The rules regarding who needs or does not need an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) to visit the United States can certainly be confusing.
The American ESTA program currently allows the citizens of the 38 countries that form the Visa Waiver Program to enter the U.S. by simply filling out an ESTA registration form. Approved applicants receive their travel authorizations via email and can print them out and travel to the United States.
But what about Singaporeans? Is there an ESTA for Singaporeans?
Because Singapore is part of the Visa Waiver Program, Singaporeans may fill out the ESTA application for Singapore citizens. This means that there is a visa waiver for Singaporeans: they do not have to apply for a traditional visa to visit the United States and can instead receive their travel authorization via email. They will thus save the time and hassle of having to apply for a traditional visa and picking it up at a U.S. embassy.
The ESTA application for Singapore follows the same general process as the ESTA application for other countries. Besides the normal ESTA visa requirements – which include being a member of the Visa Waiver Program, having a biometric passport, and having an approved reason for travel – travelers will also have to answer standard security questions. These might include questions regarding your background, employment, and criminal history.
Once approved, the applicant will receive their travel authorization in their inbox.
If the applicant is denied an ESTA, however, there are other options. The primary alternative option would be to apply for a traditional B2 visitor visa. The application process, requirements, and fees are different than what is currently in place for ESTA so it’s recommended that you become familiar with the requisite information you’ll have to provide.
Traveling to the U.S. from Singapore can be relatively simple if you follow the right steps and submit the correct documentation on time.