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Travel Advice: Be Esta ready

Posted on: 18 Sep 2015

An Esta is an Electronic System for Travel Authorization,  a program run by the Department of Homeland Security’s Custom and Border Protection Service in the USA. 

To register for this program, you must pre-register with ESTA in advance of your planned travel date should you be looking to travel under the Visa Waiver Program to transit the USA or to stay for up to 90 days as a tourist of for business purposes that do not normally require a visa. If you are travelling with a visa for tourism or work or study purposes then you are not required to register with ESTA. Similarly America citizens are not required to register with ESTA.

The US Embassy recommends that anybody looking to travel under the Visa Waiver Program registers using the ESTA website:  https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov at the very least TWO weeks in advance of the planned departure date. 

Please be aware that some Search Engine Results might show results for ESTA registration sites that requests payment.  Please check the site you are on as the ONLY way to register for ESTA is through the Department of Homeland Security’s Custom and Border Protection Service website and should you are asked to pay anything other than the ESTA fee, you are not on the official ESTA registration website.

An ESTA approval is not a guarantee of admission to the United States but like a U.S. visa, it is preauthorization for an airline or ship to board passengers bound for the United States.  Admission decisions can only be made by the Customs and Border Protection officer at the port of entry (or at airports with preclearance inspection overseas).

For more information and to be prepared for your next holiday to America, please visit the official ETSA website at: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov