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ESTA Basic Information

Electronic System for Travel Authorization was introduced by the US government in 2009 for all countries participating in Visa Waiver Program. ESTA functions as an electronic visa and significantly facilitates traveling to the States for tourism, business, or transit purposes.

ESTA online application means no Embassy visits and a shorter processing time - 3 business days at most. The approved ESTA is delivered directly to the eligible applicant’s email address. The ESTA processing fee is only 49 Euro. As a multiple-entry authorization valid for 2 years from the date of its issuance, ESTA enables numerous entries to the US. Each stay can last as long as 3 months.

It is important to submit an online application at least 72 business hours in advance of the US trip to receive the approved travel document on time!

Important note: ESTA does not cover employment or education purposes, or any other long-term activities to be performed in the USA. If your travel purpose is other than tourism, business, or transit, please remember to apply for a regular visa at the nearest US Embassy in your home country.

What I need?

Requirements for ESTA to the USA

The requirements for ESTA to the USA were reduced to the minimum. Every applicant simply needs to have:

  • a valid passport that will not expire within at least 180 days from the date of the planned trip to the USA
  • an active email address to receive the approved ESTA in a PDF file
  • a valid means of online payment to cover the service fee for processing the ESTA application
  • a working electronic device, e.g., smartphone accessed to the Internet
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