US Entry Authorization without visa - ESTA

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ESTA is electronic authorization system which allows entry to the USA for a short visit or business trip



This system is part of the American Visa Waiver Program, which exempts travelers from a visa and enables them quick entry into the United States. The authorization is sent within 72 hours, therefore it is recommended to apply in advance when planning your trip.

What is the ESTA valid for?
  • 90 days stay in the USA
  • Unlimited entries in the USA
  • Valid for two years
Why is it better to request ESTA than a tourist visa?
  • No Embassy interview needed
  • Quicker authorization
  • Lower costs

Planning a trip to the USA? Apply today

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Minimum requirements for applying to ESTA

  • You should hold a passport from one of the ESTA countries
  • You should have a valid passport
  • Your passport should be biometric
  • The purpose of your trip should be: tourism, business or transit
  • Your flight ticket should be roundtrip or in transit

Advantages for using the system

  • Quick authorization sent by email
  • Personal data is corrected and verified before submitted
  • Technical support is provided by email or phone
  • Secure payment via SSL

The countries participating in the ESTA

Europe
  • Austria
  • Italy
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Andorra
  • Estonia
  • Belgium
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • Netherlands
  • Hungary
  • Czech Republic
  • Greece
  • Israel
  • Luxembourg
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Liechtenstein
  • Monaco
  • Malta
  • Norway
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Finland
  • France
  • Croatia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
    South Asia
  • Brunei
  • Taiwan
  • Japan
    South Asia
  • Singapore
  • Korea
    Oceania
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
    South America
  • Chile

Q&A

ESTA is an electronic system for authorizing entries to the USA. Using the system and obtaining an entry permit allows you to visit the USA without the need for a regular visa, which saves a lot of time and costs for those interested in entering the USA. The maximum period of stay in the USA with ESTA is 90 days. It is forbidden to work while staying in the USA with ESTA. Those who plan to work or study or stay in the USA for more than 90 days, this entry permit is not suitable for them and must apply for an appropriate visa

ESTA is the more suitable option, when:
1. The purpose of the visit to the USA is: tourism, visit, business or a combination of all these together
2. The length of stay in the US does not exceed 90 days on each of your visits
3. You do not intend to work in the US (receipt of payment by an American entity)
4. Need to transit in the USA - connecting flight to another country

A visa is the most suitable option, when:
1. The purpose of the visit to the USA is: studies, work, journalism
2. The duration of the planned stay in the USA is over 90 days
3. You are traveling to the USA and that your stay will be financed by an American entity

Requirements in terms of citizenship and passport
You must hold the citizenship of one of the countries participating in the US visa waiver program (most European countries, with the exception of Romania and Bulgaria).
You must have a valid passport of that country and in addition it must be valid throughout your stay in the US.
The passport must contain a biometric chip - all normal passports have such a chip (even for children with German citizenship who have a Kinderreisepass) usually emergency passports do not have such a chip.

purpose of travel
You can use an entry permit to the USA - ESTA for business and tourism purposes, to visit family or friends, undergo medical treatment or for a connecting flight to another destination.
You are allowed to work for pay during your stay in the US, only if you are doing it for an employer outside the US. This means you can also visit clients, suppliers, conferences and other meetings.
It is absolutely forbidden to be employed and to receive any financial compensation from an American employer. studies, extensive investments, journalism, participation in prize-winning sports competitions,
Working as an air crew member, traveling as an artist - all of these are prohibited with an ESTA entry permit and must apply for a relevant visa

* Green card holders or US citizens cannot apply for ESTA.

All you have to do is submit an application through this system, arrange payment by credit card and within 72 at the most you will receive the confirmation via email.
Submitting the application does not take more than 15 minutes of your time, you just have to hold your passport in front of you.
Fill out the form from top to bottom. You will first be asked to provide your personal details and then your travel plans, which do not have to be final.
Even if your plans change in the end, you have nothing to fear - the details you enter in the form are
Your assessment only and it is not binding on you.

The approval you receive will be valid for two years (or until your passport expires, whichever comes first) and you can use it multiple times.
It is highly recommended (but not mandatory) every time you want to visit the USA to update the details of the upcoming trip with approval through the ESTA CENTER system before your trip
After filling out the application form, you can arrange the payment. This can be done easily and safely using a Visa or MasterCard credit card (also Isracard).
The immigration service will now start working on your application. If everything is in order, your request will be approved within three days at most.
If you applied for an urgent ESTA, it can happen in just one to two hours.
Once you receive this confirmation, you can check in at your airline's counter or website.
You do not have to print the certificate although it is recommended but you can simply show it on your mobile phone.

Every traveler, regardless of age, is required to have a valid ESTA or a valid visa to the USA without exception and regardless of age. The ESTA process for children is carried out in exactly the same way as for adults. In addition, it should be remembered that adults traveling with the child to the USA are recommended to have a document confirming that They are the parents or legal guardians of the child. When submitting the application for ESTA for the child, it is not necessary to have the above document - yes, it is recommended to have such a document before arriving in the USA.

When you apply for US ESTA through this system,
Usually the result is sent to you within 24 hours although it may take up to 72 hours (depending on the workload of the US government immigration system).
If you need the approval more urgently, then there is an option to submit an application through an option for an urgent procedure -
In such cases, the confirmation will usually be sent to you within two hours of submitting the application.

Application fee Payment for the ESTA visa exemption program application fee and the application fee itself does not change depending on the number of applicants for the program (the price is the same for each person).
It is also possible to speed up the approval of the visa exemption program by paying for the urgent service.

Payment is made using a Visa or Mastercard credit card (also Isracard).
Immediately at the end of the payment in the secure system of the ESTA CENTER, the candidate will receive the receipt invoice directly to his email.

No, it is not possible to extend an entry permit to the ESTA. You must apply for a new US entry permit.
You can submit a new application by clicking the "Submit Application" button above.

When applying for ESTA, you do not need to order anything yet. However, when you check in for your flight to the US, you must already have a booking confirmation for the onward or return flight.
If you are traveling with a private airline or private boat? So ESTA is not enough and a visa application must be submitted.

It is highly recommended to print the ESTA certificate you have. Most airlines are not synchronized with the US border control service, so they do not have the possibility to check whether you have a valid ESTA directly with the American authorities. Without being able to present the ESTA certificate to the airline, you will not be allowed to board the plane, so it is highly recommended to have a printed certificate ahead of time.

The name on the ESTA entry permit should match what is written in the lower part of your passport - these are the two lines containing the symbols "<<<", right at the bottom of the information page in your passport.
The top line of these two lines contains your name (directly after the country prefix).
Is your name spelled here as it is on your US entry permit? Then everything is fine and you can travel to the US without any problems.
Is the spelling error unrelated to punctuation? So maybe there is a mistake on your part. - If this is the case, the ESTA approval is not correct.
Is there another person's name listed on your ESTA? Or is part of your name missing? So this may be a result of your browser's autofill function.
You are solely responsible for checking if all the details are filled in correctly, before making the payment. The only way to fix this is to apply for a completely new ESTA.

In order to apply for ESTA, you must declare that you do not pose a risk to US security.
You do this by giving an honest answer and a statement to all the "security questions" on the application form for a permit to enter the US. If you meet all the following conditions and assuming you did not make any mistakes when submitting the application, then the granting of the permit will be almost certain.
What are the conditions?
• You are not a risk to yourself or your environment. (physically or mentally)
• You have never committed a crime that caused serious property damage or injury
• You do not use drugs and have never broken a law related to drugs
• You are not terrorists or spies
• You have never broken a law related to a US visa
• Never had a US visa application rejected (a rejected ESTA application is not a problem)
• You have never been denied entry to the United States nor have you been deported from the country
• You have never visited Cuba
• You have not been to Iraq, North Korea, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and/or Yemen after March 1, 2011
• You do not have the citizenship of Iraq, North Korea, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and/or Yemen

It is relatively rare that an application for an entry permit to the US is rejected. If your application is rejected, the American Immigration Service never indicates the reason for the rejection.
Reasons that may lead to the rejection of your application:
* You (also) have American citizenship
* You did not specify your additional citizenship
* You are suspected of a criminal offense
* Your name appears in an Interpol database
* You are traveling with a passport that has been reported missing or stolen
* You may pose a risk to US security
* You are not admissible according to the Immigration and Nationality Law (Article §212)
* You have previously tried to break a law related to a visa to the USA
* You have been refused entry to the US in the past, or have been deported from the country at some point
* that at some point you have been in the US for longer than is allowed by law
* Your application for a visa to the USA was previously rejected
* After March 1, 2011 you visited Iraq, North Korea, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and/or Yemen
* You are citizens of the following countries: Iraq, North Korea, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and/or Yemen
* Have you ever been to Cuba?
* You do not meet any of the other requirements for traveling with the ESTA program

Important note: in order to minimize the chance of your application being refused, we recommend using the ESTA CENTER system you are currently using.

What can you do if your application is rejected?
First check if your passport details have been filled in correctly in the application form. If your passport information was filled in incorrectly, you can try to submit another application again.
But usually, the reason lies elsewhere.
If your passport information has been filled in correctly, submitting another application for a new entry permit will not help. This request will be rejected again immediately.
However, you can always apply for a visa to the USA. Our system will be able to assist you in making this application.
You may hear at the visa interview at the embassy what the problem was with your US entry permit application. You can then provide a justifiable explanation for this problematic factor.
If everything is in order, you will be given a visa and you can travel to the United States.
The system will not be able to bear responsibility for any damage caused as a result of submitting an application for a permit to enter the USA / a late or rejected visa.
You can read more about it in the general conditions

This website processes a lot of personal information. This is personal information, such as: passport numbers, ID numbers and passport photos. The ESTA CENTER system ensures that your data is protected in accordance with the strictest current privacy regulations (GDPR). In order to ensure this, the most advanced organizational and technological precautions were taken. Your data is processed only through secure connections, and transmitted encrypted. Also, your data is deleted immediately as soon as there is no need to store it. Your personal data is only processed to make your order: submitting an application through the ESTA CENTER system. Also, no commercial use is made of your personal data.