What to do if the ESTA authorisation expires during a trip?

What to do if the ESTA authorisation expires during a trip?

Are you planning a forthcoming visit to the United States using a previously obtained ESTA but it expires before the end of your trip? In this case you will want to know what steps, if any, you should take to ensure your travel goes smoothly. 

It is important to know that if your ESTA expires during a visit then this will not cause problems. But, in certain cases, it can be necessary to renew your ESTA application online. Here are some explanations on this subject.


Is is necessary to renew an ESTA if it expires during a visit:

An ESTA authorisation is valid for a visit to the United States of less than 90 days, and during the two year period of validity following its issue date by the American authorities. In the situation whereby your ESTA reaches its expiry date before the end of your visit but is valid on your departure date you have absolutely no need to renew your application.

Of course, it is imperative that your departure date falls within the valid period of your ESTA authorisation and that the stated return date is within 90 days of the departure date. Regarding your passport, this should be valid for the entire duration of your visit to the U.S.A., including the return date.


In which situations is it necessary to reapply for an ESTA:

Although your ESTA authorisation can be used for numerous visits to the United States during its two year period, even if it expires during your trip, there are certain situations whereby you will be required to reapply for your travel authorisation online. These are as follows:

  • A change in name or gender of the traveller or any other change relating to their identity, except marriage when the maiden name is stated on the passport or the travel tickets/documents.
  • A change of contact details (address) of the traveller.
  • A change of passport. Verify carefully that the passport number stated on your first application is the same as that of your current passport.
  • A change in the answers to one or several questions in the application form.

To put this simply, all the information that you supplied during your first ESTA application should still be valid for this trip. If this is not so then you may not be allowed to board your transport.


How to reapply for an ESTA if this is necessary?

If one of the clauses above applies to you then you will need to reapply for an ESTA online to be sure that your travel plans to the USA are successful. You will therefore need to visit a website such as ours to access the application form available, ensure you have your valid electronic or biometric passport with you when you do so.

When you have completed the questionnaire you will need to pay the processing and transmission fees for the application to the American authorities in order to validate it.

A response will be sent to you by email within 72 hours maximum.

Online ESTA application form