Travelling To America? You Need An ESTA!

Everything you need to know about travelling to the United States with ESTA

Before we get started, I would like to proudly announce my first collaboration and guest post! I was contacted by two students to collaborate on a post informing my readers about how to apply for an ESTA to enter the USA, what it is and all the nitty gritty bits in between. – With a pretty awesome infographic and video to boot –

You can check out their website, which is EXTREMELY helpful right here. – I wish that this was available when I was applying for my ESTA before visiting the US it would have saved me SO much time and stress! –

So without further a do!

If you’re planning on travelling to the United States, you’re probably thinking that you have to get a visa to go there, right? WRONG.

Introducing… the ESTA

 

What is the ESTA? I hear you!

  • – The ESTA is a travel resource created by the United States Department of Homeland Security that allows citizens of 38 countries to travel to the US without having to get a visa. Pretty awesome!
  • – Anybody travelling to the US as a tourist, on a business trip or anybody that has a connecting flight involving the US from any of the 38 countries eligible can apply.
  • – This is not useful for students or those planning to work in the US.

So how does it work?

  1. Basically, the ESTA application is completed online and only takes around 30 minutes. That means you don’t even have to leave your house, nevermind go to an embassy appointment.
  2. All you need is an electronic passport and then fill out the ESTA form.
  3. Once you have completed the ESTA application, you will receive an email within 72 hours, although responses usually only take minutes.
  4. If your ESTA has been granted you will receive an email notifying that your application has been approved.

Now what?

Here’s the real beauty.

The ESTA is valid for two years.  In those two years, you may travel to the US as many times as you wish, so long as you do not stay in the country for more than 90 days.

Things to consider

  • If an ESTA is not authorised, then the applicant will have to apply for a visa.
  • If you are unable to complete the application yourself, somebody else can do it for you. Just make sure that all of the information that is inputted is correct.
  • The country of issue on the online application form is the country of your citizenship as it appears on your passport.

 

Here’s a pretty cool infographic that sums it up:

I hope this was helpful and shed some light on the need for an ESTA and how easy it is to apply! Pass this on to your friends if you know they are going away to the USA and could benefit from this post.

 XOXOXOXOX

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7 Comments

  1. March 18, 2017 / 2:51 AM

    Truly an informative post
    Thanks for sharing

  2. March 18, 2017 / 12:43 PM

    This is good especially for the UK nationals 😊, also good for those business persons who need to go back and forth in the US. Thank you for this information.

  3. March 19, 2017 / 2:08 AM

    I’m definitely going to share this with a few friends who are planning on travelling to the US soon. Luckily, when I go back to the US, I travel on my US passport. Saves a bit of time but I often get heaps of questions from immigration.

  4. March 19, 2017 / 3:59 PM

    I always thought that traveling to America was complicated, for all the steps that have to be done, but now seeing your post does not seem so difficult. Thanks for share this with us.

  5. March 20, 2017 / 11:16 AM

    What a really informative post and one that I’m sure has helped a lot of people. Certainly, having an American girlfriend and having to negotiate the visa process is a bit of a nightmare but the ESTA really would ease the process along. Big thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  6. Riely
    March 20, 2017 / 7:52 PM

    I never heard of the ESTA before this post. It’s not applicable to myself as a Canadian (I don’t think)since I have never used one in the past to enter the US. I wonder how the process of approving ESTA’s will be now under the new presidency.

  7. March 23, 2017 / 9:26 PM

    Such an informative post! Was not aware of it. Thanks for sharing!

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