I forgot to apply for an ESTA. What can I do?

Are you traveling to the U.S. but you still don’t have the ESTA? If you forgot to apply for an ESTA you can quickly obtain your travel authorization by completing the ESTA application with your personal information and passport details. Most ESTA applications will be processed within minutes, however, in some cases an ESTA application can take up to 72 hours to be approved.

Keep in mind that if you are citizen of one of the 39 countries in the Visa Waiver Program you are required to have a valid ESTA upon arrival in the United States. Without an approved ESTA you will be denied entry to the country.

To successfully obtain your ESTA for the US you will need to meet the following ESTA requirements:

Without a valid passport, you will not be able to get your ESTA to travel to the U.S. Before booking a trip, check the validity of your passport. You need to provide an email address in order to receive a notification once your ESTA is approved. It is not obligatory to print an approved ESTA before traveling to the U.S. as the ESTA is electronically linked to your passport. With that said, some people do print a copy of their ESTA to carry with them.

You can get your last minute ESTA by completing our online application form. When completing your details make sure that they match those of your passport. You should apply for an ESTA with the passport you intend to use to travel to the United States.

The ESTA form will require that you chose the purpose of your trip, which can be Tourism, Business or Transit to another country. An ESTA does not grant its holder the right to work, study or live in the U.S.

When completing your last minute ESTA you will need to answer important security questions. You are advised to answer all questions accurately and honestly. Travelers who have been arrested or have criminal records are not eligible to receive an ESTA.

If you forgot to obtain your ESTA, you can still apply for this electronic authorization through our application form. You will receive a response within 72 hours.

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