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Apply for ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) – United States

International Travellers travelling to United Stated who hold the below country passports will fall under Visa Waiver Program.

Nationals of Visa Waiver Program does not require visa to United States but will need to obtain Approval on Travel Authorization before they travel to United States which are granted by US Customs and Border Protection

Czech RepublicDenmarkEstoniaFinlandFranceGermany
New ZealandNorwayPortugalRepublic of MaltaSan MarinoSingapore
SlovakiaSloveniaSouth KoreaSpainSwedenSwitzerland
Taiwan [1]United Kingdom
[1] With respect to all references to "country" or "countries" in this document, it should be noted that the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, Pub. L. No. 96-8, Section 4(b)(1), provides that "[w]henever the laws of the United States refer or relate to foreign countries, nations, states, governments, or similar entities, such terms shall include and such laws shall apply with respect to Taiwan." 22 U.S.C. § 3303(b)(1). Accordingly, all references to "country" or "countries" in the Visa Waiver Program authorizing legislation, Section 217 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1187, are read to include Taiwan. This is consistent with the United States' one-China policy, under which the United States has maintained unofficial relations with Taiwan since 1979.



To apply for Electronic Authorisation the following criteria should be mandate for any applicant.

  • Applicant should be the citizen of the above-mentioned Nationality of the Visa Waiver Program
  • Applicant should not possess any visitor visa which is valid
  • The travel period of applicant should be for 90 days or lesser
  • Purpose of travel to United States should be for business or tourism


Applicants for whom the ESTA applications will be valid for 2 years or till the current passport gets expired whichever comes first. Applicants are given multiple entries within this stipulated approval time.

Each time the applicant enters US, they are allowed for stay up to maximum 90 days. However, in certain cases the decision of permitting of stay in US can be restricted lesser than 90 days by the Immigration Officer upon arrival in United States.


Requirements to apply for ESTA

Applicants have the below requirements to apply for ESTA.

  • Should be a national of Visa Waiver Programme (refer table above)
  • Valid Passport
  • Contact Information of Applicant
  • Employment Information of the Applicant


Processing Time

The general processing time of ESTA is 24 hours to 72 hours. In most cases the approval will be granted within one working day. In few scenarios it might a longer period.

Hence applicants are required to apply for the ESTA as soon as the trip to United States is planned under the Visa Waiver Programme.


When to apply New ESTA

Generally, ESTA is applied on the below scenarios

  • Change of New Passport
  • Change of Name
  • Change of Nationality
  • Change of Passport particulars

Applicant must apply for new ESTA if there will be any of the above-mentioned changes.


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