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FAQ

Travelers frequently have questions about the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). This page provides additional information to answer these queries and guide potential visitors to the US through the application process.

See below a list of ESTA FAQs dealing with general information, ESTA applications and the online form, the status of an application, and who requires this travel authorization to visit the US.

ESTA Application Process

Find the answers to frequently asked questions about the ESTA application process below. This includes information about how to fix mistakes on applications that have already been submitted, questions about eligibility and being denied an ESTA, as well as clarification regarding deadlines.

I forgot to apply for an ESTA. What can I do? Will my ESTA USA be denied if I leave a mandatory field blank? I’ve already submitted my application for a Travel Authorization, but I made a mistake. How can I fix it? What can make my ESTA application ineligible? When should I make the ESTA application?

ESTA Information

The most frequent ESTA questions are listed below. These include information about what the ESTA actually is, how to apply for an ESTA with a new passport, and whether American citizens need an ESTA. This section covers the Visa Waiver Program, eligibility issues, and other advantages of the ESTA.

Do I have to apply for a new ESTA if I have a new passport? Do I need an ESTA if I am a US citizen? What is ESTA? Who needs to apply for ESTA? What is the Visa Waiver Program? Is my personal data being protected? How long is an ESTA valid for? Can I apply for ESTA without travel plans? Am I guaranteed to enter the US if I have been granted an ESTA? What advantages does the ESTA for the USA provide?

ESTA Status

These FAQs cover information on the status of an individual’s ESTA. Find out what application statuses mean and how to check the validity of your ESTA before embarking on a journey to America.

Why is my ESTA application pending? Is my ESTA still valid?

Other USA Visas

Travelers often have questions about US visas and which travel requirements they must obtain. Find out below if you need an ESTA with a B1 or B2 visa and if the Visa Waiver Program affects you. Also, learn the difference between an ESTA and a traditional visa and whether or not you’ll need an I-94W form.

I am a holder of a valid B1/B2 visa. Do I need to apply for ESTA USA? Can I still apply for the ESTA if I am not a citizen from a country that is part of the Visa Waiver Program? Am I still required to complete the Green Form I-94W if I have an ESTA? What is the difference between the ESTA and a visa?

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