ESTA Status

Have you successfully completed and submitted your ESTA application or planning to travel to the USA for a second time and don’t know if your ESTA is still valid? Find out where to look here in ESTA Status Check!

ESTA

The official travel authorization for your trip to the USA!

How do I check the status of my ESTA application?

The status of your ESTA application can be accessed on the official website of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. There are two ways to log in:

  • With the use of your application number, passport number and your date of birth
  • With the use of your passport number, date of birth, your first and last name, and your citizenship

It depends on which information you have on-hand.

You can check the status of your ESTA online at any time!

What does my ESTA status mean?

There are three different messages that can be displayed when you check the status of your ESTA. The different ESTA application responses and their meanings are:

Status Meaning
Authorization approved Your ESTA application has been authorized
Travel not authorized Ihr Your ESTA application has been denied
Authorization pending Your ESTA application has not yet been authorized or denied

Can I update my data in my application?

After submitting your ESTA, there is very little data that you can change. There are some data that cannot be changed and a new ESTA is required. This includes name changes. If you have changed your name or made spelling mistakes in your application, then you must apply for a new ESTA.

Please be aware that you cannot change your passport number either. If you get a new passport or there is a mistake in your passport number, then you must apply for a new ESTA.

There are some data which you have the option to update. Changing your address, for example, can be done online. That is why it is important to record the application number given to you by the travel authorization system. Be aware that you are required to update changes to your name and other personal details, passport and security questions. You are not necessarily required to update your flight details, US address or your residential address in your ESTA application.

ESTA validity

ESTA is valid for 2 years or until your passport expires. It depends on which happens earlier. As long as the ESTA holder still meets the requirements for visa-free travel, they can enter or exit the USA during this time period without re-applying.

A new ESTA must be applied for if:

  • You get a new passport
  • Your name changes due to marriage, divorce, adoption, etc.
  • Your sex changes
  • Your citizenship changes
  • Your answers to the security questions change

 If you move within your country, your ESTA is still valid. Before traveling to the USA, you should always make sure that your ESTA is still valid.If you included your e-mail address in your application, then you will receive an e-mail 30 days before your ESTA expires from the US authorities.

ESTA is valid for 2 years and allows you to travel multiple times to the USA for stays up to 90 days!

As soon as you get a new passport, your previous ESTA becomes invalid. It is irrelevant if your ESTA is still valid because your travel authorization is directly linked to your passport. A new passport means that you must apply for a new ESTA.

ESTA is directly linked to your passport. As soon as you get a new passport, you have to apply for a new ESTA.

Why is ESTA only valid for 2 years?

A person’s life can change quickly and often. That is why the ESTA travel authorization is only valid for 2 years. As soon as you marry, for example, you will need a new ESTA. Furthermore, you must update information which could possibly lead to your ESTA being denied (e.g. contagious decease, criminal convictions, etc.) Having a defined period of validity allows the US authorities to check if ESTA applicants continue to meet the requirements of the Visa Waiver Program.

How long can I stay in the USA with an ESTA?

On each trip to the USA, you can stay for up to 90 days with an ESTA. The length of your stay in the USA is decided by the border officer on the border. This means the they decide if you get to stay for the full 90 days or have the right to give you less days. It is important to be able to show a return flight ending in a country other than Mexico, Canada or any in the Caribbean. Check to make sure that your ESTA is valid for the entirety of your stay in the USA. 

Tip

When traveling with an ESTA, try to spend more time in your home country between trips to the USA. Bring proof of your connections to your home country like work or housing contracts.

Can I renew an existing ESTA?

No, you cannot renew an ESTA. An authorized ESTA is only ever valid for two years. As soon as your ESTA is invalid, you must apply for a new one. You do not have to apply for a new ESTA if you move within your country or travel to the USA again.

You can apply for a new ESTA even if your current one is still valid. You can do this if the validity of your current ESTA is not long enough for your entire stay in the USA. As soon as your new ESTA is authorized, the old one automatically becomes invalid and you are only allowed to use the new one.

Can I stay in the USA longer than 90 days with an ESTA?

No, the maximum number of days you can stay in the USA with an ESTA is 90 and generally cannot be extended. If you do not depart from the USA on time, you will be staying in the USA illegally. This can have consequences on future US trips. If you want to stay in the USA longer than 90 days, then you must apply for an appropriate visa (e.g. B1 or B2 visa) beforehand.

Those who want to stay in the USA for longer than 90 days must apply for an appropriate US visa!


Only in individual cases will the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) allow ESTA travelers to stay longer in the USA. Extensions are allowed rare cases like when flights are delayed for days because of strikes or weather, medical health, etc. which make leaving the USA impossible. It is of the upmost importance to turn to the USCIS and provide proof for why you had to stay longer.

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. 

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

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.

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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