Have you already filled out the ESTA Application before your travel to the USA?
The ESTA is an Electronic System for Travel Authorization. It is an online application system of the US government. It verifies the identity of all the travelers before their boarding from their respective countries on an airplane or in a ship directed to the USA. After the terrorist attack of 11 September 2001, the government of the US settled more security checks. From that moment, any person entering the US under the visa waiver program has to hold the ESTA authorization. And of course, after filling the ESTA application, it must be approved!
Advantages and suggestions about the ESTA Application
What is the advantage of entering the US under the visa waiver program?
- First of all, one advantage is that you can travel to the US on short notice without obtaining a visa;
- furthermore the ESTA authorization is valid for two years from its date of issue (or until your passport expiration date).
All the travelers are recommended to fill the ESTA application for their authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure. The authorization will come right away! Remember that, after registering for the ESTA application, it is not sure this will allow you entering the US territory. Although you have the approval, once you are in the US, for any reasons, they could reject your admission.
In conclusion, please make sure that there are lots of sites that help you in filling out the ESTA application. They are not necessarily scams, but you will end up paying over $70. While doing the ESTA application on the official site, the cost is only $14 in case of approval.
Before you leave your country remember to print your ESTA authorization and show it to the authorities. Oh, and get ready for a long line!