ESTA Denied

ESTA denied – What now?

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!


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Why would an ESTA application be denied?

There are many reasons why an ESTA application may be denied. In most cases, ESTA applications are denied because the applicant does not meet the requirements to travel visa-free to the USA under the Visa Waiver Program. Though the reasons are various, there are two main reasons:

1. ESTA denied because of mistakes in the data given

It is easy to make a typing mistake, especially if you are in a hurry. If your application has been denied, you should carefully check your application and see if there is a mistake in your name, passport data, date of birth, etc.

ESTA applications will be denied if the requirements for visa-free travel are not met.

2. ESTA denied despite correct data

Have you double-checked your ESTA application and are certain that there are no mistakes? And despite this, your ESTA has still been denied? There are a few reasons for this:

  • You have the same name as someone who the US authorities are keeping an eye on
  • You are a dual citizen of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria
  • You answered “yes” to one of the security questions
  • A previous visa or ESTA application was denied
  • In the past, you have stayed in the USA longer than your ESTA or visa allowed
  • You are a US Green Card holder

ESTA application denied – What can I do?

The first thing you should do if your ESTA has been denied, is to check your application for typing or careless mistakes. Pay close attention to your name and passport number. Unfortunately, there is very little information that you can change in your ESTA application after submission. If your ESTA was denied because of an unintentional mistake, then you can contact the U.S. Border and Customs Protection and ask them to reset your ESTA application. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that they will do this. If they do agree to do so, then you will get a message that your old application has been deleted when you log in.

If your ESTA gets denied, you can apply for a visa instead. Processing times for visas are significantly longer.

In the case that all given data was correct and your ESTA was denied because you did not meet the requirements for traveling visa-free under the Visa Waiver Program, the only possibility of entering the USA then is to apply for a visa at an American consulate. If an ESTA application is denied, then you cannot apply for a new one.

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Entry denied despite an authorized ESTA – Is that possible?

Yes! Even if you have a valid ESTA, you can be denied entry into the USA at the border. This travel authorization does not guarantee your entry into the USA. The US border officer always has the last say. They decide if you can enter the United States and for how long. US border officers do not have to give you a reason for their decision. 

Will I be told why my ESTA was denied?

No, the US authorities will not tell you why your ESTA application was denied. Instead, you will receive a status update notifying you that your ESTA has not been authorized. That is why it is important to double-check your application for possible mistakes and if necessary, ask to have your ESTA application reset.