Learn More: ESTA
Content updated, July 2023
Travel to the United States with the US ESTA! Apply online with iVisa
If you are planning a trip to the United States, your first task will be assured you have the right travel documents to enter the country.
You will find everything you need to know about the US ESTA and entering the US for tourism purposes below.
Keep reading to find out how to apply for this travel authorization online using a quick, hassle-free, and completely digital application form.
What is the US ESTA?
The US Electronic System for Travel Authorization ("ESTA") is an automated system that allows qualifying nationalities to travel to the US for tourism or business purposes without obtaining a US visa.
The ESTA document must be obtained online before your trip to the US. This travel document is valid for 2 years after issue, allows multiple entries to the US and you can stay up to 90 days per visit.
You need US ESTA to transit through the country.
Who is eligible for the USA ESTA?
Citizens from countries under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are eligible for the USA ESTA.
To check if you qualify for the US ESTA, get started on your application now.
What is the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)?
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is administered by the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) and enables eligible citizens or nationals of designated countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of up to 90 days without first obtaining a visa.
Citizens from waiver countries(designated countries) can visit the US without a visa and citizens from the US can visit any waiver county without a visa.
If you what to know more about the designated countries you can read the FAQs below.
What documents do I need to apply for a US ESTA?
We require the following documents to submit your application:
Your passport must be an electronic passport with a digital chip containing bio-metric info and with at least 6 months of validity from the planned date of arrival.
Your passport number and Personal Identification Number (PIN).
Applying with iVisa is easy. It will only take you a few minutes!
How do I apply for the USA ESTA online?
The visa online application process is very easy and fast with iVisa. You’ll just need to follow these three steps and you’ll be done in less than 10 minutes!
Step one: Fill out the visa application form with your personal information. Once you’re done, you can select how fast you want to receive your visa. We have three different speed options.
Step two: Double-check that all the information in the visa application form is correct. We want to avoid any issues with your application. All the details need to match your supporting documents. Once you’re sure everything is correct, you can proceed to pay the visa fee with a credit/debit card or PayPal.
Step three: Upload all the supporting documents and submit your visa application form. Make sure that the scan is clear and has no smudges. That’s it!
After submitting your application, you will receive your ESTA in your email inbox once your application has been approved.
Print out and bring a physical copy of the document on your trip as well as saving a copy to your electronic device. The form must be presented to the US immigration authorities on arrival.
To find out about quarantine rules upon entering the United States, read the FAQs below.
What is the cost to obtain a US ESTA?
The base cost for the US ESTA is USD $21.00. When you apply for iVisa, you get a full service that includes a review of your application to minimize the chance you made any errors. For this, we charge a service fee that depends on how fast you want your US ESTA:
- Standard Processing Time: This option is perfect for those who are on a budget and have booked their trip far in advance.
- Rush Processing Time: If you need your visa a bit quicker, choose this option for an extra fee.
- Super Rush Processing Time: Get your visa in the quickest turnaround time for an express fee.
How long does it take to process my US ESTA application?
It depends on the method of processing time you chose. We offer three options:
- Standard Processing Time: 24 hours
- Rush Processing: 12 hours
- Super Rush Processing: 4 hours
Benefits of applying with iVisa
Application 100% Government Compliant: Our iVisa team will review each one of the answers you give on the form and adjust them to be 100% compliant with the government requirements.
Simplified Form: While on the Embassy website, you will have to answer confusing and tedious questions, at iVisa, you will only have to answer a simplified form with clear questions. It will be like filling out a short survey.
Fill out the form at your own pace: With the iVisa platform, you can fill out the form at your own pace, make changes whenever you want, and save your progress, so you do not have to start from scratch, unlike the embassy website which cuts you off from their website every time you take a break.
iVisa values your safety. That is why we have a solid security system to protect your personal information. We recommend you go over to our reviews section and read what our past customers have said about our services. We’re sure you’ll find them to your liking.
Where can I learn more?
You can always reach out to our outstanding customer support team. They are available every day of the year, to answer any questions you might have about this or any other travel documents. They are incredibly helpful and experts in processing Digital Nomad Visas.
Visit the FAQs below to solve any other questions you may have about this type of travel document.
Required Documents to Apply
- Your passport with at least 6 months of validity from the date of arrival in the US.
The US ESTA is valid for up to 2 years after issued or until the traveler’s passport expires, whichever comes first.
The US ESTA is valid for multiple entries into the U.S. or for multiple connections through the U.S.
You are required to apply for the ESTA if you intend to enter the United States by air, sea, or land under the Visa Waiver Program.
Children need to apply for this travel document as well.
If your ESTA expires while in the US it will not affect your departure.
You will be able to change any itinerary on a current Travel Authorization. ESTA is designed so you can update a valid Travel Authorization.
It is not necessary to have a flight booking or hotel reservation to apply for the US ESTA.
Travelers must obtain a new ESTA authorization if they are issued with a new passport or changes their name, gender, or country of citizenship.
iVisa is a legitimate company, accredited and recognized by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). For more information, see the FAQs below.
NOTE: Receiving ESTA authorization does not mean you may stay in the U.S. for 2 years after issued. It only allows you to travel to the U.S. under the terms of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
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I have a valid visa. Am I required to apply for ESTA?
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