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What is called the official ESTA

To travel to the United States it is important to know the conditions of entry into the country. The formalities for entering the United States for a stay of less than 90 days can be carried out directly via the Internet. There is no need to get an appointment at the embassy or consulate as you will not need a US visa.

All you need is an official ESTA Electronic Travel Authorization. The online form can be completed in a few minutes if you have your travel documents with you, you just need to fill in the personal information requested

Official ESTA: what is it?

Official ESTA is the authorization that will allow you to legally enter American soil. It first comes in the form of a form to be completed which will then be processed by the US administration. It is she who decides whether to issue the authorization or not. The official ESTA is a process that is part of the Visa Waiver Program (Visa Waiver Program) which allows you to do without obtaining a US Visa , the latter requiring a longer and more expensive process.

The official ESTA concerns the countries that participate in this program, including England. If you are a English national, you can therefore make an official ESTA request. It is also essential to have a biometric or electronic passport. Finally, the official ESTA once obtained remains valid for a period of 2 years and allows you to stay for a maximum of 90 days.

How to get your official ESTA?

To obtain your official ESTA, nothing could be simpler. Just go to the US official website or entrust your request.

If you are eligible for ESTA, then all you have to do is fill out a form entirely in English. You will be asked for information concerning your identity (surname, first name, address, etc.) and your passport (if it is not a biometric or electronic passport, your request will be automatically refused). Finally, you will be asked to answer a series of yes or no questions (on various subjects such as your state of health, your criminal record, etc.).

Regardless of the platform you choose, you will need to pay a minimum amount of $21 (new rate since May 26, 2022) in order to send your request: $17 will be dedicated to organizations in charge of promoting the USA abroad. international and $4 intended to finance the administrations responsible for processing by the ESTA official website.