per ESTA, including the transaction costs of the US immigration service and all required taxes. Keep in mind that you will not be at a disadvantage due to any unfavourable exchange rates; by applying for your ESTA through, you always pay the same total amount in pounds. Additional costs will only be charged if you choose to make use of an urgent delivery or other additional options, such as registering with the embassy of your home country in the United States or compensating for the CO2 emissions of your trip.

Payment methods to pay the costs of your ESTA

Through, you can easily pay the costs of the ESTA for your trip to the USA by using one of the many secure online payment methods. The costs do not depend on the chosen payment method. You can pay for your ESTA with most credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard and American Express. You can also use PayPal, Google Pay and Apple Pay.

The costs of your ESTA can be paid using the following methods:

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Optional extra charge for an urgent application

On average, ESTA applications are approved after 3 days. Do you need your ESTA urgently? In the application form on this website, you can choose to have express delivery. Your application will then be moved to the front of the queue at and will be submitted to the United States immigration office faster. If you opt for an urgent delivery, a surcharge of £17.50 per ESTA will be charged.

On average, urgent applications are delivered in about 60 minutes, but please note that delivery times can never be guaranteed, even in the case of a rush application. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to apply for your ESTA well in advance of departure and not wait until the last minute. Are you travelling to the USA within 5 days? Then you can only submit your application through this website if you select an urgent delivery. For more information, also read the page on urgent delivery of the ESTA.

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Optional additional costs for an embassy registration

Certain nationalities can register their trip at their respective embassies in the USA. This registration is separate from your ESTA application. If you register your trip at the embassy, you also pass on your travel plans to your own government. The advantage is that your nationʼs representatives in Washington, D.C., can keep you updated in the event of an emergency or a dangerous situation. Think of approaching hurricanes, strict COVID-19 measures and other matters that affect the travel advice that has been applicable until then. This way, the embassy can also contact you in exceptional emergency situations.

You can submit an embassy registration directly and free of charge on your governmentʼs website if they offer it.

Optional surcharge for CO₂ compensation

Flights to the United States have adverse effects on the environment and climate. This is largely due to the emission of harmful CO2. You can partially compensate this damage. You can easily do this in the ESTA form on The costs of this vary. The current rates are displayed on the payment page of your ESTA USA. This compensation provides no benefit to Read more about CO2 compensation through is a commercial and professional visa agency, and supports travellers in obtaining, among others, the ESTA USA. acts as an intermediary and is in no way part of any government. You can also apply for an ESTA directly with the immigration service (21 USD per ESTA, via However, not with our level of support. If you submit your application via, our support centre is available to you 24/7. In addition, we manually check your application and all the documents you provide before submitting it to the immigration authorities on your behalf. If we suspect any errors or omissions while doing so, we will personally contact you to ensure that your application can still be processed quickly and correctly. To use our services, you pay us 21 USD in consular fees, which we pay to the immigration service on your behalf, as well as £33.28 in service fees as compensation for our services, including VAT. Our services have saved many travellers from major problems during their trip. Should an application be rejected despite our support and verification, we will refund the full purchase price (unless an application for a previous ESTA USA was rejected for the same traveller). Read more about our services here.