Can the same ESTA authorisation be used for several trips?

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Can the same ESTA authorisation be used for several trips?

Maybe you have already obtained ESTA authorisation in the past, or plan several trips to the United States in the coming months, and you wish to know if you can make several trips with the same ESTA authorisation. To learn the answers here we have prepared some explanations and information on the validity period of your authorisation and the conditions to fulfil to reuse this authorisation for numerous visits.

 

How long is an ESTA authorisation valid for?

In principle an ESTA authorisation, once obtained, is valid for a period of two years. This validity period starts when you receive your travel authorisation from the American authorities, not from when you submit your application.

Theoretically, you can therefore reuse this authorisation during the whole of its two year period of validity to make several trips to the USA. However, you will need to meet certain conditions that we will cover here in detail.

 

The conditions required for making several visits using the same ESTA authorisation:

To use your ESTA authorisation numerous times during its validity period you should meet the following requirements:

  • Firstly, your biometric or electronic passport number should be the same as that used during your first trip. It is actually the passport number that your ESTA authorisation is associated with electronically. Of course, the validity period of this passport should cover the entirety of your stay in the United States.
  • Also, this ESTA authorisation is only valid for stays of less than 90 days. You cannot use it for longer stays or to prolong your stay in the USA. In the latter situation you will have to exit American territory and create a new ESTA application.
  • Your personal situation must not have changed. If you have got married, divorced or changed your civil status then you can no longer use your ESTA authorisation for another trip.
  • Finally, you should verify that your initial responses to all questions asked remain correct. This particularly concerns the questions in the last part of the form.

 

How to reuse your ESTA authorisation:

To reuse your ESTA authorisation for further visits after your initial trip, you should update your online application form.  To do this you should return to the website where you submitted your initial application, or the official ESTA website as applicable. Ensure you have your original reference number at hand. This number was issued to you during the submission of your first ESTA application.

You should then confirm the accuracy of all information entered with your current situation, or modify it as necessary if changes have occurred. Please note, in the latter case, it may be possible that the American authorities refuse to grant you authorisation, even if you were originally granted it with your initial application.

Online ESTA application form