1. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ESTA AND VISA?
Visa and ESTA are not the same in terms of traveling to the USA!
One may apply for an ESTA if he or she is the citizen of one of the VWP countries and is planning to visit the USA for a period of no longer than 90 days.
If, however, you either are not from a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) or are planning to travel for longer than 90 days, then you have to apply for a visa, as an ESTA does not apply for your case.
2. IS LATVIA ONE OF THE VWP COUNTRIES?
Yes. Latvia is one of the countries that takes part in the Visa Waiver Program. Which means that ESTA for Latvian citizens applies.
As there are demanding rules for travelers wanting to enter the US, the VWP allows for an easier traveling experience for those who are citizens of the Visa Waiver Program countries.
3. FOR HOW LONG IS AN ESTA VALID?
Once your ESTA has been approved, it is valid until the holder’s passport’s expiration date or for two years from the date of the ESTA approval if the holder’s passport is valid for more than two years from the day of ESTA approval.
As previously said, a traveler with an approved ESTA may travel to the USA for up to 90 days in one trip.
Therefore, in most cases, with one valid ESTA you may travel multiple times to the USA, as long as each period of travel does not exceed 90 days.
4. MUST I HAVE TRAVEL PLANS FOR ME TO APPLY FOR AN ESTA?
No, a planned-out route is not necessary. However, in order to finish the ESTA application, you must provide a contact person/number as well as an address at which you will be staying, all in the U.S.
If you’re planning to travel around and not be in just one address, then, in that case, you may enter the first destination’s address in your ESTA application.