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ESTA Articles

The ESTA application procedure in detail The ESTA procedure is the necessary process to take if you wish to travel to the United States. Here you can learn how to proceed and thereby rapidly obtain your travel authorisation.
Correctly completing the ESTA application form Do you want to apply for travel authorisation to the United States, maybe in another language? Learn here how you can find the ESTA application form in English and other languages together with advice on obtaining your ESTA authorisation rapidly.
How long does it take to obtain an ESTA authorisation? Are you planning a visit shortly to the United States and wish to know how long it takes to obtain an ESTA, the document necessary to travel there? Wait no longer, you can find the answer right here.
How long is an ESTA valid for? Before leaving on a visit to the USA you should know both the duration and validity period of your ESTA authorisation. With our following explanations you can find out the information you need to know before your departure.
ESTA: The official document for the United States To enter the United States you need to obtain an official ESTA document. Here you can learn what this is and the steps to take to obtain this travel authorisation.
The ESTA form for the UK and Ireland Do you live in the UK or Ireland and plan to visit the United States shortly for a trip of less than three months? Here you can learn about how to easily access the ESTA application form to obtain travel authorisation.
Do you need to pay for an ESTA application? Do you wish to know if the obligatory ESTA authorisation required to travel to the United States is payable? Here you can find out the answer together with some explanations on the reasons for its cost by reading our guide.
The solutions available in the case of an ESTA authorisation refusal Receiving a refusal after submitting an ESTA authorisation application does not necessarily mean that your trip will be cancelled. Learn about the possible reasons for a refusal and the alternative solutions available.
The questions on the ESTA application form for the United States Are you about to apply for your travel authorisation by completing the ESTA application form for the United States? Learn how to complete it together with information concerning the questions that will be asked.
What is the price of an ESTA application and the costs involved? Many future travellers to the United States ask about the costs of fees associated with the ESTA application form. Learn the details here with some explanations concerning the price.
The Visa Waiver program or VWP for the United States The American Visa Waiver program is a new system that enables a visitor to request travel authorisation to the United States with an ESTA. Learn how this works together with the application conditions.
The response time for ESTA confirmation Before completing your travel authorisation application for the United States, it is important to know the response time for ESTA confirmation. Here we offer you information about this subject together with some explanations.
How to renew your ESTA authorisation? The renewal of an ESTA is an obligatory procedure when the two year validity period has expired or when your personal situation has changed. Learn when and how to complete this procedure.
Can my ESTA information be modified? Do you wish to update your ESTA authorisation following a change in your personal situation, for a new trip, or because your original authorisation is approaching its expiry date? Learn how to do this here.
How to find out the status of an ESTA authorisation? Do you wish to verify the status of your ESTA application after having submitted your travel authorisation application to the American authorities? Here you can find out the steps to take for ESTA verification.
Can the same ESTA authorisation be used for several trips? Many people who have benefitted from their initial ESTA authorisation ask if they can make several trips with it. Here you can find the response to this question with some explanations.
Is the ESTA required for transit through the USA? Are you planning to shortly travel abroad that will require a stopover in the United States? Find out if you need to obtain ESTA authorisation for this and which procedures you will need to follow.
The ESTA document for travelling to New York The ESTA is the essential paper required to visit New York. Here you can learn how to obtain it and under which conditions and also access the application form directly for a simplified procedure.
Is it necessary to print your ESTA authorisation? Many travellers destined for the United States wish to know if it is obligatory or necessary to print an ESTA authorisation. To learn more on this subject read our advice and explanations.
List of countries eligible for the ESTA Do you wish to benefit from the ESTA Visa Waiver Program to travel to the United States? Find out if your country is on the list of countries eligible for this system together with some useful advice.
Children: Do they need ESTA authorisation? Are you planning to travel to the United States accompanied by one or several children? Learn about the ESTA authorisation requirements for children and how to best prepare for their travel in accordance with regulations.
Group ESTA applications for the whole family Read our advice for making ESTA applications for all your family and thereby saving precious time on administrative procedures relating to the travel organisation of your next trip to the USA.
Is it necessary to have a return ticket to obtain an ESTA? Are you wondering if you need a return ticket to obtain ESTA authorisation? Learn the answer here together with explanations on all the conditions you must fulfil for obtaining your travel authorisation.
What to do if the ESTA authorisation expires during a trip? Is your ESTA authorisation still valid but expires during your upcoming trip? Learn what to do and find out if this particular situation may be a problem for you when preparing for your visit to the United States.

If you plan to visit the United States shortly, for business or pleasure, you will need to submit an ESTA travel authorisation application. But before launching into this procedure maybe you would like to know more about the ESTA authorisation and what it is exactly. This is what we shall explore here in more detail with clear in depth explanations.

ESTA authorisation: What exactly is it?

The term ESTA represents ‘Electronic System for Travel Authorisation’. It is basically authorisation to travel to the United States obtained through an online application form. ESTA authorisation is an obligatory electronic form of the traditional visa for all visits to the USA of less than 90 days. However, you will also need ESTA authorisation is you plan to simply transit through American territory.

ESTA authorisation concerns the citizens of 37 countries that are member countries of the program including France, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy and Holland.

Although ESTA authorisation enables you to travel to the United States without having to undertake the long procedure associated with a traditional visa application, it is extremely important that you understand the operation of this travel authorisation application process to ensure you are not refused permission to board at the beginning of your journey to the USA.

Why was the ESTA authorisation created?

The American government is responsible for the implementation of this ESTA authorisation. The aim of this system is of course to simplify the work of the United States customs and immigration services; the country receives millions of tourists each year arriving on its territory. But to ensure efficient security only the citizens of certain member countries have the opportunity to benefit from it.

This is because the second aim of the ESTA authorisation is to facilitate the procedure for visitor citizens from these countries by granting exemption from the traditional visa application procedure. It is actually no longer necessary for these citizens to visit the American Embassy to complete the traditional visa application; they can now simply apply online with a specific ESTA form.

The positive or negative response (authorisation granted or refused) is notified to the applicants by email who then have no further steps to complete.

The advantages of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization or ESTA:

As you have no doubt understood, the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA, offers numerous advantages for you as a visitor. You no longer need to visit administration offices to submit an application and can, in only a few minutes, complete the steps necessary to obtain the right to travel to the USA.

There are numerous advantages for the American authorities in simplifying the management of requests by centralising the system around an electronic service. In this way, it enables them to save time at the border controls as well as economising on administrative personnel and maintain good relations with the countries from which these visitors originate.

To summarise, the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA, is a modern way of saving time and money for all parties concerned.

Where to apply for ESTA authorisation:

If you wish to apply for ESTA authorisation to organise a future trip to the USA then you are in the right place. On our website you will find the relevant form in several languages, exactly identical to the official version, with the assurance that it will be processed within 24 hours.

You will also find all information necessary to correctly complete the application form and can even modify certain details before submitting it.  Note that this application form is best completed several weeks before your departure date. Once obtained, this travel authorisation is valid for all future trips to the United States within a period of two years from its issue.