How to obtain an ESTA

ESTA authorization allows nationals of VWP member countries to travel to the USA without obtaining a visa. The ESTA process takes place entirely online. Here are the steps you need to take to obtain ESTA authorization.

Check your eligibility before applying for ESTA

Before completing the ESTA form online, it’s a good idea to check your eligibility for ESTA. ESTA authorization is only granted for tourist or business stays of less than 90 days. Only nationals of countries that are members of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program can apply for an ESTA.

Apply online

The form to complete to obtain ESTA authorization is available on the official ESTA website. The entire process takes place online. ESTA applicants must answer all the questions on the ESTA form to apply online.

To finalize your application, you must pay for your ESTA online by credit card.

Steps to obtain ESTA authorization online

ESTA application process
Summary of the online steps to obtain your ESTA