[USA] ESTA - Electronic System for Travel Authorization

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[USA] ESTA - Electronic System for Travel Authorization

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http://www.esta.us/

What is ESTA?

ESTA stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization. ESTA is an online application system developed by the United States government to pre-screen travelers before they are allow to board an airplane or ship bound for the United States. Starting on January 12, 2009, any person entering the United States under the visa waiver program is required to hold an approved ESTA Travel Authorization.

Who Needs to Apply for ESTA?

All travelers entering the United States (by air or sea) under the visa waiver program are required to hold a valid ESTA travel authorization. The purpose of ESTA is to allow DHS to pre-screen all Visa Waiver Travelers before they leave their respective countries. U.S.-bound travelers are recommended to apply for a Travel Authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure.

What is the Visa Waiver Program?

The visa waiver program is a U.S. government program that enables citizens and nationals from the Visa Waiver Countries to enter the United States for tourism or business purposes for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa. The advantage of entering the United States under the visa waiver program is that you can travel to the United States on short notice without obtaining a visa.

FREE ESTA ELIGIBILITY TEST

Only citizens of Visa Waiver Countries are allowed to apply for ESTA. It is important to know if you qualify for ESTA before you submit your application. Use the drop-down menu on the left to select your nationality and click on "Submit".

The ESTA application system is entirely online. There are no forms that need to be printed and you do not have to go to a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in person. Download the ESTA Application Guide and apply today!

http://www.esta.us/

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Re: [USA] Electronic System for Travel Authorization

Unread post by bimjim » Thu May 19, 2016

ESTA applies to The Visa Waiver Countries, which 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
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Portugal
San Marino
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
United Kingdom
- * (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales)

The fee is $4.00. Authorization charge -- If your application is approved and authorization to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program is issued -- is an additional $10.00 and will be charged to the credit card.

Most others require a US Visa

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