Many German citizens have traveled to the US for business or for pleasure. If you aren’t one of them, or if you haven’t traveled there recently, you may be wondering about the simplified protocols for getting a visa to enter the United States. Most travelers (those without current paper visas), will need an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) to board a US-bound flight and will need to present it to customs upon arrival. There are more details you are likely wondering about which will be covered in the following “frequently asked questions” section below.
Yes, but an actual paper visa obtained from a US Embassy is not required. German Citizens qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program which allows citizens of many countries to avoid more arduous processes.
The duration of a single visit on an ESTA is limited to 90 days. However, the ESTA will permit multiple entries during its 2-year period of validity – if none of those individual visits exceed 90 days. It is, however, important to know that your reasons for visiting must be related to business or tourism. Visas for students or employment seekers are still issued through the US embassy and require much more information from the applicant to ensure qualification.
The ESTA application fee totals $29 USD. $14 of which is for the US Government fee and $15 of which is for the iVisa service fee. This fee is charged whether you are applying as individuals or as part of a group.
Potential German visitors to the US must have a valid German electronic passport. You must also have either a visa or an ESTA. Valid visas issued by a US embassy are one way of meeting this need and superseding the ESTA. You need to qualify for an ESTA if you do not have a valid visa.
It depends a bit on how the traveler chooses to complete the process. The US Customs website allows applicants to apply moderately quickly and check on the status of an existing application. However, some individuals find the official government site to be a bit cumbersome, thus extending the time commitment. The other option available is to apply through the simpler, and faster, iVisa process.
As mentioned above, one option is to apply through the US Custom and Border Protection website. You can also apply more expediently through iVisa. Either way, you must have a valid method of payment ready as well as your passport and some personal data. iVisa offers both credit/debit and Paypal payment options to increase convenience.
German Citizens can click here to apply for their US ESTA through iVisa. We offer 24/7 support via chat and phone if you find that you have any questions. iVisa simplifies applying for and receiving your US ESTA, and that ease of use is reflected in our customer reviews. We pride ourselves on our superior service and know you will be happy with the process of getting your ESTA through iVisa. However, we don’t expect you to take only our word for it, so we point potential customers in the direction of our 9.5 ‘Excellent’ rating from over 1800 reviewers on Trustpilot. Our 24-hour support is legendary, and we look forward meeting or exceeding your needs.