Those planning to travel to the United States will want to apply for an ESTA, if applicable. If you’re going to America, whether by sea or air, then the chances are you’ll need an ESTA. If you want to learn more about this, then continue to read the rest of this article.
Who Needs An ESTA
In short, most people coming to the United States, unless they are traveling to the country via land, need an ESTA. If you’re entering America through Canada/Mexico and it’s via land, then you don’t need to apply for an ESTA. You need to apply for one if you arrive via air or sea otherwise you might be refused entry at the border.
How To Apply For An ESTA
You apply for the ESTA visa online. The application form is short and asks a few basic questions about yourself. After you have filled out the online form, you submit it and wait to find out if it has been approved.
What Do You Need
When applying for an ESTA, you will need to have a valid passport. The passport needs to be from a country that is part of the Visa Waiver Program. There’s a fee you have to pay, which is $14 per ESTA application. The fee can be paid via credit card, debit card or PayPal.
If you’re approved for an ESTA, then it will remain valid for up to two years. After this, you will have to reapply for an ESTA and pay the fee again. Generally speaking, most people are approved for an ESTA and applications take under 10 minutes.
Applying for an ESTA is fast and easy, but being approved does not guarantee entry into the USA. It’s a good idea to apply for an ESTA weeks in advance. This is to be on the safe side.