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ESTA for Dutch Citizens

Dutch citizens must receive prior authorization from the US government before visiting the United States of America.

Nationals from the Netherlands planning to visit the USA for up to 90 days can apply for the ESTA for Dutch citizens.

ESTA is a visa waiver that replaces a traditional visa and is short for Electronic System for Travel Authorization.

ESTA Netherlands allows Dutch citizens to take short trips to the USA for any of the following travel purposes:

  • Tourism
  • Business
  • Transit

Dutch citizens can visit the USA multiple times during the 90-day period without having to apply for ESTA from the Netherlands each time.

Can Dutch Citizens Apply for ESTA?

Yes, the Netherlands is among 39 countries covered by the Visa Waiver Program, making its citizens eligible to apply for ESTA from the Netherlands.

ESTA Eligibility Requirements from the Netherlands

To be eligible to apply for ESTA from the Netherlands, Dutch citizens must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Possess a valid Dutch passport that contains an electronic chip and is machine-readable

Please note that the following conditions render a Dutch citizen ineligible to apply for ESTA from the Netherlands. However, they may still apply for other visas for the United States of America:

  • Holding a criminal records
  • Having a serious infectious disease which could potentially create a public health risk in the USA
  • Having been previously been turned away at a United States port of entry, been deported by US authorities, or stayed in America for longer than the 90-day period on ESTA
  • Anyone who has traveled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria on or after March 1, 2011

Please note that babies, children, teenagers, or other Dutch minors traveling to the United States must obtain their own ESTA for Dutch citizens, even if they travel with a parent or guardian.

When Should Citizens of the Netherlands Apply for ESTA?

Dutch citizens should apply for ESTA for the Netherlands for all trips of 90 days or shorter in duration, including layovers and transit connections through the United States.

The ESTA application for Dutch citizens can be completed online in just a few minutes. The convenient easy-to-use form is accessible from anywhere with an internet connection.

It takes roughly 10 minutes per person to apply for an ESTA from the Netherlands.

The majority of ESTA applications from the Netherlands are approved instantly. However, US Customs and Border Patrol may take up to 3 days to approve an ESTA for Dutch Citizens. Therefore, it is strongly advised to apply for an ESTA no later than 72 hours before departing for the United States.

For a Dutch ESTA application to be successful, it is important to make sure that:

  • All the information entered is correct, particularly passport details
  • All questions are answered truthfully
  • All details are double-checked before submitting
  • A valid email address has been provided

Please note that the ESTA application for Dutch citizens also requires payment of a processing fee in order to be submitted.

Once it has been submitted has been made, the applicant can check the status of their ESTA application from the Netherlands anytime to verify the issue date, expiry date, and applicant details on file.

ESTA Netherlands is valid for 2 years once issued and can be used at any stage during that period, so long as the passport submitted for the ESTA remains valid. Should the associated passport expire before the 2-year validity runs out, the ESTA for Dutch citizens will also expire, and travelers will have to apply for another ESTA using the details of their new Netherlands passport.

When Should Dutch Citizens Apply for a Regular Visa?

Any Dutch citizen who is ineligible to apply for ESTA from the Netherlands or who has their application refused can instead apply for a US tourist visa.

There are 2 types of US tourist visa:

  • A US Travel or Visitor Visa (B2 visa) issued to applicants visiting for the purposes of leisure or tourism
  • A US Business Visa (B1 visa) issued to applicants for business purposes, including traveling to attend conferences, events, meetings, etc.

These visas are considered non-immigrant visas and applications for them must be submitted at a US embassy or consulate.

Information About Traveling to the US from the Netherlands

Dutch citizens applying for an ESTA Netherlands should be aware that ESTA is considered a pre-screening evaluation that authorizes the bearer to travel to the United States.

The final decision on whether an ESTA Netherlands holder is admitted into the country, however, rests with US Customs and Border Protection at the port of entry.

Please note that most bearers of ESTA for Dutch citizens do not encounter any type of difficulty when entering the country.

It is recommended that Dutch citizens take out health insurance before their trip. Should they be covered by their pre-existing insurance policy, it is advisable to bring the necessary documents relating to their medical insurance when traveling to the USA.

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