What are the requirements for soliciting and obtaining ESTA?

The requirements to apply for ESTA are many, but very simple:

  • The country of origin or nationality must be part of the Visa Waiver Program (countries are listed ici).
  • Have an electronic or machine-readable passport valid for the VWP.
  • Have a return ticket.
  • The trip must not exceed 90 days.
  • Travel with an airline that is recognized by the VWP.
  • As the ESTA application has a cost, you must have a VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express card. Paypal is also accepted.
  • Have a valid email address.

Example 1: CamélieCamelie has French nationality and she will travel to the United States with friends. She knows how she can get an ESTA, but she does not know if her passport is legible and contains all the security features required by the visa-free travel program. His traveling companion, Luca, explained that the symbols & gt; & gt; & gt; With numbers and letters at the bottom of the personal data page are the machine-readable code. Camelie was reassured and asked her ESTA online.

Example 2: Bartholomé
Bartholomew has a British passport and is in Mexico. He is there for a business trip with his boss. They have to go to Austin, Texas on a private flight. Even if the flight plan is accepted by the United States, Bartholomew can not use an ESTA to go to the United States, he must apply for a visa from the US Embassy. Private flights are in fact considered unknown by US authorities, and therefore do not meet the requirements of the VWP.