1. ESTA Eligibility

1.1 Who can apply for ESTA?

Passport holders from one of the 38 Visa Waiver Countries are eligible to apply for ESTA. The 38 Visa Waiver Countries are: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and United Kingdom.

1.2 What are the qualification criteria for ESTA?

There are a number of requirements which must be fulfilled in order to apply for ESTA. The most important eligibility requirements are related to the passport being machine-readable or ePassport depending on the citizenship, in addition to being eligible to enter under the Visa Waiver Program at all. More information about the eligibility requirements can be found in our application form.

2. ESTA Application Process

2.1. How can you apply for ESTA?

You can only apply for a travel authorization online. The US Department of State has created one official website where you can submit your own application. There cost of an application is USD 14 on the official government website. Our service fee for processing ESTA application includes this fee.

2.2 When should you apply for ESTA?

You are recommend to apply for your own travel authorization if you plan on visiting the United States within the next 3-6 months. It can take the US government up to 72 hours to provide you with an answer.

3. Visa and ESTA

3.1 Do you need to apply for ESTA if you have a tourist visa?

No. You are not required to apply for ESTA if you hold a valid United States visa.

3.2 What is the difference between ESTA and a tourist visa?

ESTA is only related to the visa waiver program and applicable to citizens holding a passport from one of the 38 Visa Waiver Countries. A tourist visa must be applied for by anyone else who do not qualify for ESTA or who are from a non-visa waiver country. ESTA is an online application process performed by the individual, while a visa can only be applied for at a U.S. embassy or consulate.

4. Arriving via Air or Sea

4. 1 Do I need an approved ESTA if I arrive by air?

Yes. Visa waiver travelers entering the United States by air are required to hold a valid ESTA application.

4.2 Do I need an approved ESTA if I arrive by sea?

Yes. Visa waiver travelers entering the United States by sea are required to hold a valid ESTA application.

4.3 Do I need an approved ESTA if I arrive via a land border crossing?

No. There is currently no ESTA requirement for U.S. land border crossings.