Are collective ESTA applications possible?

Are collective ESTA applications possible?

Organising a group trip or family holiday is not an easy thing in itself, but it becomes even more complex when the trip is to a destination that requires visas or other travel authorisations. Luckily, and as we shall explain here, it is possible to make a collective ESTA application to travel as a group to the United States. We shall look closely at the advantages of such a procedure and explain, step by step, how to apply for all the electronic travel authorisations together. 


The advantages of a collective ESTA application:

To travel to the USA you need to acquire travel authorisation from the American authorities, either in the form of a visa or, if you fulfil the conditions, an ESTA electronic authorisation.

If you are planning a trip to the American continent as part of a group you will each be required to obtain this well known travel authorisation. However, although the ESTA application process has been greatly simplified and is completed solely online, making individual applications can be time consuming and make travel preparations for the group far more complex.

Luckily, it is possible to create a collective or group application. One single person thereby takes the responsibility of completing the applications for the whole group, and receiving the responses from the American authorities. This enables a saving in terms of time as well as an easier way of managing the travel preparations.


How to easily complete a combined ESTA application?

The first thing to do if you decide to make a collective ESTA application is to designate a person you all trust who will be responsible for following the procedure for all the members of your group. This person should, before starting the online applications, ensure they possess all the information that will be required. Therefore, and for each traveller, they will need:

  • Complete identification details
  • The dates and places of birth
  • The numbers of the biometric or electronic passports
  • Addresses
  • Professions
  • Information on previous visits to the United States or elsewhere

Once you have collected all this information you simply need to access an online ESTA application form such as that available on our website, and select ‘group application’.


Cost and validation for a group ESTA application:

Although a collective ESTA application greatly facilitates the procedure for organising your travel to the United States, it does not enable a reduction in price, the processing and administration fees are individually priced. To submit a group application the total amount due for all the group members will have to be paid by credit card.

The response from the American authorities will be transmitted at one and the same time for all the applicants, to the email address of the principal contact person and within a maximum period of 72 hours. If one or several group members do not obtain their ESTA authorisation, this will not impact the authorisations of the others in the group.

Of course, each authorisation can later be used individually by the holder, within the legal duration of the ESTA two year validity period.

Online ESTA application form