ESTA online form

Entry formalities for stays of less than 90 days can be completed directly online. You don’t need to make an appointment at an American embassy or consulate to obtain ESTA travel authorization.

The online form can be completed in a few minutes if the applicant is in possession of his or her travel documents.

ESTA is part of the Visa Waiver Program. The U.S. Visa Waiver Program allows citizens of member countries to travel to the U.S. without a visa for tourism, business or transit purposes.

How long does it take to process an ESTA application?

Once payment has been made online, the ESTA application is validated and ready for processing. Processing the request is computerized and takes just a few minutes. This means that applicants may receive an ESTA authorization approval by email within a few minutes.

Sometimes the answer doesn’t reach the candidate within a few minutes. In some cases, human processing is required to validate the request. The U.S. administration is committed to responding within 72 hours.

How long is an ESTA authorization valid for?

ESTA authorization is valid for 2 years. Under certain conditions, the validity period is reduced: for example, if the passport used to obtain the ESTA is no longer valid, then the ESTA itself is no longer valid.