FAQ

  1. WHAT IS ESTA?

    ESTA is an acronym as Electronic System for Travel Authorization( Electronic Travel Authorization System) It applications can replace the visa requirement for citizens of VWP countries who travel in United States. United States. Once the ESTA is accepted it’s valid for for two years or until the passport expires.

    The application permits citizens from VWP members to go to in the United States for 90 days without the requirement of the visa.

    Learn the full details regarding ESTA here.

  2. WHAT IS VISA WAIVER PROGRAM?

    The visa-free programme allows people from certain states to enter America United States or use them to travel without the need to obtain an entry visa. However, if you’re citizens of any of these VWP countries and you are planning to travel towards America United States by air or by sea, you must get an ESTA.

    In this program, residents who are citizens of VWP countries are permitted for travel within the United States or use them for transit for a period of 90 days.

    Read more about VWP here.

  3. WHO NEEDS ESTA?

    The ESTA is only valid for those citizens of countries within the VWP and only for visiting the United States by sea or via air. ESTA permits people from VWP member nations to travel to in the United States for business, transit or travel during up to 90 consecutive days. It substitutes the requirement to obtain visas.

  4. WHAT IS A VWP COUNTRY?

    VIP is the acronym for Visa-free Entry Program, in which citizens from a variety of countries are able to travel to in the United States in transit, for tourism or for business up to 90 days , without needing to apply for the visa.

    The countries currently participating of the VWP currently include:

    Andorra; Australia; Austria; Belgium; Brunei; Chile; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Italy; Japan; Republic of Korea; Latvia; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Malta; Monaco; Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Portugal; San Marino; Singapore; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Taiwan; United Kingdom; Poland.

  5. FOR HOW LONG IS AN ESTA VALID?

    The ESTA certificate is in effect until expiration date of their passports of ESTA holders or for two years after when you receive ESTA approval in the event that the passport is due to expire longer than two years after the date the approval of your ESTA.

    You are able to remain within the United States for up to 90 days in a visit provided you are able to show an valid ESTA.

    This means that, during the period of validity of the approved ESTA typically you are able to visit America several times for as long as 90 days.

  6. HOW CAN I CHECK IF MY ESTA IS VALID?

    To check the ESTA status, simply fill in the form and be provided with the details of your ESTA.

    If your ESTA is expired and you are no longer eligible, you must apply for an ESTA renewal to travel to the United States.

  7. DO I NEED AN ESTA IF I HAVE A VISA?

    If you’re a resident of one of the participant countries in the VWP program and you travel into America United States by land, there is no require an ESTA. If, however, you are traveling via sea or air, then you should request an ESTA.

    If you hold an entry visa, then you are not required to have an ESTA.

  8. WHAT IS ESTA GROUP APPLICATION?

    The ESTA Group Application permits one applicant applying for the ESTA for 50 individuals using only one ESTA payment.

    Members of the group don’t necessarily need to travel together, however, a unique identification code is assigned to each person who joins the group.

  9. WHEN TO APPLY FOR ESTA?

    You are able to request an ESTA anytime prior to travelling in America. United States, but it is advised that you apply for an ESTA at least 72 hours prior to boarding the plane towards America. United States.

    Typically, the reply to your request is usually accepted or rejected in just a couple of minutes. However, it is advised to submit your application no more than 72 hours prior to departure to avoid any issues when it comes to the acceptance of documents on time.

  10. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ESTA APPLICATION AND VISA?

    A visa and ESTA aren’t the exact same for travel in the USA!

    ESTA is only available to travelers to in the United States who are citizens of one of the VWP countries. Therefore, they don’t require visas to enter America. United States for up to 90 days.

    If you’re not a resident of one or more of these VWP countries, ESTA does not apply to you and you must get an US visa.

  11. HOW MUCH TIME IS REQUIRED FOR FILLING AN ESTA APPLICATION?

    If you have all the necessary information required to submit an ESTA application The process shouldn’t be more than 10-20 minutes. Most of the time, an ESTA is granted within just a few minutes. However, it is highly recommended that you submit an application for ESTA at least 72 hours prior to your travel in United States. United States.

  12. WHEN DO I NEED VISA?

    ESTA is not available to you, and you will need to obtain a visa if not a resident of one of the PRTR countries.

    In certain cases even if you’re an official in one of these VWP nations, you will require the visa required, which is:

    • If you’re visiting the USA for any reason other than tourism, business or transit;
    • You must make an application for a no-immigrant visa in the event that you think that one of the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act applies to you;
    • If you’re planning to stay on America, you must be in the USA for a time which is longer than 90 days;
    • If you’re traveling to the USA overseas, you will need a Visa Waiver Program non-signatory air carrier.
  13. WHEN DO I NEED TOURISM/BUSINESS VISA FOR TRAVELING TO THE U.S.

    Travelers who wants to travel to into the United States of America must be granted a nonimmigrant Visa for a specific duration of time. People from the countries in the visa-free program may obtain an entry permit into to the United States of America under the visa-free program. If you are planning to utilize Visa-free programs, it is necessary to be approved by the Electronic Travel Authorization System (ESTA) prior to entering in the United States of America.

    If you are not eligible for the visa-free program you may request a non-immigrant B1/B2 visitor visa if you:

    • The main reason for the trip is to conduct business (B1)
    • The main purpose behind the trip is to relax and health care (B2)

    B1 visa is usually granted if your trip to America United States is to attend events and seminars, talk with business partners, sign various contracts and transactions.

    B-2 visa is usually granted if the trip to in the United States is recreation, medical or travel treatment visiting relatives and friends and participating in social gatherings.

    If you are required to apply for visa (B1/B2) Contact the closest US Embassy.

  14. WHAT COUNTRIES ARE INCLUDED IN THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM?

    Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Malta, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Great Britain, Poland.

  15. DOES THE ESTA APPROVAL GUARANTEE ENTERING INTO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?

    As per the Electronic Travel Authorization System (ESTA) The system grants you the possibility of entering into the United States of America in conformity with the visa-free program. If you are entering into the United States of America, the Customs and Border Protection officer will inspect you and make a decision on an entry visa.

  16. DO I HAVE TO SUBMIT THE ESTA APPLICATION TIMELY BEFORE TRAVELING TO THE U.S.?

    YYou are able to request an ESTA anytime However, it is suggested to apply within 72 hours prior to your departure to the America.

  17. CAN I SUBMIT THE ESTA APPLICATION REPEATEDLY IF IT HAS BEEN REJECTED?

    If any of your situations have changed since you last applied, you are able to request a new ESTA within 10 days. If you’ve submitted false information in your ESTA application, you’ll be permanently denied the ability to travel in the Visa-Free program.

  18. WHAT SHALL I DO IF MY ESTA APPLICATION IS REJECTED?

    If you’re unable to qualify to this ESTA Visa Waiver program, go to the closest US consulate or embassy and apply for a nonimmigrant B1/B2 visa.

  19. WHAT IS THE AMOUNT OF THE ESTA APPLICATION FEE?

    The US state duty is US$ 14.00. The price of our services covers all the US State duty.

  20. CAN I MAKE MODIFICATIONS TO THE ESTA APPLICATION AFTER ITS SUBMISSION?

    You can modify the information regarding the itinerary in the application form you filled out. This ESTA application system permits users to edit their travel information. It is not necessary to reserve hotel or plane tickets prior to making your ESTA application.

  21. DO I HAVE TO FILL IN I-94W PERMIT IF I HAVE RECEIVED ESTA?

    Since the implementation of the ESTA program If you are entering into the United States by sea or via air, you don’t have to apply for an I-94W permit. Currently, the information is recorded electronically.

  22. IS IT NECESSARY TO CARRY A COPY OF ESTA APPLICATION TO THE AIRPORT?

    In accordance with US regulations, it’s not necessary to bring an original copy of the ESTA permit for travel within Visa-free programs. But, you should have an original copy of the permit to record your travel. Certain airlines might require you to carry an original on hand, in which the case, you might require an image. If you’ve lost the ESTA applicant number, it is possible to find it by entering the name of the applicant, the date of birth as well as the passport number, along with the country of issue for their passport. This can be done through the ESTA website.

  23. WHICH ARE THE PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS IN ORDER FOR ONE TO TRAVEL UNDER THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM?

    The conditions to be a part of the visa-free regime are as the following:

    • The passport should be an electronic passport with a digital chip that has biometric information about the person who is the holder of the passport;
    • It must include an machine-readable area on the biographical page;
    • Taiwan passport holders are required to supply an Passport Number and the Personal Identification Number (PIN);
    • There is an exception that will take effect July 1st, 2009; Visa Waiver Program countries’ temporary passports as well as emergency passports need to be digital.
  24. IS IT POSSIBLE TO TRAVEL WITH MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS SUCH AS NEEDLES AND OXYGEN TANKS?

    Medicines should be kept in their original packaging and have an official prescription from a physician on the packaging. It is essential to carry only medications that are for personal use that are not more than the ninety-day limit. If the medication isn’t in the original packaging you need a copy of your prescription, or an official note from your doctor.

    All medications that are imported into United States must have a doctor’s prescription. The prescription for medicines falls under the authority that is the responsibility of FDA. If you have any concerns regarding which medicines are allowed to be imported into the United States, please contact the FDA, Department of Import Operations and Policy via telephone (301) 796-3556. To transport devices like oxygen gas or other items that be a security risk it is necessary to have the prescription from a physician. To learn more about the other requirements, you can call for more information from the Transport Security Administration.

  25. HOW DO I MAKE CORRECTIONS ON THE ESTA APPLICATION?

    If the biometrics information on your passport, such as name or gender or birth date and expiration date, or the country of citizenship, or contains errors, you need to apply for a new passport or a re-application in order to correct an mistake. The only way to do this is if the earlier application was approved.

  26. IS IT POSSIBLE TO APPLY ESTA FOR MY CHILD?

    Yes. Children with no accompanying parents must have their own ESTA prior to traveling in America. United States, if they reside in a country which has denied visas. It is your responsibility to be aware of the ESTA conditions for your children and respond to questions with honesty as a guardian.

    In order to be eligible to be eligible for an ESTA Children must possess their passports that are not expired. The passports of children aren’t suitable to be used for an ESTA when they were not issued prior to the 26th of October in 2006. The document must satisfy the conditions for the Visa-free Entry program.

  27. WILL MY DEPARTURE BE AFFECTED IF MY ESTA EXPIRE AFTER ARRIVING INTO THE US?

    No. Your departure won’t be affected, however to return to America United States after departure, you must extend your ESTA.

  28. IS ILLNESS LIKE THE FLU OR A COLD IN THE US CONSIDERED AS A COMMUNICABLE DISEASE?

    Many diseases that cause infection are not an obstacle to entry into to the United States under the visa-free program. If you are suffering from one of the diseases that cause infection it is necessary to mention this on your application. Once you have been cured, you can declare you’re completely healed, but you will require confirmation that you are not infected.

    The infectious diseases that are under review are as follows:

    • Chancroid
    • Gonorrhoea
    • Granuloma inguinale
    • Leprosy, infectiousma
    • Lymphogranuloma venereum
    • Syphilis (infectious stage)
    • Tuberculosis (active)
  29. HOW SECURE IS MY CREDIT CARD INFORMATION?

    The ESTA system doesn’t save any information following the transaction.

  30. FOR HOW LONG IS MY ESTA VALID?

    Travel authorizations typically last for two years from when they were issued, or until expiration or when it expires when they are not revoked. This screen is always display the expiration date of an authorization to travel. ESTA authorization is valid for multiple trips over two years or until the expiration of the passport.

    When you receive ESTA travel authorization, you don’t need to apply again for the duration of the validity. The possession of an ESTA does not mean you are guaranteed to stay in the US indefinitely, but it permits you to remain according to the conditions of Visa Waiver Program. You are able to remain inside the US for 90 day or less.

    If you want to stay longer, you’ll need to obtain an authorization from the US Embassy. Changes in the name, citizenship or gender , or getting an additional passport will require the application of an additional travel authorization. This is also the case if one answer to Visa Waiver Program eligibility questions is changed.

  31. HOW DO I RENEW AN ESTA?

    If you’re ESTA expires You can apply for an application for a new one here.Existing applications aren’t able to be renewed. There is no need to wait until the time your ESTA expires. You are able to apply at any time prior to your expiration date.

    If you get this message “A valid, approved application has been found for this passport, with more than 30 days left before the expiration date”. The application must be submitted with payment to complete the application. After that, the current application is cancelled. It is necessary to begin with a fresh application.

  32. WHAT IS THE ESSENCE OF PROVIDING MY EMPLOYER INFORMATION?

    In accordance with section 214b of the Immigration and Nationality Act, people must show that they do not intend to move into United States. United States and that they have the right to be granted visitor status.

  33. MUST I HAVE TRAVEL PLANS FOR ME APPLY FOR AN ESTA?

    No. There is no need to have a travel plan in place at the time you submit your application. However, you’ll require someone to contact you in America. United States. In order to fill the application, you’ll have to provide the address that you’ll be within the United States. If you are planning to visit multiple locations, you are able to specify the address of the first one you’ll be visiting.

  34. WHEN SHOULD I APPLY FOR A VISA INSTEAD OF AN ESTA?

    You can apply for a visa instead of an ESTA if:

    • You want to enter the US on a non-signatory air carrier;
    • You would like to remain within the US for longer than ninety days;
    • Travelling to the US for any other reason apart from short-term business or tourism;
    • You believe that any of the grounds of non-admissibility to this Immigration and Nationality Act apply to you.
  35. I HAVE A DUAL CITIZENSHIP AND MY NON-VISA WAIVER PASSPORT IS EXPIRED OR I DO NOT HAVE A PASSPORT FOR THAT COUNTRY.

    If you hold multiple passports, you must fill in the details of the latest passport even if it’s expired. Citizens who have dual citizenship but don’t have passports from other country need to choose one of the countries from the drop-down lists however, do not fill the Passport Number field.

  36. WHAT HAPPENS IF A VISA WAIVER PROGRAM APPLICANT IS FOUND TO BE INADMISSIBLE?

    If a person is admitted but is not deemed eligible to enter into the United States under the Visa Waiver Program are returned to their country of origin or a third-country country in which they hold a round-trip ticket at the time that brought them at the United States and was denied admission.

  37. SHOULD THE APPLICATION BE DONE IN ENGLISH EVEN IF THE TRAVELER’S KEYBOARD DOES NOT TYPE IN ENGLISH?

    The ESTA application has to be submitted in English and the computer is set up to use American English with a suitable font that is compatible with keyboard input. If the operating system of your computer includes Microsoft Windows 95 or higher Please visit the Conversation Exchange website to configure your computer.

    If your device does not run Microsoft’s Windows operating system you can consult the advice from the vendor of the operating system to get assistance or to read the manual.

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