Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)

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The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is a system used to determine visitor's eligibility to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) without a visa and whether such travel poses any law enforcement or security risk. Travelers under VWP must have a approved ESTA authorization before boarding to a carrier. DHS and CBP recommends that you apply for ESTA authorization as soon as you know your traveling plan and at least 72 hours prior to boarding.

ESTA is not a visa but its mandatory for VWP travelers. A ESTA authorization is valid for two years, or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.  And in the same way wish a visa, ESTA does not guarantee of admission to the U.S..

ESTA will ask you to provide:

  • Passport information from a Visa Waiver Program country
  • Email address
  • Home address
  • Phone number
  • Emergency contact
  • Application fee ($14)
  • ID number (if applicable)
  • Global Entry ID number (if applicable)
  • Employee address and phone number (if applicable)
  • U.S. point of contact (if applicable)

Who needs to apply for ESTA?

You need to apply for ESTA when all following situation apply to you:

  • You are a citizen or eligible national from a Visa Waiver Program  country
  • You don't have a valid visa traveling to U.S.
  • Your planing length of stay is for 90 days or less
  • Your purpose of travel is for business or pleasure


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