Carrying out administrative formalities prior to your departure, in addition to preparing your bag and planning your itinerary can be stressful. To enable you to apply for a travel authorization with peace of mind, we offer a practical guide so that any eligible person can obtain a travel document for the USA online.
Is it mandatory to apply for ESTA online?
Let’s go back to the definition of ESTA first. Introduced in 2009 by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), this travel authorization is part of the Visa Waiver Program. The ESTA therefore allows nationals of these countries (including France) to apply for a travel authorization in the context of tourist or professional visits. This authorization makes it possible to board a plane or boat to the United States without the need to apply for a traditional visa in advance. Once in your pocket, you will have the opportunity to stay in the country for a maximum of 90 consecutive days, after which you will be required to leave the country. The advantage of this visa waiver lies in the fact that it is valid for two years. Indeed, you can use the same document for multiple trips.
The purpose of this process is to allow the US Customs to first verify your identity, your medical history as well as legal, and the reasons for your trip. This situation is therefore beneficial for both travelers and the US government. ESTA is so popular that Canada has very recently introduced a similar authorization.
It is important to note that as the name suggests (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), it is only possible to apply for ESTA online.
How to apply for ESTA online?
To apply for ESTA online, there are several options available to you. You can go through the official US customs website and fill in the complete form in several steps using the information in your passport. However, we insist on the importance of the truthfulness of the information you transmit. Indeed, the US government is known for its severity in terms of immigration and its seriousness in terms of national security. This is why a simple typing error or a bad passport number may result in the refusal of your request.
Our advice to take into account in advance of your ESTA request:
- your passport must have validity that covers the entire duration of your trip;
- your passport must be electronic or biometric
- you do not intend to stay in the country for longer than 90 days;
- the airline must be recognized and approved by the US government;
- you have never violated American law on a previous trip;
- no visa application prior to your ESTA application has been denied.
Leave the peace of mind, make your ESTA request quickly and concentrate on the essentials: the stay of your dreams. Why not take the opportunity to adopt American good manners or still enjoy the cuisine of Uncle Sam ?