How do I Get Esta
All eligible international travelers who wish to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program must apply for authorization.
Who You Are:
- You are a citizen or eligible national of a Visa Waiver Program country.
- You are currently not in possession of a visitor’s visa.
- Your travel is for 90 days or less.
- You plan to travel to the United States for business or pleasure.
- You want to apply for a new authorization for one person or a group of applications for two or more persons.
What You Need:
- Valid passport from a Visa Waiver Program country.
- Valid credit card (MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover (JCB, Diners Club)) to pay US $14 per application.
- Your contact information.
- Your most recent employment information, if applicable.
How do I know if my ESTA application was approved
How do I know if my ESTA application was approved? Will you send me an email?
When you apply for ESTA, in order to get your authorization status, (and proof that your application was successfully submitted) you must click “Next” after you receive your application number. We will not send you a separate email or other verification that you have applied for ESTA or whether your application was approved. That final “Next” page provides the only notification you will receive.
If you received approval and did not print out or write down your application number, which is needed in order to update your application or check your status, you may retrieve the application number through the ESTA website by clicking Retrieve Application Number and entering the applicants name, date of birth, passport number and passport issuing country.
In most cases, ESTA provides an almost immediate determination of eligibility for travel under the VWP. There are three types of responses to an ESTA application: Authorization Approved, Authorization Pending and Travel Not Authorized. Applicants who receive an approval are authorized to travel to the United States under the VWP.
Applicants who receive an Authorization Pending response will need to check the website for updates within 72 hours to receive a final response. Applicants whose ESTA applications are denied will be referred to the Travel Information web site for information on how to apply for a visa to travel to the United States.
There is an ESTA application fee required by the Travel Promotion Act of 2009. The fee is comprised of two parts:
- Processing Charge– All applicants requesting an electronic travel authorization are charged for the processing of the application. The fee is $4.00.
- Authorization charge — If your application is approved and you receive authorization to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, an additional $10.00 will be charged to your credit card. If your electronic travel authorization is denied, you are only charged for the processing of your application. CBP is not responsible for any third party fees for the transaction.