ESTA is not a visa. It does not fulfill the legal requirements to be used in place of a US visa when a visa is mandatory. Travelers with a valid US visa can travel to the United States with it, for the purpose it was issued. Travelers with valid visas don?t have to apply for ESTA authorization. The same way that a valid visa does not guarantee entry into the United States, an approved ESTA authorization is not a guarantee to enter the United States.
The ESTA approved applications are valid for a period of two years or until the passport expires, whichever occurs first, and they allow multiple trips to the United States, with the traveler not having to request another ESTA authorization again. When traveling to the US, with an approved ESTA authorization, you can only stay up to 90 days at a time, and there must be a reasonable amount of time between visits so that the CBP agent doesn?t think you are trying to live there. There is no established requirement for the time you should wait between one visit and the next.
- 你的情况发生变化; 例如，如果您被发现犯有违反道德和良好风俗的罪行，或者您患有传染性疾病。您必须提交一份新申请，该申请必须反映已更改的情况，否则您可能会在抵达美国后被拒绝入境。
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DHS recommends that you apply for ESTA’s authorization, as soon as you know that you will travel to the United States under the VWP. If your ESTA authorization expires while in the US, this will not affect your exit.
Please note: It is important that you PRINT a copy of the receipt document to keep it in your records. You don?t need to print the form when you arrive in the United States, because the agents already have the information in electronic form.
An approved travel authorization is not a visa. It doesn?t meet the legal or regulatory requirements to replace a US visa when the laws of the United States require one. Those who have a valid visa can still travel to the United States with it, provided it is used for the purpose for which it was issued. It is not necessary for those traveling with a valid visa to request a travel authorization.
- Czech Republic
- Republic of Malta
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- Reaffirms, through the submission of biometric identifiers (including fingerprints and photographs) during the proceeding upon arrival to the United States, your waiver of any right of reconsideration or appeal of the decision of eligibility of the United States Customs and Border Protection agent , or a dispute – apart from one based on an application for asylum – of an expulsion measure derived from an application for admission under the Visa Waiver Program.
 With regards to any reference to “country” or “countries” made in this document, it should be noted that the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, Pub. L. No. 96-8, Section 4 (b) (1), states that “provided that the laws of the United States refer to, or are related to, countries, nations, states, governments or similar foreign entities, such conditions and laws shall include and be imposed with regards to Taiwan.” 22 U.S.C. § 3303 (b) (1). Also, any reference to “country” or “countries” that appear in the legislation authorizing the Waiver Program Visa, Section 217 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1187, will be interpreted to include Taiwan. This is consistent with the one-China policy of the United States, for which the United States has maintained unofficial relations with Taiwan since 1979.
Should I Request ESTA Authorization If…?
I?m a Canadian citizen?
No, Canadian citizens who travel with a Canadian passport don?t need an ESTA authorization.
I?m a permanent resident of Canada?
If you are a permanent resident of Canada and a citizen of a country that participates in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and enters the United States by land, an ESTA authorization is not required. If you don?t have an ESTA authorization, you will be asked to complete the I-94W printed form and proceed through the manual entry process at the land border crossing. If you have an ESTA authorization approved when you enter the United States through the border crossing, you will NOT have to complete the I-94W printed form and your entry process will be speeded up. If you are going to the United States by air or sea, you MUST apply for ESTA authorization. If you are not a citizen of a country covered by the VWP, you are required to have a visa and, therefore, ESTA authorization does not apply to your situation.
I?m a legal permanent resident of the United States and a citizen of a country that participates in the VWP?
I?m a citizen of a country covered by the VWP and I?m visiting the United States from Canada or Mexico?
If you are a citizen of a country that participates in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and you enter the United States by land from Mexico or Canada, an ESTA authorization is not required. If you don?t have an ESTA authorization, you will be asked to complete the I-94W printed form and go through the manual entry process at the land border crossing. If you have an ESTA authorization approved when you enter the United States through the border crossing, you will NOT have to complete the I-94W printed form and your entry process will be speeded up. However, if it?s already issued, you must return your I-94W green card when leaving the United States. If you arrive by air or sea, you must request ESTA authorization.
Yes, you must apply for ESTA authorization, even if you are only in transit through the United States. In the address request space in the form, write “in transit.”
I have dual citizenship both from a country that participates in the VWP and from one that doesn?t?
If you are flying in compliance with VWP conditions, with your VWP passport, you must apply for ESTA authorization. If you are using the passport of the country that doesn?t participate in the VWP, you will need a visa and, therefore, the ESTA authorization applies in your case.
I?m the citizen of a country that participates in the VWP and I am on my way to Guam or to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (or CNMI, for its acronym in English)?
For international travel to Guam/CNMI under the VWP, an ESTA authorization is needed. The nationalities that meet the VWP requirements for Guam/CNMI can travel to these places under that program, without the need for ESTA authorization. However, in regards to the VWP for Guam/CNMI, the maximum stay is 45 days and is restricted to those islands only; the trip can?t be to the United States..
从美国到关岛/ CNMI之旅被视为国家航班，因此不需要ESTA授权。旅客必须事先接受检查，才能从关岛/ CNMI旅行到美国。如果这次旅行发生在VWP下，他们将需要ESTA授权。
I?m a citizen of a country that participates in the VWP and I?m traveling for business or tourism reasons for a short period of time, under the VWP, to Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands?
I?m traveling with a minor (less than 18 years of age) who is a citizen of a country that participates in the VWP?
…I?m a US citizen with dual citizenship in a country that participates in the VWP?
…I have a valid visa?
Those who have a valid visa can use it to travel to the United States, for the purpose for which it was issued. Those who travel with a valid visa don?t have to apply for an ESTA authorization..
The Visa Waiver Program allows foreigners from certain countries to travel to the United States for business or tourism, for stays of up to 90 days, without the need to obtain a visa. Travelers admitted under the Visa Waiver Program must agree to waive their reconsideration or appeal rights, as explained in the Waiver of Rights section of the application. For more information, see: Who meets the requirements to apply for admission under the Visa Waiver Program?.For more information, see §217 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1187, and 8 C.F.R. § 217.
To retrieve an individual request, select “Check ESTA status” on the home page. If you don?t know your application number, enter your last name, first name (nickname) and country of issuance of the passport, in addition to your passport number and birth date.
How does the U.S. Government protect the privacy of my data, and who has access to it?
In most cases, the Electronic System for Travel Authorization will show the status of the request immediately. In those cases in which more time is needed to process an electronic travel authorization request, a response will usually be received within 72 hours. If you receive a “pending” response, you will receive information to verify the status of your request. The three possible responses to an electronic travel authorization request are:
Children listed in their parents’ passports don?t qualify for ESTA application. Children must have their own passport (without expiring) in order to qualify for ESTA.
Children’s passports (Kinderreisepass) do not participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), unless they have been issued or extended before October 26, 2006. The document must meet the VWP’s eligibility requirements, that is, it must be readable by machine and, if it was issued/ renewed/extended after October 26, 2005, it must have a digital photograph of the owner integrated into the biographical information page. The identification numbers of all children (Kinderausweis) require a visa and don?t participate in the VWP.
The recommendations implemented on September 11, 2007 in the “Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007” (9/11 Act) modified by Section 217 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish an electronic travel authorization system and other measures to improve the security of the Visa Waiver Program. The ESTA adds another level of security that allows DHS to determine, prior to travelling, whether a person meets the requirements to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, and if such a trip poses a security or public order risk.
The ESTA application information will remain active for the period of time that the approved ESTA authorization is valid, which is usually two years, or until the traveler’s passport expires, whichever comes first. Subsequently, DHS will keep this information for another year, and then it will be archived for twelve years in order to allow its recovery for public order, national security or investigation purposes. Once archived, the number of officials with access to information will be even more restricted. This is consistent with both the CBP border search authority, and the border security mission mandated to CBP by Congress. The information linked to current public order surveillance records, to coincidences with CBP execution activities, or to investigations or cases, including ESTA requests denied, will remain accessible for the duration of the public order activities with which they are related.
All passengers traveling under the Visa Waiver Program need an approved travel authorization before leaving for the United States, either by air or sea. Even babies exempt from paying airline tickets must have an approved travel authorization on their behalf if they don?t have a visa to travel to the United States. The request can be presented by a third party in behalf of someone traveling under the Visa Waiver Program.
Generally, your ESTA authorization is valid for several trips over the course of two years (from the date of its approval) or until your passport expires, whichever comes first *. This means that, as long as you have received an ESTA authorization to travel, you don?t have to reapply during the validity period.
Notice: It is important that you PRINT a copy of the document to keep it as proof. You don?t need the form when you arrive to the United States, because the agents already have the information electronically.
Receiving the ESTA authorization doesn?t mean that you can stay in the United States for two years. It only allows you to travel to the United States according to the conditions of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which only allows you to stay in the United States for 90 days. If you plan to stay for more than 90 days, you must obtain a visa from the nearest US embassy or consulate.
While a specific travel plan is not required, it is recommended that you provide the address where you will be staying in the United States to complete the application. If you plan to be in multiple places, you should only enter the first address. If you don?t know the full address, you can enter the name of the hotel or the place you will visit.
If you are in transit, select “yes” to the question: “Is your trip to the United States in transit to another country?” in the Travel Information section.
The website will allow applicants to review and correct their data before submitting the application, including reconfirmation of their passport number. Before sending an application with the required payment information, you can correct all the data fields, except for the passport number and country of issuance of the passport. If an applicant made a mistake in his/her biographical information or his/her passport, he/she will have to send a new application. You will be charged the amount stipulated for each new application you submit. Any other error can be corrected or updated by clicking on “Check individual status” in “Check ESTA status”. If the applicant was wrong to answer the eligibility questions, he/she must click on the link in the CBP Information Center at the bottom of each page.
If you can?t find your country of issuance in the drop-down menu, make sure you are selecting the correct country. Your “Country of issuance” is the same as your “Country of Nationality”. For example, if you are a citizen of the United Kingdom but obtained your passport at the UK Consulate in Hong Kong, then UK is your country of issuance. The UK Consulate can be found in Hong Kong, but Hong Kong is not the country issuing your passport.
Otherwise, if you can?t find the name of your country of issuance or country of nationality, you probably should not request an ESTA authorization. Only citizens of the countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) must request an ESTA authorization.
If you have dual nationality and you are registered in ESTA, you must use a passport that meets VWP requirements to board the plane when leaving the country of departure and upon arrival in the United States. If the two countries of your nationality meet VWP requirements, we strongly recommend that you choose which one you wish to declare for the purposes of your trip to the United States and use that country’s passport each time you travel. If a person has two different ESTA authorizations generates a confusion that will only delay your trip.
If you have a real emergency and you can?t get your US passport before your travels and you only have a passport that participates in the VWP, then you will have to apply for ESTA authorization with that passport to travel to the United States. When you arrive at the US airport with your foreign passport, you will have to go through the non-residents line.
If you obtain a new passport or change your passport information, you must request a new travel authorization and pay the stipulated amounts. See “Which information can I update?” For a complete description of the information that can be changed after the submission of your application.
What Should I Do If I Don?t Receive The Approval To Travel?
Unfortunately, the Department of State can?t guarantee day-to-day appointments due to the changing demand for visas. You will find information about the appointment process available in the nearest consulate section or in the Department of State’s website. As a result, travelers are urged to request ESTA approval in advance of the date of their trip.
All mandatory spaces must be filled out. If erroneous information is introduced, this doesn?t mean that the application will be necessarily denied, but it can require a manual adjudication (and, therefore, it will take more time) before CBP gives a response to the applicant.
o There is a change in the underlying circumstances of the traveler’s previous responses to any of the questions inESTA application that require answering with a “yes” or a “no”.
Typically, travel authorization approvals will be granted for a period of two years or until the applicant’s passport expires, whichever comes first. The ESTA will provide the effective dates when the request is approved. Therefore, a traveler must request a new travel authorization from the ESTA when it expires, prior authorization, or the applicant’s passport. You will be charged a stipulated fee for each new application you submit.
You don?t have to wait for your ESTA authorization to expire to reapply; you can do it at any time. If you receive a message that says, “A valid approved application for this passport has been found, with more than 30 days available, to send this request you have to pay for it, canceling the existing one.” Then you can simply continue with your new application. Your previous ESTA application will be cancelled and replaced by the new one.
Typically, ESTA approvals are granted for a period of two years or until the applicant’s passport expires, whichever comes first. The approval is valid for several admissions – which means that you can use it for more than one entry to the United States. The ESTA provides the effective dates when the request is approved. You will be charged the related stipulated fee of US $ 64.00 for each new application.