ESTA USA VISA FOR AUSTRALIA CITIZENS
Australian citizens can apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) visa waiver to travel to the United States. The ESTA allows citizens of Australia to visit the U.S. for tourism, business, transit, medical and short study purposes without a visa for up to 90 days per visit. Australia was added to the Visa Waiver Program in 1996. However, security measures, intended to address terrorism threats, have necessitated the pre-screening of travelers prior their arrival to the United States.
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of certain countries, including Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa, if certain requirements are met. Under the VWP, time spent in Canada, Mexico, and adjacent islands counts towards the maximum of 90 days stay allowed under the program.
WHAT KIND OF INFORMATION IS NEEDED TO COMPLETE THE ESTA APPLICATION?
You should have all of the below information ready when starting the ESTA application:
- Full name and date of birth
- Passport information (passport number, country of issue, expiry date)
- Credit card information (card number, expiry date, CVV)
Do I ever need to re-apply for a travel authorization?
You may consider submitting a new application if any of this is true in your situation:
- My passport has expired, and I have received a new passport
- I have changed my legal name
- I have changed my legal gender
- I have changed my citizenship
- My life circumstances have changed in a way that would make any of your previous ‘yes’ or ‘no’ responses to ESTA questions no longer applicable
- Your previous ESTA authorization expires, either because your passport has expired or because two years have elapsed since your authorization was granted