DO I NEED AN ESTA TO TRAVEL FROM THE UK TO THE USA?

DO I NEED AN ESTA TO TRAVEL FROM THE UK TO THE USA?
iVisa | Updated on Feb 04, 2020

The United Kingdom is one of the countries under the US Visa Waiver Program, which means that you're eligible for a US ESTA if you want to travel to the US. In other words, you do need an ESTA to travel to the US if you're traveling from the UK.

However, keep in mind that you must be a British Citizen to apply for this document. Otherwise, the VWP does not apply to you. The ESTA is available online, and iVisa can help you get it in a few hours.

We will show you what requirements you need to proceed with this online authorization.

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Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQs)

Do British citizens need a visa to visit the USA?

"Brits" do not need a visa per sé, what UK citizens need is an ESTA. This is an important document that US Authorities demand. Even if you're part of the “Visa Waiver Program", you still need to apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), before going to the US. To check requirements, click here.

What is a US ESTA?

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is an electronic system that helps authorities determine the eligibility to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), and also whether the traveler poses any law enforcement or security risk. Once finished the application for an ESTA, the traveler is notified of the eligibility to travel to the United States under the VWP.

How long may UK citizens stay in the USA?

You can stay in the US for 90 days Per Entry. However, the ESTA is valid for 2 years after issued.

How many entries am I allowed to have?

Once you get your ESTA, you will have Multiple Entry.

What are the requirements?

To get a US ESTA, you need to fill in an application form, but before you do that, we suggest that you collect everything you need for a smoother application process. The requirements are not challenging at all. Here is the list of what you need:

  • Passport – You must get a valid electronic passport with a digital chip that contains your bio-metric info. At the same time, the passport needs to be valid for at least another 6 months from the date of arrival in the US.

  • E-mail address – The US ESTA arrives via e-mail, which is why you must have a valid e-mail address. Once iVisa sends you the ESTA, do not forget to print out at least one physical copy of the document.

  • Means of payment – The payment must be made during the online application process, which is why you must have a mean of payment. iVisa accepts credit and debit cards, but you can also use PayPal.

What are the processing times and prices for UK citizens?

The processing time you select will determine the total price for your ESTA. As for your processing options, they are as follows:

  • Standard processing – If you choose this option, your request will be processed within just 24 hours. As for the price, you'll only have to pay USD 29.00 (all service fees are included).

  • Rush processing – With this option, your US ESTA will be ready in just 4 hours. In this case, you'll need to pay USD 59.00 (service fees included) for it.

  • Super Rush processing – if you need your visa right away, you can go for this timeframe and get it ready in 30 minutes. However, as you may guess, it will have a higher price. You will be charged USD 79.00 (service fees included).

Click here if you're ready to start your application.

How much time do I need to apply?

It will depend on your skills with application forms, but for your convenience, you don't need to be too skilled for it. We can guarantee that you won't spend more than 20 minutes completing the form.

How can I apply for a ESTA?

When you feel ready to fill in the application form, you will be happy to know that it is quite easy to complete it. In case you need assistance, iVisa has a fantastic customer support. You can contact it via online chat or phone 24/7. The service is free of charge.

The application form has three easy steps to follow:

  1. Step number one requires you to fill in the questionnaire with your personal information such as name, address, e-mail, phone number, and so on. Passport information and travel details are required as well. Plus, you must select a processing time option at this point. As you saw before, you are offered three options, and each of them has its own fee.

  2. Step number two asks you to make the payment and review the information written on the previous step. It is crucial that your application does not contain any mistakes. You cannot correct your form once it reaches the processing stage, and mistakes can invalidate your US ESTA.

  3. In the last step, iVisa asks you to upload other supporting documents for your application. Once you are through, you can hit the submit button and all that is left for you is to wait for your ESTA in the timeframe you selected.

Do my kids need to apply for their own US ESTA?

Yes, they do. Every child (regardless of the age) requires to own an ESTA before traveling to the U.S. Children listed on their parents' passport don't qualify for this document. In other words, children must have their own (unexpired) passport in order to qualify for an ESTA.

How can I apply for my family members or friends?

In iVisa you have the chance to apply for family members or even friends. Just make sure to have all the required documents (you can see them above).

If you are applying for only one friend or relative, just apply here writing their data. In case you have to apply for more than one person, then you can do it by clicking on ‘Add new applicant’ in the application form and completing the information required.

What can I do if I make a mistake ?

It depends on when you realized you commited the mistake. If you saw this mistake when entering your data online, then you can contact our customer service representatives as soon as possible.

But on the contrary, if we already issued your application, then you can NOT make any changes and you will have to apply once more. Keep in mind that we will NOT charge you another service fee.

Is it safe to use iVisa's services?

People often believe that online information can leak easily and put their personal info is at risk. However, that is not the case with iVisa. In iVisa you receive maximum safety for your personal data, and also a lot of investment in the security of a modern database. Your personal information could not be safer. You can check what thousands of glad customers say about us here.

How does an ESTA look like?

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I have more unresolved questions, where can I read more info?

For a better and quicker resolution, you can click here and start chatting with one of our customer service agents. As another option, you can find more info and FAQs here.

So, to answer your question, you do need an ESTA to travel from the UK to the USA, but only if you are a British citizen and you do not plan to stay in the US for more than 90 days. The US ESTA is valid for up to 2 years, and you can use it multiple times. Get ready for your trip today!

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