With respect to all references to "country" or "countries" in this document, it should be noted that the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, Pub. L. No. 96-8, Section 4(b)(1), provides that "[w]henever the laws of the United States refer or relate to foreign countries, nations, states, governments, or similar entities, such terms shall include and such laws shall apply with respect to Taiwan." 22 U.S.C. § 3303(b)(1). Accordingly, all references to "country" or "countries" in the Visa Waiver Program authorizing legislation, Section 217 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1187, are read to include Taiwan. This is consistent with the United States' one-China policy, under which the United States has maintained unofficial relations with Taiwan since 1979.
|I am a citizen of Canada?||No, if you are traveling with a Canadian passport, you do not need an ESTA.|
|I am a Landed Immigrant of Canada?||No, if you are a citizen of a VWP country, and you are traveling by land to the U.S.
Yes, if you are coming to the U.S. by air or sea.
No, if you are not a citizen of a VWP country, but you are required to have a visa. For more information about how to apply for a US visa follow this link. (http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html)
|I am a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States and a citizen of a VWP country?||No.|
|I am a citizen of a VWP country and I am going to Guam or Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)?||Yes, if you travel under the VWP. |
No, if you are eligible for Guam/CNMI VWP, but the maximum stay is only 45 days and stay is restricted to those islands only - travel cannot be to the United States.
|I am a citizen of a VWP country and I am traveling under the VWP to Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands?||Yes, ESTA is required for travel to these locations.|
|I am traveling to the U.S. by air to transit for another country?||Yes, if you are only planning to transit through the United States to another country, you must apply for ESTA.|
|I am visiting the U.S. from Canada or Mexico?||No, if you are a citizen of a VWP country and you are coming by land. You are only required to complete the paper I-94W form at the land border crossing.
Yes, if you are a citizen of a VWP country and you are arriving by air or sea. Please note that VWP citizens do not need an ESTA to travel on the ferries between Vancouver and Victoria, BC and Washington state, because they are treated as a land border port.
|I have a valid visa (B1/B2)?||No, if you already have a B1/B2 or any other valid visa and you are traveling for the purpose in which it was issued.|
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We only publish Frequently Asked Questions. If you are looking for more information about the ESTA application process, please check our full version on your computer.
It is an online application system developed by the US government to pre-screen travelers before travel. All passengers traveling under the Visa Waiver Program are obliged to have an approved travel authorization before traveling to the United States by sea or air. The ESTA became mandatory from January 12, 2009.
It is a program administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in consultation with the State Department, that permits visa free travel to the United States for citizens of 38 program partner countries around the world.
All eligible travelers who wish to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program for tourism or business for up to 90 days or less without obtaining a visa must have approved travel authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to boarding a U.S. bound air or sea carrier.
There are currently 38 countries, citizens or nationals of which may visit the United States under the Visa Waiver Program:
You are eligible to apply for authorization under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) if:
To apply for an ESTA, you must use the following process:
- Complete Application.
- Review Application.
- Make Payment.
- Receive Your Travel Authorization.
In most cases we will return an Application Status within 3-6 hours. In cases where more time is needed to process an electronic travel authorization application, we will send an informative email during the next 24 hours and we will send the definitive answer within 48 hours (maximum).
There are three possible answers to your electronic Travel Authorization application:
- Authorization Approved.
- Travel Not Authorized.
- Authorization Pending.
The cost of application on this website is comprised of two parts:
- US government fee. All applications requesting an electronic travel authorization are charged 4 USD for the processing and 10 USD if your application is approved.
- Service fee. If you choose our service, 45 USD will be charged to your credit/debit card. Our customers can pay for our service in their home currency (total cost will be equivalent to 59 USD in the time of payment).
If your ESTA has expired, you must reapply by submitting a new application. Existing authorizations cannot be extended.
You can change only email address and the address where you will stay in the United States. In other cases, you need to apply for a new Travel Authorization. If you have already submitted an application with us and want to update incorrect information, we can help you.
Unless revoked, Travel Authorization is generally valid for two years from the date of authorization, or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. The date of expiration you can see in your ESTA, it is shown next to the application number.
You can enter the United States for 90 days or less for business, pleasure or transit.
You have unlimited entries into the USA before authorization is still valid.
If you have already approved Travel Authorization and you are our customer, you just need to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask us about the status of your application. In addition, we will send sporadically emails with information about the status of your ESTA.