1. CAN ALL BRUNEI CITIZENS TRAVEL TO THE USA WITH ESTA INSTEAD OF A VISA?
Yes, all Brunei citizens can apply for an ESTA and travel to America Visa-free.
ESTA is a simple and convenient travel authorization that skip the hassle of obtaining a Visa by going to a U.S. Embassy and having to make a meeting with the Visa officials there.
Although ESTA is meant for all citizens of Brunei, it still has some regulations, which regulates when an individual meets the criteria to be able to apply for an ESTA and when that individual needs to obtain a Visa, even though he or she is from a VWP country.
If you have Brunei citizenship and are planning to visit the U.S., then you can apply for an ESTA if:
- Your visit will be 90 days or less
- Your motive for travel is business, short-term tourism or transit.
2. WHAT IS A VWP (VISA WAIVER PROGRAM) COUNTRY? IS BRUNEI INCLUDED?
The Visa Waiver Program has been put in place by the U.S. government, which means that the VWP countries have no say in the criteria or rules regarding travel with an ESTA.
However, this easy application for a travel authorization is made possible to only the VWP countries’ citizens. Since Brunei is also included in the program, Brunei citizens should take advantage of it, as the list of VWP can change. Some countries may be removed, some added, therefore, it’s important to check the latest information on the Visa Waiver program.
Find out the latest on the VWP here.
Want to know more information on the Visa Waiver Program? Read more about VWP here.
3. FOR HOW LONG WILL MY ESTA BE VALID FOR?
Simply answered – for two years.
However, there is one exception to the rule.
If your passport, with which you applied for ESTA, expires in less than two years, then your ESTA will expire together with the expired passport.
If this is your case, you will need to apply for a new ESTA once you receive your new passport.
To check your ESTA’s validity, use this online form.
4. WILL AN ESTA APPROVAL GUARANTEE ENTERING THE USA?
In accordance with the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, you are allowed to travel to the USA under the Visa Waiver Program, however, once entering America, a customs’ official and border guard shall check your ESTA and you, and then make a decision to approve or decline your entering into the States.
Therefore, the officer has the right to evaluate if the individual traveling into the States shows any sign of danger to the general public.