Electronic Travel Authorization - ESTA Visa - application form is an online system implemented by the United States Government and managed by the Department of Homeland Security, that determines the eligibility of citizens or nationals of designated countries to travel to the United States, prior to initiating the travel.

The purpose of this application is to conduct an initial screening of passengers before opening the right to enter the United States. The online form replaces the onboard paper and customs entry requirements for all passport holders of visa waiver countries.

What is ESTA?

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is a requirement from the United States Government for participating travelers from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries to complete online the I-94W form (formerly paper-based and filled on arrival by participating VWP citizens) in advance of travel to the United States. Passengers not having a ESTA will be denied to check in, although it is possible (but not guaranteed) to get one while on the airport.

Passengers have been able to sign up since August 2008, and the travel authorization has become mandatory since January 12, 2009. Once pre-screened, passengers may reuse the ESTA approval for two years, although they may still need to complete the I-94W paper form ("Non-immigrant Visa Waiver Arrival/Departure Form") on board an aircraft or ship, since the information is also used by the Census Bureau and the Department of Commerce, but the DHS online system is only designed to check participating VWP passengers against terrorist and/or no-fly lists and databases.

The U.S. Government recommends that travelers to submit an authorization request three days (72 hours) before traveling to the United States. This is not a requirement, and the majority of applications is approved immediately (in less than one minute). However, if a traveler is not eligible for visa-free travel, he or she will need to apply for a visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, which is a substantially lengthier process that may require an interview with a U.S. Consular officer. That is why the U.S. Government recommends participating VWP travelers not wait until the last moment to sign up for an ESTA approval. This recommendation has been widely mischaracterized in the press as a requirement. As a result, opponents claim the new rules will delay last-minute business travel. Once a traveler obtains an authorization, it is valid for two years or until the traveler's passport expires (whichever comes first).

An ESTA approval is not a visa, since its screening threshold does not rise to the level of a visa issued by the Department of State. While no visa is required, ESTA adds a requirement for pre-authorization to the existing Visa Waiver Program.


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Here you can receive the ESTA entry permit and make use of our services. Every application is checked and processed by our support team. This will enable you to enter the USA without any difficulties, e.g. formal errors.

If you apply for your ESTA via us, the authorisation will be valid for two years from the date of issue, or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.

If you lose the ESTA registration number you can retrieve it free of charge for a period of two years. You can also use further services. This service costs 69 EUR and includes the 14 USD fee for the United States Border Control.

You can also fill out your application at your own risk on the website of the US Department of Homeland Security However, please note that in the case you will not have the real-time support of a member of our support team and there is a risk that you could make incorrect submissions.