ESTA Application Online

Does a traveler ever need to reapply for a travel authorization through ESTA?

There are multiple situations when you might need to reapply for your ESTA authorization. You should submit a new application if:

  • Your passport expires, and you receive a new passport;
  • You change your legal or gender name for any reason;
  • Your life circumstances change in a way that would make any of your previous ‘yes’ or ‘no’ responses to ESTA questions no longer applicable;
  • Your country of citizenship changes;
  • Your previous ESTA authorization expires, either because your passport has expired or because two years have elapsed since your authorization was granted.

New applications will be charged at the same flat fee as the initial application.

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Log on to the ESTA or helping service website and fill out the application provided with the required information: the list above as well as your current travel arrangements, your credit card information, and seven security questions. An application must be submitted for every member of your party who does not have a visa, including minors.

Submit Your ESTA Application

The ESTA site or helping online service will provide you an opportunity to review and check your information before submitting your application. Double-check all information for accuracy. Do US visa application online on the site

Pay the ESTA Application Fee

Authorize payment of the $4.00 USD processing fee (outlined in the Travel Promotion Act, 2009) on your credit card. You will be charged an additional $10.00 USD if your application is approved.

Receive Your Status Determination

Most of the time, you will receive your ESTA status determination almost immediately (within one minute or less). However, sometimes additional time will be required to process an application; in this case, expect your application status determination to be available on the ESTA website within 72 hours.

You will receive one of three application statuses:

  • Authorization Approved. The system will provide a printable confirmation of your approval and a receipt for your credit card records, and you are authorized to travel under the Visa Waiver program.
  • Travel Not Authorized. Unfortunately, you have not been authorized to utilize the Visa Waiver program to travel to the United States.
  • Authorization Pending. If your status is listed as ‘Pending’, an immediate determination cannot be made by the system, and your travel authorization is under further review. You will receive the necessary information to check your application status after 72 hours have elapsed.

How can a traveler apply for ESTA without access to the Internet?

As ESTA is an online-only program, travelers without Internet access can engage a third party (a service agent, travel agent, relative, or friend) to submit their ESTA application on their behalf. You can easily use The traveler is still the legally responsible party for any answers submitted on their behalf.


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