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Traveling to America on an ESTA

Traveling to America on an ESTA
iVisa | Updated on Feb 01, 2019

Planning a trip to the United States could mean more than booking a flight and finding accommodation for your vacation. It could also mean that you must obtain the proper documentation to cross its borders. Most nationalities are required to visit the nearest US embassy to get a visa, but for some people, traveling to America involves just an ESTA. We are referring to people who travel by air or by sea under the US Visa Waiver Program. There are 38 countries in the program.

To find out if you can travel under the VWP as well, all you need is iVisa’s Visa Checker. You can find it on iVisa’s Homepage. Access the feature, select your country of origin from the drag-down menu on the left and choose the United States in the menu on the right. In case you are eligible, you can apply. If not, all we can provide is a list of the nearest embassies where you can go and apply for a US visa.

How to obtain a US ESTA when traveling to America

A US ESTAis available online, so you do not have to go anywhere to get it. iVisa can help with the application process, and you can obtain your ESTA in as little as 6 hours. What you need to do is to fill in an application form. However, before you do that, make sure you have the following:

  • Passport – you must hold 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 United States.

  • E-mail address – the US ESTA arrives via e-mail, which is why you must have a valid e-mail address to which you have access. 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 method of online payment. iVisa accepts credit and debit cards, but you can also use PayPal, Alipay, or WeChat; whichever you find most convenient.

The application form consists of three steps, but you should not spend more than 20 minutes on it. Plus, iVisa has an excellent support service if you need help along the way. The service is free of charge and available non-stop via online chat and phone.

The first step asks for your personal information, travel details, and passport info, but you must also select a processing time for your application. Keep in mind that the sooner you want your US ESTA, the more you are charged. The second step consists of payment and revision, while the third asks you to upload supporting documents. Once you are done with all three steps, all that is left to do is to submit the application and wait for your US ESTA to arrive in your e-mail inbox. iVisa takes care of the rest.

The bottom line is that traveling to America on an ESTA is possible, but you need to be eligible for such a document. Otherwise, you need to go to a US embassy. The ESTA can be used for tourism, business, and medical purposes. It is valid for 2 years since the date of issue or until the passport expires, whichever comes up first. You can use it for multiple entries, and each entry allows you to stay in the US for no more than 90 days.

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