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The ESTA visa waiver is an electronic travel authorization required by the United States to enter the country. Citizens from over 30 countries in the Visa Waiver Program must obtain an ESTA to travel to the U.S. Once the traveler has applied for their travel authorization they are able to check the ESTA status before their trip.

Further information about the ESTA status check and the ESTA renewal are described below.

Important: Please note that it is only possible to check the status of your ESTA if you applied and completed the application through this website.

Why Do You Have to Check the ESTA Status?

Citizens of countries in the Visa Waiver Program must have a valid ESTA upon arrival in the United States. Each traveler should check their ESTA status to know if their ESTA visa waiver is valid prior to their trip.

Without an ESTA, foreign nationals from eligible countries will not be granted entry to the U.S. It is important that all ESTA holders are aware of their ESTA expiration date.

If travelers are not sure about their ESTA expiration date, they are advised to check the date when their ESTA was first approved. An ESTA is valid for 2 years from the date it was issued, or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.

When visiting the United States it is essential that ESTA holders do not overstay the maximum amount of days granted. An individual with an overstayed visa waiver program might have issues returning to the country.

Travelers who hold a valid ESTA should not overstay as they might not be able to obtain an ESTA in the future. Foreign nationals who cannot obtain an ESTA must apply for a US tourist visa at an embassy or consulate.

How To Check the ESTA Status?

Applicants who wish to check their ESTA status can do so by clicking the green button below. To check the status of their ESTA through this website, travelers will need to provide us with the following:

  • Full name
  • Country passport
  • Your passport number
  • Your email address

With this information, we will be able to check the ESTA status and email the applicant the details of their current status.

If the ESTA has expired, it is necessary to apply for a new ESTA. It will always be necessary to get a new ESTA if the current one is no longer valid.

If any of the following circumstances apply, the traveler must apply for a new ESTA:

  • They have a new passport. The ESTA is electronically linked to the applicant’s passport, therefore, if they have a new passport, their current ESTA is no longer valid to travel to the United States
  • They have legally changed their name. The information on the passport must always match the information on the ESTA
  • They have changed their gender
  • They have changed their country of citizenship
  • They have changed the country where they live
  • They have changed their response to any of the nine mandatory questions answered when applying

Travelers can check the ESTA status in order to:

  • Verify the issue date
  • Verify the ESTA expiration date
  • Verify the provided information is correct

Note: It is only possible to complete the check if a traveler has obtained their ESTA travel authorization through this website.

How to Check the Validity of the ESTA?

Travelers can check if their ESTA is still valid at any time. ESTA holders are advised to follow the instructions indicated in this article to find out several details about their ESTA status. If an ESTA is no longer valid, international visitors should apply for the ESTA prior to their trip. ESTA applications are normally processed within 24 hours, though they may take up to 72 hours.

In some cases, a traveler’s application might show that the ESTA authorization is pending. In the case that the ESTA is on Pending Status it means that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is reviewing the details provided on the application form. The ESTA authorization pending status generally does not last longer than 72 hours. This is why we highly recommend all travelers to apply at least three days in advance.

We also advise checking the ESTA status when traveling through the U.S. to reach a different destination. The ESTA transit visa waiver is a requirement for citizens of the countries in the VWP.

How to check the ESTA expiry date?

In order to check the ESTA expiry date, the traveler can simply revise the date in which the ESTA was approved. The travel authorization will be valid for 2 years from the date the travel authorization was granted or until the passport expires, whichever occurs first.

If an ESTA holder is not sure when their ESTA was approved, they may check their ESTA status by clicking the green button.

All travelers must be aware that even if their ESTA hasn’t reached the two-year limit if their passport has expired they can no longer use that ESTA to travel to the U.S. An ESTA renewal is not possible. Instead of renewing an ESTA, foreign citizens must fill out a new ESTA application form. Once approved, it will be electronically linked to the traveler’s passport.

Verify the ESTA Status

To verify the ESTA status applicants may contact us with their personal details and passport information. We will respond to these requests providing ESTA status info and the expiration date of said ESTA.

ESTA holders should provide us with the email address used to complete their ESTA application. Travelers are advised to verify their ESTA status before traveling to the United States.

Do I Need to Wait for My ESTA to Expire to Re-Apply?

Foreign visitors who already have an ESTA do not have to wait until their visa waiver expires to re-apply. International travelers from eligible countries may apply for the ESTA any time before or after the expiration date their your existing ESTA.

Do I Need a New ESTA for Each Trip?

Foreign nationals who wish to visit the US do not need a new ESTA for each trip to the United States. Once an ESTA has been approved, it is valid for 2 consecutive years and grants its holder multiple short-term trips to the U.S. The ESTA should be renewed if it has expired or if the traveler’s passport is no longer valid. Before renewing the ESTA, travelers should check their ESTA status. The ESTA must always be valid upon arrival to the United States. If the ESTA expires during a visitor’s stay, they will still be able to return to their country of residence.

To renew ESTA with a new passport applicants need to complete an ESTA renewal application form. Travelers should keep in mind that an ESTA extension does not exist, in other words, an ESTA cannot be extended. Once it expires, travelers are required to renew the ESTA by completing a new online form.

ESTA Validity: How Long Is an ESTA Valid For?

An ESTA authorization is valid for multiple trips over a period of two years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. Foreign visitors should revise the ESTA validity period before boarding a plane to the U.S.

Important note: Travelers are not required to print their ESTA Travel Authorization in order to enter the United States, as the border control has an electronic confirmation of all the required documentation. It is recommended to have a printed copy of the approved ESTA Authorization when traveling to the United States since some airlines may require it to verify the eligible entry into the U.S., before allowing passengers to board the plane.

Can the ESTA Be Renewed?

An ESTA cannot be renewed. A new travel authorization must be obtained before traveling to the United States.

Eligible citizens should complete a new ESTA application. When applying for the ESTA, the applicant is able to specify in the form that they have already applied for an ESTA in the past.

ESTA renewal process

Once a travel authorization has expired, an ESTA renewal is required. Foreign visitors with an expired ESTA must fill out and ESTA renewal application form with their personal information and passport details.

A new ESTA must also be obtained if any personal information has changed. As previously stated, international travelers must apply for a new ESTA if their name, gender or citizenship have changed. Travelers may always make an ESTA check to view the status and validity of their ESTA travel authorization.

If there are any doubts or queries regarding the status of an ESTA travel authorization, the renewal process, or anything else related to ESTA, please contact us.

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