ESTA application explained
What do I need to apply for the ESTA?
You will need your passport and payment card to submit an application. Your travel itinerary is optional to submit but can be included. Please review our FAQ for most common questions and answers about your ESTA status
Payments made for the ESTA Application. ,
All Payments for the ESTA application have to be realized with a credit or debit card. The United States Government does not except checks or money orders for the ESTA application, and leaves it to specialized companies like ESTAmerica.org to help with the “Electronic System for Travel Authorization” process. We accept all the major card brands. Please contact us if you are not able to make the payment with a credit card, but the easiest way is with a credit or debit card.
Verify Your ESTA application
Need to update, verify, or renew your ESTA?
There are only certain fields that can be updated in an ESTA after you have received an approved travel authorization. You are strongly recommended to review your ESTA well ahead of your trip to the United States to give yourself time in case there is an error with your application. If you have any question about you Submission, please e-mail us.
Is a Visa and the ESTA the same thing?
The ESTA authorization is not a visa. It is a pre-clearance to travel under the VWP, which is designed to allow travelers to bypass the time-consuming visa process. The ESTA authorization is not equivalent to a United States visa by any means, and cannot be substituted for a visa in situations where a visa for travel is required. You do not need an ESTA if you already possess a valid visa.
ESTA and the VWP Information
ESTA applications are only done online.
Vital applications details include passport and payment information. Your travel itinerary is an option and can be updated later. All mandatory fields must be filled in and completed correctly. The United States does not take checks or money orders for The ESTA application. It is left to companies like ESTAmerica.org to help and assist citizens from your your country fill out the form accurately.
Who Needs to Apply for ESTA?
Anyone entering the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. This allows the Department of Homeland Security to pre-approve Visa Waiver Travelers before they leave their own countries. Only select countries are Visa Waiver Countries, and you will find that list under The (VWC) page.