ESTA document lost

To get to the United States, it is necessary to have a valid ESTA authorization to be in good standing with the US authorities. In the same way, it is always good to know what the ESTA allows . One of the questions most often asked by our users concerns the procedure to follow in case of loss of the document ESTA. First of all do not panic, losing an object or document on a long trip is commonplace. Our team will explain everything you can do to resolve your situation and recover your ESTA.

Should you fill out a new form if you have lost your ESTA?

We always advise you to print on paper your ESTA to have it available just in case. If you have misplaced your travel authorization and do not know how to find it, do not worry. The process is very simple and does not require renewing your request. In other words, you will not have to pay the $ 14 fee again. A travel authorization is valid for two years, the validation of it is done electronically. As a result, the information entered during the filling of your form is stored in the computer database of the US customs. This means that a US customs officer can easily access this information if needed and confirm that you hold an ESTA authorization.

Note: if your information has changed since your last ESTA request (change of name, address or renewal of your passport). In this case it is imperative to renew your request for ESTA .

How to find a lost ESTA?

As explained above, if you need to regain your authorization, the process is fast and free. To do this, simply log in to the official US Customs website and click on the “Retrieve Application” button. You will then be asked to indicate certain information:

To avoid any problem, you can print your ESTA authorization on paper and keep a copy with you. Our experts have been around the world, advise to keep an electronic version of any important document on a USB key to keep. You can also send an email containing your ESTA authorization to your own email address so you can access it online at any time.