The ESTA visa form is available online. Start the online form and carefully follow the instructions and double-check all information for typing errors. You can apply individually, and you can apply for other travellers if you have their consent and correct information available. Make sure you write down your application's confirmation number in case there is a slight delay in processing your application.
All ESTAs may take up to 72 hours to be approved, as stated by the US government in December 2018. You may also print the document and bring it along with you on your travels to prove that you have applied and received a valid authorisation number. However, the information is collected electronically and airlines, as well as the CBP officer at the US port of entry, will be able to confirm if you have a valid ESTA visa or not.
ESTA visas are mandatory for all travellers arriving by both sea and air and are required whether you are travelling for tourism, transit, medical visits, short study trips or business visits under 90 days.
The online form for an ESTA visa is easy and is normally completed within 15 minutes, but it is important to pay close attention to details and make sure that the information provided is correct. Please make sure that all personal information is correct and that you have a working email address. Make sure to apply at least seventy-two hours before your departure to the United States.
Make sure you are eligible. On our homepage, you will find the countries that are eligible for the Visa Waiver program and ESTA, and you must be a citizen holding a passport (not a permanent resident or resident) of a Visa Waiver Program country to participate.
Make sure your documents are valid. The ESTA program requires your passport to be valid for at least six months after you plan to complete your trip to the United States.
Prepare your information. The ESTA application is most comfortable when you have all your information on hand. You'll need to enter your passport information, any other names or aliases you use, your contact information, your prior US visa admission history, your city of birth, your parents' names, your national identification number if applicable, and your history of any communicable diseases or criminal convictions. You will also need one of the major credit card brands (American Express, Discover, Diners, Mastercard, or Visa) to pay for the processing fee. The payment will be in USD $.
The United States Department of Homeland Security's ESTA system responds to most applications instantly, but can require a maximum of 72 hours. The common recommendation is to apply at least 72 hours before you are due to travel.
Whether you apply for your ESTA authorization directly or through a third-party provider who specializes in ESTA applications depends entirely on your travel plans and your needs. If you're not confident in having the time to fill out the ESTA application with the necessary attention to detail, a third-party provider can offer specialized information double-checking, 24/7 customer service, and results notification and help your organization or peace of mind before you travel.