Is my ESTA still valid?

Foreign nationals who wish to travel to the United States again should check if their ESTA is still valid.

The ESTA is electronically linked to the passport that was registered in the original application. Individuals who have renewed their passport since their last visit will need to apply for a new ESTA before visiting the United States. The same is true of anyone whose passport used for the original ESTA registration has been lost, stolen, or damaged.

The ESTA has a validity period of 2 consecutive years and allows multiple entries.

Travelers can easily check the validity of their ESTA before traveling to the US and avoid any issues upon arrival. Not having a valid ESTA upon arrival could result in entry being denied, as it is a requirement for citizens of countries in the Visa Waiver Program.

The US ESTA can be used for tourism purposes, family visits, and business trips.

 

How to know if an ESTA is still valid?

The ESTA validity period begins on the day that it was approved, and ends two years later or when the ESTA holder’s passport has expired. If the traveler’s passport has expired or has been replaced for any other reason, the ESTA is no longer valid.

How can I check if my ESTA is still valid?

The ESTA validity period for multiple entries begins on the day the ESTA was issued. It is possible to check the status of your ESTA and verify the issuing date, the expiration date, and revise the information provided in the ESTA application through this site.

In the event that the traveler’s passport has been replaced since applying, the ESTA will no longer be valid.

In 2016, new rules were implemented regarding ESTA validity. Nationals of VWP countries who are are also citizens of either Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria are no longer eligible for the Visa Waiver Program.

Furthermore, citizens of a VWP country who have traveled to Iran, Iraq, Syria, or Sudan since the 1st of March 2011 will no longer be eligible for the visa waiver. However, exceptions may apply to these changes. Learn more about the new rules for the Visa Waiver Program.

If your ESTA is no longer valid, fill in a new ESTA application form and submit it easily here. Remember that the ESTA must be valid upon entry in the United States, but if it expires while in the country, there will not be any issues when returning to your home country or country of residence.

When to renew your ESTA

If an ESTA has expired, the traveler has to reapply. The application for a new authorization must be submitted before the trip to the US. The ESTA cannot be extended.

Travelers should follow the instructions, provide the details requested by the ESTA application form, and answer all the required questions accurately.

Travelers are advised to print a copy of their ESTA, as some airlines might require the printout upon check-in. It is not obligatory to print out the ESTA, as immigration officers have the information electronically.

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