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USA ETA Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay the US ESTA on arrival?

No, you can ONLY pay before you arrive. Note that you will need the proof of payment of the ETSA to board your flight.

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Is Yellow Fever vaccine required to visit the USA?

There is no current risks for Yellow Fever in the USA.

When will I have to re-apply for the US ESTA?

The US ESTA approvals will in general be granted for a period of 2 (two) years or until the applicant's passport expires, whichever one is sooner. Your US ESTA will show the validity dates.

So remember that you must apply for a new ETA when your previous ESTA expired or when you have a new passport.

How long will the ESTA be valid for?

The ETA is valid for two years from the date of authorization, or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.

How does an US ESTA look like ?

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What are the passport requirements for the ETA?

Visa Waiver Program requirements are:

  • The passport must be an electronic passport with a digital chip containing bio-metric info.
  • Taiwan [1] passport holders must provide Passport Number and Personal Identification Number (PIN).

[1] With respect to all references to "country" or "countries" in this document, it should be noted that the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, Pub. L. No. 96-8, Section 4(b)(1), provides that "[w]henever the laws of the United States refer or relate to foreign countries, nations, states, governments, or similar entities, such terms shall include and such laws shall apply with respect to Taiwan." 22 U.S.C. § 3303(b)(1). Accordingly, all references to "country" or "countries" in the Visa Waiver Program authorizing legislation, Section 217 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1187, are read to include Taiwan. This is consistent with the United States' one-China policy, under which the United States has maintained unofficial relations with Taiwan since 1979.

When must I obtain a visa to travel to the USA?

  • If you will arrive in the USA aboard an air carrier.
  • If you will visit the USA for more than 90 days.
  • If you are traveling to the USA for a purpose other than short-term tourism or business.

What are the costs associated with the ETA application?

The processing fee is $4 + $10 for the Authorization Fee + the iVIsa Service Fee..

Please note that when your ETA is denied, then you will only be charged the processing and service fee.

When will I get an answer regarding my ETA approval?

The ETA approval will take 24 hours (One Business Day)

If your case needs more processing then an answer will be returned within 72 hours.

Does the ETA guarantee admission into the USA?

If ETA is approved, it only states that you are eligible to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, but does not guarantee that you are admissible to the United States.

Upon arrival in the USA you will be inspected by an Immigration officer who will determine that you are inadmissible under the Visa Waiver Program or for any reason under United States law.

Who is eligible for the ETA?

Citizen/nationals of one of the countries can apply for the ETA Visa Waiver Program:

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Chile
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Malta
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan[1]
  • United Kingdom

What is the difference between the ESTA and a Visa?

An ETA is not a visa. Individuals who possess a valid visa will still be able to travel to the United States on that visa for the purpose for which it was issued. Individuals traveling on valid visas are not required to apply for a travel authorization.

Training USA ESTA

STEP 1

Go to US government website

STEP 2

Click on APPLY and then on Individual Application

Click CONFIRM AND CONTINUE

STEP 3

Check the box - Yes, I have read and understand the information and agree to these terms.


Check box - Yes, I have read and understand the information and agree to these terms.

Click NEXT

STEP 4

APPLICANT / PASSPORT INFORMATION GIVEN (FIRST) NAME FAMILY NAME

GENDER - Select Male/Female

Select YES/NO - Are you known by any other names or aliases? - SELECT NO

DATE OF BIRTH

CITY OF BIRTH

COUNTRY OF BIRTH

PASSPORT NO

COUNTRY OF CITIZENSHIP

ISSUANCE DATE

ISSUING COUNTRY

EXPIRATION DATE

OTHER CITIZENSHIP Select YES/NO - Are you a citizen of any other country? - If Yes - Enter the COUNTRY OF CITIZENSHIP PARENTS PARENTS - MOTHER:

GIVEN (FIRST) NAME

FAMILY NAME

PARENTS - FATHER:

GIVEN (FIRST) NAME

FAMILY NAME

YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION

ADDRESS - Collins Ave

CITY - Sunny Isles Beach

STATE/PROVINCE/REGION - FL

COUNTRY - USA

TELEPHONE TYPE - Home/Work/Mobile/Other

COUNTRY CODE + PHONE

EMAIL ADDRESS: iVisa??

EMAIL ADDRESS: iVisa??

EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

Select YES/NO - Do you have a current or previous employer? - SELECT YES?No JOB TITLE - Leave open

EMPLOYER NAME

ADDRESS

CITY

STATE/PROVINCE/REGION

COUNTRY

COUNTRY CODE + PHONE

Click NEXT

STEP 5

Is your travel to the US occurring in transit to another country?

U.S. POINT OF CONTACT INFORMATION NAME - Applicant Name

ADDRESS - Collins Ave

CITY - Sunny Isle Beach

STATE - FL

PHONE NO - Applicant's Phone No

ADDRESS WHILE IN THE U.S. Check box if its the same as above.

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION IN OR OUT OF THE U.S.

FAMILY NAME - Use Applicant Details

GIVEN NAME - Use Applicant Details

EMAIL ADDRESS: (GIVEN BY CUSTOMER) - Use Applicant Details

COUNTRY CODE + PHONE - Use Applicant Details

Click on NEXT

STEP 6

ELIGIBILITY QUESTIONS

ANSWER NO on all these questions

Check the box - CERTIFICATION

Click NEXT

STEP 7

CONFIRM ALL THE DATA

Re-Enter the customer's Passport no, DOB and Country of Issuance

Click on Next

STEP 8

COMPLETE PAYMENT

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