ESTA form questions
Whether you’re going to the US for a pleasure trip or for sightseeing, like New York, you need to fill out an ESTA questionnaire! Essential since January 12, 2009 , this questionnaire makes it possible to reinforce the security on the American territory .
Eligible travelers from countries that are part of the Visa Waiver Program are invited to complete this survey online. Composed of several sections, it allows somehow to draw the identity card of the traveler . He must provide his name, his current address, the reasons for his trip and even his passport number. In a second time, questions about his state of health and his behavior (judicial history, involvement in terrorist activities) are also to be fulfilled.
Many travelers feel worried about completing an ESTA questionnaire , and for good reason: if it is not validated, a departure for the United States can be prevented or at least, a source of some complications.
Nationals of countries eligible for the Visa Waiver Program can access the ESTA form online. Within reach of all, it fills up in minutes and requires only a few documents, unlike more complex US formalities .
To fill it in correctly, make sure you have nearby:
- your passport
- your plane ticket ;
- your credit card (to pay the processing fee).
The different parts of the questionnaire
The first part concerns the personal information of the traveler
You will be asked for your first and last names, your date and city of birth, your sex, your marital status, your email address, but also the names and surnames of your parents.
In 2nd step, indicate the information relating to your passport and your stay.
To complete this section, simply provide your passport : the information on the ESTA must be strictly similar. This information includes your full address, country and phone number. Indicate also your passport number, country of issue, date of issue and expiry date without forgetting the city where you will embark at the time of your trip.
Complete your ESTA form, indicating whether or not you have a job, and provide contact information for the emergency contact person, whether in the United States or outside the United States.
Last part about the details about your health and your behavior
You will find a series of 10 questions to answer with “yes” or “no”. Far from being incidental, they deserve all your attention because they concern your judicial past, your state of health (contagious diseases) and your relation to the American law.
There remains one last check box where you certify that you have read and understood this form and officially declare that you waive the right to challenge the immigration officer’s decision when you arrive in the United States. Your authorization to enter the United States will then be allocated quickly.