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May 7, 2015

What if my passport expired?

What if my passport expired?

Your passport is the only identity document that is valid internationally. Before you go on a trip, make sure your passport is valid for a period that is equal to or greater than the duration of your journey.

ESTA is a travel permit, not an identity document. The ESTA authorisation is linked to your passport when you submit your application, so in case your passport expires, your approved ESTA permit also expires. A new ESTA request is required after renewing or updating your passport.

How long is my ESTA authorisation valid?

The ESTA travel authorisation is valid for two years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. This means that while your stay is limited to just 90 days, the application in itself is valid for two years. Exact travel dates are not required to complete the ESTA application. The online application form includes optional destination and airline carrier fields. These optional travel detail fields can also be updated once your travel information to the United States is confirmed. The travel authorsiation is granted for multiple trips througout the two year validity period.

In which cases should I renew my ESTA application?

There are certain cases in which it is mandatory to obtain a new travel authorisation through the online system:

  • If you obtain a new passport: each ESTA application is valid for a single passport.
  • If you renewed your passport you must also renew your ESTA application.
  • If you have changed your name.
  • If you have changed your gender.
  • If you have changed your country of citizenship or residence.
  • If underlying circumstances for the traveller’s answers to any of the “yes/no” questions on the ESTA application have changed.