An ESTA ( meaning) is a digital travel authorisation issued by the US government, which is granted after the traveller has declared that they pose no threat to the safety and law enforcement of the United States of America. The ESTA system can be used to prevent unwanted travellers from being permitted on aircrafts and ships to the USA.
Open the ESTA form
Manual: filling out the ESTA form
The ESTA form can be filled out digitally. Four categories of data are requested:1. Contact information of the applicant
2. Details about the trip to the USA
3. Information about the travellers(s)
4. Safety/background questions
Contact information of the applicant
The first part of the application form consists of the contact information of one of the travellers for whom an ESTA is being applied for. Make sure that the e-mail address is filled in correctly; the ESTA confirmations of each traveller will be sent to this address.
Details about the trip to the USA
The second part of the ESTA form consists of the travel details. The date of arrival needs to be the same for all travellers in the ESTA application. If this is not the case, separate application forms can be submitted. If your case is urgent, this part of the form also allows the applicant to check the ‘urgent’ box, indicating that the ESTA application needs to be processed as a matter of urgency (extra cost urgent application: £17,50).
This part of the form also asks for a point of contact/contact person in the USA, the initial lodgings in the US and an emergency contact. Filling in a point of contact/contact person in the USA is optional; it is also permitted to fill in ‘Unknown’. Likewise, filling in the address of the initial lodgings in the USA is also optional. However, it is always necessary to fill in an emergency contact. For example, fill in a family member, friend or colleague who isn’t travelling along.
Information about the traveller(s)
The third part of the ESTA form consists of questions about the traveller(s). It is possible to submit an ESTA application for multiple travellers at once with a single form. Keep in mind that each traveller is required to possess their own passport and ESTA. The passport information of each traveller needs to be filled in. This also applies to children and babies included in the ESTA application.Passport information
When entering the passport information, make sure that all information is correctly written down; even a minor typing error can result in an invalid ESTA. Checking-in for flights or (cruise)ships to the USA is impossible without a valid ESTA. In case any passport information has been incorrectly written down in the ESTA form, an entire new application must be submitted. The application cost will be charged anew as well. Travellers that possess (or have at some point possessed) a passport from a different nationality need to fill in certain information about that as well.Employer information
Details about each traveller's employer will also be asked for. This part of the ESTA form also needs to be filled out if the travel only has a side job or a summer job, or if they are self-employed.
The safety questions/background questions
The fourth and last part of the ESTA form concerns questions about the background of the traveller. Here, questions will be asked concerning drug use, psychiatric problems and/or a criminal past. The traveller will also be asked if in the recent past, they have been to Libya, Syria, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Iraq, Somalia and/or Yemen. If one or several questions have to be answered with ‘yes’, it is no longer possible to submit an ESTA application. Finally, the applicant will be asked to agree with the ‘Waiver of Rights’: This statement means that the traveller agrees not to appeal against the decision of U.S. Customs and Border Protection regarding the admissibility of the traveller to the USA. The applicant also declares to have filled out all questions in the ESTA application completely and truthfully.Add extra persons
After the entire ESTA form has been filled out, the applicant can click on the button 'add a traveller'. With this, an additional traveller can be easily added to the same form, without needing to fill in all the contact information and travel details again.
Checking the application and paying
Have all the questions in the ESTA application form been filled out? Click ‘Apply for ESTA’. You will be forwarded to the control page. It is very important that all the information on this page is double-checked, to avoid rejection, or invalidity of an approved ESTA USA. Has an error been found? Click on ‘edit’, correct the information, and then click on ‘save’. When everything is in order, the desired payment method can be selected and the payment screen is displayed. As soon as the payment has been received, the application is processed.
Submit ESTA form
To immediately start with the application for one or several travel authorisations, the ESTA form can be opened with the button below:ESTA form: apply