ESTA for the United States of America
An ESTA USA is a mandatory travel authorisation to travel to the United States without a visa. An ESTA application can be submitted quickly and easily with the online ESTA application form. The cost is € 39,95 per person.
Since 8 November 2021, tourists and business travellers with an ESTA can again travel to the USA after a long entry ban. There are still some coronavirus measures in effect, read all about them on the page about the coronavirus in the USA.
Apply for an ESTA in three steps
1. ESTA form
You can easily apply for your ESTA within a few minutes, with the online ESTA form.
2. Online payment
The ESTA USA cost can be safely paid for online through Visa, MasterCard, American Express or PayPal.
3. The official ESTA
As soon as the official ESTA USA has been granted, this will be confirmed by e-mail and text message. In urgent cases, after 60 minutes on average.
Information about the ESTA USA
Do I need an ESTA? You need an ESTA if you travel to the United States for a holiday, business trip or transfer. It does not matter whether you arrive in the United States by air, (cruise) ship or by land. Children also need their own ESTA. If you do not have a valid ESTA, you will be denied boarding or check-in. Only travellers with a US passport or visa, or Canadian passport are exempt. You could also apply for a visa, but this is more expensive and takes longer to approve. For a visa application you need to visit an embassy or consulate. You can apply for your ESTA fully online.
What is an “ESTA”? The abbreviation “ESTA” stands for: “Electronic System for Travel Authorization”. This system is a security measure of U.S. Customs & Border Protection. Its purpose is to keep out unwanted travellers. When you apply for an ESTA, U.S. Customs & Border Protection will assess whether you potentially pose a security risk. If no risks are found, your application will be approved. An ESTA is not a physical document, but a digital travel authorisation. After approval you will receive a confirmation in PDF format. You do not need to show this anywhere. During check-in your passport number will be checked to see whether you have a valid ESTA.
Validity period of the ESTA
From the moment your ESTA USA is issued it is valid for two years. During this validity period you may travel to America an unlimited number of times. Each stay in the USA may not exceed 90 days. An interim or consecutive visit to Canada, Mexico or a Caribbean island also counts as part of these 90 days. Do you want to stay longer in the United States? Then you need to apply for a US visa. Will you be using a new passport? Then you will also have to re-apply for an ESTA with your new passport.
What activities are allowed in the USA when travelling with an ESTA?
With an ESTA you are allowed to travel to America for a holiday, business trip or transit. Visiting friends, family, business associates, meetings and conferences is also permitted. You may only perform paid work during your trip if your employer is located outside the United States. With an ESTA you are not allowed to work for an American organisation. You are also not allowed to engage in journalistic activities, invest in American companies or study at an American educational institution.
Requirements of the ESTA USA
- You must abide by the coronavirus rules in the United States. These are determined by the US government, your airline and by the government of the country you are visiting after you leave the USA.
- Travellers have to prove on arrival in the United States that they are planning to leave the USA in the future, by providing a return or transit ticket.
- If a Homeland Security officer suspects on arrival in America that you pose a threat to security or public order? Then you will not be allowed to enter the country, even if you have a valid ESTA or visa.
- Applying for an ESTA online is also necessary for trips to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, the American Virgin Islands or the Northern Marianas.
- Travellers who after 10 March 2011 have been to Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya or Somalia, or who have ever held the nationality of one of these countries, cannot apply for an ESTA.
- Have you been in Cuba on, or after 12 January 2021? Because Cuba is viewed by the United States as a financer of terrorism, you will not be able to apply for an ESTA. You can however, apply for a visa.
Travellers that do not comply with the above-listed requirements for the ESTA visa risk deportation and subsequent pre-emptive rejections of all future applications for travel authorisations to the United States.
Apply for your ESTA online
You can easily apply for your ESTA with the online application form Filling in this ESTA form will only take a few minutes. Applications are processed 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, also during holidays. You can also submit a group application with the same ESTA form. You will then not need to fill in contact and travel details for each traveller again. You can pay for your ESTA safely with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or PayPal. Once your application has been approved you will receive an email and text message. On average this takes 3 days. You do not need to print anything.
Do you need your ESTA urgently? Please indicate this on the application form by ticking the " urgent delivery " box. On average, urgent applications are approved after 60 minutes. However, please note that even urgent applications can exceptionally be delayed by several days. U.S. Customs & Border Protection reserves the right to take longer to process your application and recommends that you apply for your ESTA as soon as you plan to travel to the USA.
You can start applying for your ESTA USA right away. You do not yet need to have a place of residence or contact person in the USA. You may also deviate from the expected date of arrival. Do you still have questions about the ESTA USA? Please take a look at the frequently asked questions and their answers.
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e-Visa.ie is a professional visa bureau and supports travellers in acquiring a visa for the USA. However, e-Visa.ie is in no way part of the US government. It is also possible to directly apply for an ESTA at the US Customs and Border Protection website ($21 per person, via esta.cbp.dhs.gov). In that case, you will be unable to use our support centre, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to resolve urgent issues and answer your questions. We also check applications for common mistakes before submitting them. We do this within 72 hours at the latest, but usually within ten minutes after receiving your payment. If we suspect errors or any incompleteness, we will contact you immediately to ensure that your application can still be processed quickly and correctly. Our services have already saved many travellers from major problems during their travels. Should an application be rejected despite our support and verification, we will refund the entire purchase cost (unless an application for an ESTA USA has been rejected for the same traveller before). Read more about our services.