Information about ESTA:
ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) is an automated system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States. Only travelers from countries eligible under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) can apply using the system.
All travelers need ESTA authorization approval to board their air carrier for travel to the United States under the VWP. The ESTA system allows you to apply online and receive authorization. The ESTA system is a US Government program managed by the Department of Homeland Security and its purpose is to screen passengers before authorizing their right to enter the United States.
The following conditions must be met in order to apply through the internet and be granted travel authorization:
- You are a citizen of a country that is eligible under the VWP
- Your stay is less than 90 days
- You have a valid passport
- You use an airline or vessel company known by the US Government and are in possession of a return or onward travel ticket that does not terminate in a contiguous territory or adjacent island to the United States unless you reside there.
ESTA became mandatory on January 12, 2009 in order to reinforce security. International travelers entering under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are now required to obtain an electronic travel authorization prior to their trip to the United States.
It is important to remember that all travelers should have a valid machine-readable passport in order to be authorized to travel to the United States. The ESTA application process is done only online and the US Department of Homeland Security manages the system.
Estavisa.com.au is a private website and is not affiliated with any government agency. We assist foreign travelers needing proper documentation to enter the United States. Our service fees are $84 US Dollars and include the United States Government fee of $14. You may choose to engage our services or visit the State Department and Homeland Security Internet sites and make your request to travel to the U.S. for a lesser fee. The Government site can be accessed at CBP.GOV.
Approved ESTA applications are valid for a period of two years, or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.
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Who can use the ESTA system?
Travelers to the United States that are citizens of a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) participating country are eligible. The purpose of travel can be tourism or business and the stay cannot exceed 90 days.
Please, find below the list of the US Visa Waiver Program participating countries:
- United Kingdom
- San Marino
- New Zealand
- Republic of Malta
- Czech Republic
- South Korea
What rights does an ESTA approval give you?
As soon as you are granted an electronic travel authorization, you can travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, (VWP). Although ESTA authorization is mandatory, it does not guarantee admission to the United States. Upon arrival to the United States you will be subject to a routine inspection at the border by a USCBP officer who will determine your admission to the US according to applicable law.
Refusal of an ESTA application does not prevent the applicant to request a visa from a consulate to travel to the US.
All information provided by you or by a designated third party must be true and accurate. An approved electronic travel authorization may be cancelled at any time for any reason, especially if new personal circumstances or information affect the application. Providing false, misleading or fraudulent information knowingly and intentionally when submitting a travel request may lead to action taken against you including but not limited to charges of perjury.