United States FAQ
You can book your flights to the USA/ finalise your travel itinerary after you apply for your ESTA.
An ESTA allows multiple entries to the United States within a fixed two-year timeframe; you cannot exceed 90 days in the country per entry.
Should the ESTA expire during your stay in the country, it won’t impact on you being able to leave the country with ease; however, you’ll definitely have to renew your ESTA in order to enter the country next time.
The situation in each country during the Covid 19 pandemic is changing rapidly.
Please check with the foreign office of the country in order to ascertain the most up to date entry requirement for vaccination and Covid tests.
It’s not a legal requirement to quarantine upon your entry, but it’s arguably an expectation to do so for between seven and 10 days after arrival – and to take a coronavirus test, too, like it or not.
Also, bear in mind that different states have different mandatory quarantine rules, so check what’s required for exactly where you’ll be visiting and staying.
If you reside in or you’re travelling from a yellow fever-affected country, you’ll be required to present proof of vaccination against the disease.
There’s no getting away from it, the United States is a vast country, one that stretches the width of an entire continent. Indeed, if you take a flight from NYC to LA, it’s likely to take as long as flying from NYC to London. Needless to say, you can’t discover any sort of majority of the USA on one visit, so you’ll have to draw up a sensible itinerary to take in as much of the variety of colour, culture, sights and sounds as possible.
A word on shopping, too. Beware that the shelf-price of a product won’t match the price at the check-out because a product’s tag price won’t include the tax you’ll also have to pay. Tipping, too, while it’s technically voluntary, is unique here because, really, it’s entirely expected. The reason being that waiting staff depend on tips for their living. That also means tipping’s generous; usually 15-20% of a bill’s total.
Food-wise, some cities in the USA boast truly fantastic restaurants. NYC and San Francisco, for instance, are packed with Michelin-starred restaurants. Although, most impressive of all, the United States is blessed with stunning natural beauty; it features simply some of the most beautiful national parks in the world, so try not to restrict your visit to just urban areas, if you can.
Should you hold citizenship of a country in the US Visa Waiver Program (VWP), but also hold citizenship of Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria, you won’t be eligible for an ESTA. Also, if you’ve travelled to and/ or stayed in Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen after March 1st 2011, you won’t be eligible. Legislation can change, however; so, you’re advised to check.
Technically, possessing an ESTA ensures you’re *eligible* to enter the United States; when you arrive at a point of entry, your right of entry will be determined by an immigration official, whom has it in their power to refuse you entry, according to United States law.
Under the VWP, citizens/ nationals can apply for an ESTA should they hail from Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Malta, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan or the UK. However, should they be a citizen of/ hold a passport supplied by Curacao, Bonaire and St Maarten, they won’t be able to enter the USA under the VWP.
Administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the VWP enables citizens of eligible countries to travel to the United States without a full visa; instead, they can travel with the short-term visa solution that’s an ESTA for a stay of up to 90 days, per visit.
An ESTA is a short-term alternative to a longer-term visa for the United States; an ESTA is intended for travel and a stay of up to 90 days, at a time (within a two-year timeframe). If you have a valid visa for the USA, you should travel on that (so long as you do so for the purpose of its issue).
No, your entry into the country will be examined by a US immigration officer. They are the person who will determine whether you enter the USA.
The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) enables foreign nationals to enter the USA without having to obtain a regular visa, via the country’s Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
At the time of writing, it’s important to note that holders of either a US visa or ESTA won’t be allowed entry if, 14 days prior to their arrival, they’ve travelled from or though or stayed in Brazil, China, Iran, the UK or the Schengen Area countries.
Legislation can change quickly, however; so you’re strongly advised to check before you travel.
You’ll need an electronic passport with a digital chip featuring biometric data, which is valid for six months after your arrival date.
When you apply for your ESTA, you’ll have to give us your passport number and personal identification number (PIN).
This depends on the processing time you have chosen. Please refer to the Fast Track Visa website page for that country for more information.
It will take us two hours to process your United States ESTA – we will email you the ESTA document once its processing is complete.
The ESTA enables foreign visitors to enter the USA multiple times for a maximum 90 days per entry, within a two-year timeframe.
Yes, regardless of age, all children seeking entry to the USA need an ESTA (unless they obtain a full United States visa, instead).
In order to qualify for an ESTA, each child will need their own unexpired passport.
ESTA stands for the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation, a computerised visa waiver programme that allows the US authorities to see if the traveller is authorised for entry into the country.
The main difference between the ESTA and a paper visa is that the ESTA is done compeltely online, making it a lot easier.