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Travel to America? Tips for your ESTA application

Are you traveling to America soon? Remember that all travelers to America must apply for an ESTA.

It is important that you do the application on time. Airlines can not take you on a flight to America if you do not have a valid ESTA (or visa). If you are traveling on a (very) short term, it is possible to request an ESTA urgently. In this article you can read all about ESTA and how you can apply for an ESTA for a trip to America.

ESTA and the Visa Waiver Program

The US Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens from 38 countries to travel to the United States without a visa as a tourist or business traveler. ESTA stands for ‘Electronic System for Travel Authorization’. ESTA is therefore not a visa for America, but a digital travel authorization, linked to your passport. Travelers from countries covered by the Visa Waiver Program must apply for an ESTA since January 12 before traveling to America.

Terms of ESTA

As mentioned above, only citizens from the 38 countries covered by the Visa Waiver Program are eligible for an ESTA. Travelers from other countries need a visa to travel to the United States.

An ESTA is valid for two years from the moment it is approved, or until the expiry date of your passport if it is earlier. Within those two years you can – if you want – travel to America several times. You can stay for a maximum of 90 days per visit.

Your ESTA is no longer valid and you have to request a new one if:

  • You get a new passport.
  • Your name changes.
  • Your gender changes.
  • The country where you live is changing.
  • Certain circumstances change. For example, you are convicted of a crime or have a contagious disease.
  • Your ESTA has expired.

In the following cases you are not eligible for an ESTA, but you must apply for a visa to travel to America:

  • You want to stay in the United States for more than 90 days.
  • You do not travel for a short business or tourist visit to America.
  • You are traveling with a non-connected transport company.
  • You think that grounds for inadmissibility in the Immigration and Nationality Act § 212 (a) apply to you.


Request ESTA

When you apply for an ESTA, it is important that you do this carefully. The information on your passport must be taken over exactly on your ESTA, otherwise it is not valid.

It is useful to request your ESTA through an intermediary, who can ensure that your application is processed quickly. (Please note, however, that there are a number of intermediaries active who charge far too high rates. )They check your application for the most common mistakes before submitting them to the US government. This way it can often be prevented that an ESTA request is rejected, or an invalid ESTA is issued. For questions about filling in the application form you can also contact E-visums. They can be reached by phone and e-mail seven days a week. When you have completed your application, you will receive your ESTA approval quickly in your e-mail, usually within four hours. The price of an ESTA at is only $14,-. You do not need a credit card to pay, you can do that with iDeal or Mister Cash

Urgent ESTA

If you do not have a valid ESTA (or visa), an airline company can not take you to the US. It is advisable to apply for your ESTA well before you leave for America. If that does not work, because you have booked a last minute flight or because you did not know that an ESTA is mandatory, you can apply for an ESTA with speed. An urgent request is treated with priority by the American government. This is done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You usually receive your ESTA rush within half an hour. An urgent request costs five euros extra.

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