ESTA Overview ESTA Overview

The official travel authorization
for your trip to the USA

ESTA is the official travel authorization for the USA and is part of the Visa Waiver Program.

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The term stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization and it allows you to stay in the USA for a maximum of 90 days without a visa! You can only apply for ESTA online.


  • Visa-free travel to the USA
  • Stay in the USA for up to 90 days
  • Valid for 2 years
  • Quickly apply online

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Who needs ESTA?

People traveling to the USA who are citizens of countries that are part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) need to apply for an ESTA if they want to travel to the USA for vacation or business trips lasting a maximum of 90 days.
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What are the requirements?

You need to be a citizen of a country that is part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and you are required to have a biometric passport.

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How much does ESTA cost?

Every ESTA applicant needs to pay an application fee of 14 USD.

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More ESTA topics
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    If you are traveling and have to stop in an American airport, then you are required to have a valid ESTA – even if you are not leaving the airport and are traveling somewhere else.

  • 450x320 ESTA for groups

    If you are planning your next trip through America with families or friends, then you can save time by using the ESTA group application. It can even be created for only two people!

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    Is your trip to the USA coming up quick and your ESTA application has been surprisingly denied? Find out more here about what you can do and still travel to the USA!