Is my ESTA still valid?

If you wish to travel to the United States, perhaps you should check if your ESTA is still valid. If you recently renewed your passport, you need to apply for a new ESTA before visiting the United States.

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization, commonly known as the ESTA, is a program that was designed to strengthen security and improve immigration checks upon arrival. Therefore, it is very important that travelers from visa exempt countries have a valid ESTA upon arrival in the United States.

The ESTA validity period of 2 consecutive years allows multiple entries. You can easily check the validity of your ESTA before traveling to the U.S. and avoid any issues when you arrive. Not having a valid ESTA upon arrival could result in entry denial.

The ESTA validity period multiple entry will begin the day it was issued and it can be used for two years or until the expiration of your passport, whichever comes first. During the validity period of your ESTA you may enter the United States for multiple times given that each stay does not exceed the 90-day period.

The US ESTA can be used for tourism purposes, medical treatment, family visits and business. All individuals who are citizens from Visa Waiver Countries are required to apply online and obtain the ESTA to visit the US.


How to know if an ESTA is Still Valid?

Checking if the ESTA is still valid is a simple process. 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 If your passport has expired, your ESTA is no longer valid.

How can I check if my ESTA is still valid?

Check if your ESTA is still valid and revise the date in which it was approved. The ESTA validity period for multiple entry begins on the day the ESTA was issued. By clicking on the link on this paragraph you will be able to check the status of your ESTA and verify the issuing date, the expiration date, and revise the information you provided when you applied for the ESTA through this site.

Should you change your passport or any other data that cannot be modified (here you can read about the data that can be edited), your ESTA will no longer be valid.

Please note that new rules were implemented in 2016 regarding ESTA validity. If you are national of a VWP country and are also citizen of either Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria you will no longer be eligible for the Visa Waiver Program.

Furthermore, if your are from a VWP country and have been present in or traveled to Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan on the 1st of March 2011 or after, you 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 during your stay, you will not have any issues when returning to your home country or country of residence.

When to renew your ESTA

If your ESTA has expired, you have to reapply for a new authorization and submit an application before your trip to the U.S. Authorizations cannot be extended.

Follow the instructions, provide the details requested by the ESTA application form, and answer all the required questions with honesty. Submit the ESTA just like your did the first time you applied.

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

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