You can quickly and easily apply for a Visa Waiver via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) using our website. Follow the instructions and answer the questions in the online form to submit your application for ESTA.
The online form requires the following information:
The ESTA application for the Visa Waiver Program is available to citizens of 38 participating countries, but this list may be subject to change.
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Kingdom*.
All other nationalities need to apply for a visa to enter the USA.
*UK passports must include the words “British Citizen” or “with unrestricted right of abode in the United Kingdom” to be eligible to apply.
In addition to being a citizen of a visa waiver country, ESTA applicants must have a valid machine-readable passport showing the e-passport symbol on the cover. If you do not have an e-passport with an embedded microchip, you must either get an updated passport or apply at your US embassy for a tourist/business visa. Also, your visit to the USA must not exceed 90 days, including any time spent in Mexico, Canada or adjacent islands, including the Caribbean. Finally, your visit must be for business or tourism purposes.
As part of the ESTA application you will need to submit details of a credit or debit card for payment. We accept all major types of credit cards.
Children of all ages must have a current passport of their own. All children who are citizens of a visa waiver country must apply for ESTA before visiting the USA. This is regardless of age, and whether they are traveling accompanied or unaccompanied.
Once submitted, only certain areas of your ESTA application can be changed online.
It pays to check all the information you submit on your ESTA application is correct to avoid possibly being denied approval and/or entry to the USA.
Your application will be responded to within 72 hours. However, usually the response time (either approval or denial) is much quicker.
You are not required to show proof of your visa waiver approval, but it is recommended that you print out a copy for your own records. In some cases, airlines request that you show a copy at the airport at check in.
You can submit an ESTA application even if you do not know your exact travel dates. However, you will need to provide an address where you will be staying. If you plan to stay in various places, only the first address is required. If you are not sure of the full address, a hotel name and location will suffice.
ESTA is not a visa. As its name suggests, the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is an electronic means of pre-screening for visitors who are eligible for the US Visa Waiver Program. If you already have a valid visa for the US, such as for business or visits exceeding 90 days, you do not require an ESTA; you can travel to the USA on your visa.
ESTA approval lasts for two years and can be used as many times as you wish to enter the USA within the conditions of the Visa Waiver Program. To check whether your previous ESTA is still valid or to confirm the expiry date, go to the Verify/Update section of our website. You should do this well ahead of your travel dates as you may need to apply for a new ESTA. You cannot enter the US without a current ESTA or visa and must apply for it before departing from your home country.
If your previous ESTA or your passport has expired, or your name or circumstances have since changed, you will need to apply for a new ESTA.
Most ESTA applications are approved, but if your application is denied you will need to apply to a US Embassy or consulate for a non-immigrant visa before you can travel to the USA.
ESTAProcessing.com is owned by a private company which specializes in eVisas and the Electronic System for Travel Authorization. We offer a comprehensive review and submission service of US travel authorizations. Our services are offered for an additional processing fee which includes the official government charge for the eVisa. All visitors have the option of lodging their own application directly on the Government website without our assistance and processing services.