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Electronic Travel Authorization - ESTA Visa - application form is an online system implemented by the United States Government and managed by the Department of Homeland Security, that determines the eligibility of citizens or nationals of designated countries to travel to the United States, prior to initiating the travel.

The purpose of this application is to conduct an initial screening of passengers before opening the right to enter the United States. The online form replaces the onboard paper and customs entry requirements for all passport holders of visa waiver countries.
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ESTA Now Required

All nationals or citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries who plan to travel to the United States for temporary business or pleasure will require, as of January 12, 2009, an approved ESTA prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to the United States under the VWP.

This does not apply to U.S. citizens traveling abroad.

ESTA is a automated system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program. The ESTA application collects the same information collected on Form I-94W. ESTA applications may be submitted at anytime prior to travel, though it is recommended travelers apply when they begin preparing travel plans.

An approved ESTA travel authorization is:
  • valid for up to two years or until the traveler’s passport expires, whichever comes first
  • valid for multiple entries into the U.S.
  • not a guarantee of admissibility to the United States at a port of entry. ESTA approval only authorizes a traveler to board a carrier for travel to the U.S. under the VWP. In all cases, CBP officers make admissibility determinations at our ports of entry.

Visa Waiver Program Passport Requirements

As of July 1, 2009, VWP Emergency and Temporary Passports Must be E-Passports Effective July 1, 2009, all emergency or temporary passports presented for application to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), including transit through the United States, must be electronic passports (e-Passports). An e-Passport contains an integrated chip that stores biographic data, a digitized photograph, and other information about the bearer, and is distinguished by a gold-colored symbol on the passport’s front cover.

VWP applicants arriving in the United States with a non-compliant passport may be required to undergo further processing and/or denied admission. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) may exercise discretion at the ports of entry in cases of medical or other emergency travel.

Individuals traveling to or transiting the United States under the VWP must present a DHS-approved passport as indicated below.

VWP applicants who are citizens of the following countries must present electronic passports (e-Passport) – description above): Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Republic of Korea, and the Slovak Republic.

The passport requirements for VWP applicants who are nationals of these 27 countries: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany*, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
  • October 26, 2005 – Passports issued prior to this date must be machine-readable.
  • October 26, 2005 – Passports issued on or after this date must have a digital photo.
    • E-Passports are acceptable for this purpose.
  • October 26, 2006 – Passports issued on or after this date must be an e-Passport.


CBP will not assess fines against the carriers for transporting VWP applicants who are traveling for emergency reasons and have a non-compliant passport.

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esta-pro.org is a non-government service provider to apply for ESTA authorization.

Here you can receive the ESTA entry permit and make use of our services. Every application is checked and processed by our support team. This will enable you to enter the USA without any difficulties, e.g. formal errors.

If you apply for your ESTA via us, the authorisation will be valid for two years from the date of issue, or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.

If you lose the ESTA registration number you can retrieve it free of charge for a period of two years. You can also use further services. This service costs 89 USD and includes the 14 USD fee for the United States Border Control.

You can also fill out your application at your own risk on the website of the US Department of Homeland Security https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov However, please note that in the case you will not have the real-time support of a member of our support team and there is a risk that you could make incorrect submissions.