Hungarian Citizens qualify for a simplified US travel document known as an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization). This is because Hungary belongs to a group of countries whose citizens are not generally considered to be a security risk to the United States. The best part of this ESTA, is that you can apply online for it.
However, even this simplified process can be confusing, so we have put together a list of frequently asked questions for Hungarians seeking to travel to the US with an ESTA.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do Hungarians Need a Visa to Visit the USA?
Yes, they need travel documents, but an actual paper visa obtained from a US Embassy is not required. Since Hungarian citizens qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, they can get the simple, straightforward ESTA and avoid the more arduous process of getting a visa through a US Embassy.
What is an ESTA for Hungarians?
The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is an automated system that allows determined travelers to enter the US under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
How Long May Hungarian Citizens Stay in the USA?
A single visit on an ESTA is limited to 90 days Per Entry. However, the ESTA will permit Multiple Entry during its 2 years after issued period of validity - provided none of those individual visits exceed 90 days. Your reasons for visiting must be related to business or tourism as visas for employment seekers, students, or persons looking to emigrate to the US permanently are still issued through the US embassy. These types of visas naturally require much more information from the applicant.
What are the requirements for Hungarians?
Potential Hungarian passport holders headed to the US must have a valid electronic passport that is not near expiration. They must also have either a visa or an ESTA. Valid visas issued by a US embassy supersede the ESTA. Therefore, if you have a valid US visa, you do not currently need to qualify for an ESTA. If you do not have a valid visa, you do need to qualify for an ESTA.
To give you a short check-list, these are the requirements that you need:
- Passport with a digital chip containing bio-metric info and at least a 6-month validity from the planned date of entry.
- Passport number and Personal Identification Number (PIN).
- E-mail address
- Debit/Credit Card or Paypal account
What are the processing times and prices for the ESTA if I'm Hungarian?
iVisa has three options to get an ESTA online, each one of them is made according to how soon you want your ESTA:
- Standard – This option is the cheapest and the slowest, but not that much. You receive your ESTA in 24 hours, so basically is just one day. It costs USD 29.00.
- Rush processing – this time, your ESTA arrives even faster, in 4 hours, but you will be charged USD 59.00.
- Super Rush processing – It only takes 30 minutes for your application to be processed. As you can guess, the fee is much higher. USD 79.00 being more precise.
How Long Does It Take to Get an ESTA?
The application process through the US customs website is moderately straightforward, but no additional guidance is provided for travelers who are uncertain about the process. If you choose iVisa to process your application for an ESTA, you can expect less than 20 minutes to complete it and then just wait for the response in less than a day if you prefer.
How is the Application Form and Process for Hungarians?
As mentioned above, you can apply via the US Custom and Border Protection website, but there will be little support available to make sure that the process goes smoothly.
You can also apply more quickly through iVisa. Either way, you must have your passport and payment ready as well as some personal data. Remember that iVisa offers both credit/debit card and Paypal payment options.
If you choose iVisa, these are the steps to follow:
First, you have to answer some basic personal info questions and some details about your trip. It is at this point when you must select a processing time as well.
Second, You proceed with the method of payment and revision. You need to be very careful with this part since corrections are impossible to make once your application reaches the processing stage.
How many times can I go to the US with my ESTA?
You have Multiple Entry, so you can enter the country more than once as long as your documents are valid.
Do my children have to apply for this ESTA too?
Yes, they do. Every child, regardless of their age, requires an ESTA prior to their travel to the United States. Keep in mind that your children require the same documents as you, including a valid passport.
How soon should I apply for an ESTA?
You can apply basically whenever you want before traveling to the US, but we recommend you to do it when you feel sure about going to this country.
What happens if my ESTA is denied?
In that case, you can apply for a B-2 Tourist Visa.
If I have dual citizenship. Am I still eligible for a US ESTA?
If you're part of the VWP, but you're also a national of Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syrian, then you can't apply for an ESTA.
And it's also the same if you have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen on or after March 1, 2011. In other words, you can't apply for an ESTA in that case either.
How can I know if my ESTA is approved?
After applying online for your ESTA, we'll let you know by e-mail when the US Government approves it and you'll be ready to enter the country.
How safe is to apply for an ESTA online?
It depends on the page you decide to do it, but if you choose iVisa, we can guarantee you that your information will be completely safe.
We have professionals that have been issuing ESTAs since 2013. We also invest a lot in the security of our database, that's why your personal information won't suffer anything. You can check what hundreds of happy customers say about us in this link.
I still have some questions, where can I find more information about the ESTA?
Hungarian citizens can click here to apply for the ESTA using iVisa. But in case you still find any questions or concerns during the application process or even before, then you can contact us and we'll be happy to assist you. You can also review more information about this document in this link.
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