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The Visa Waiver Program requires all travelers entering the United States via air or sea to have an approved Travel Authorization (ESTA).

  • Apply Online
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Step 1:
Start new ESTA

Step 2:
Complete ESTA

Step 3:
Confirm Secure

Step 4:
Obtain Approved

Submit your ESTA Application Online

The Visa Waiver Program allows passport holders from eligible countries to visit the United States for up to 90 days. The visa waiver traveler is required to hold a valid travel authorization (ESTA) in order to enter the United States for tourism, business or medical reasons. Please complete the form below for review and online processing.

Recent changes to the ESTA application

What are the additional questions to the updated ESTA application?

As of November 3, 2014, the US government added multiple questions to the original ESTA application to include:

- Other names/aliases
- Other citizenships (if applicable)
- Parents name(s)
- National Identification Number (if applicable)
- U.S. Contact information (email, phone, points of contact)
- Employment information (if applicable)
- City of Birth

Will the ESTA take longer time to complete with the additional questions?

The ESTA application will take a few more minutes to complete, but the issuance of the travel authorization is still expected to take the same amount of time.

Why are these extra questions asked as a part of the ESTA application?

Since the introduction of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization in 2009, there was no changes to the initial questionnaire until November 2014. The reasons behind the additional questions are related to enhanced security of the US borders, and the government wanting to know more about each visitor visiting the United States.