US ESTA Program - Information

Since 2010, the US Authorities have levied a charge for ESTAs - Electronic System of Travel Authorisation documents - enabling citizens of Visa Waiver Program countries to obtain authorisation to travel to or through the United States. Please see below for details of options, fees and service levels. [more info...]



ESTA visa - help with online application For the avoidance of doubt, please note that this website is neither owned by nor affiliated with US government, and you may also make your ESTA application direct on their website. esta-cbp-dhs.com levies a service fee for checking and processing your application via this website. This fee also provides you with the services and guarantees as described above. If you do not wish to pay for a processing service fee, please use one of the suggested alternative means of submitting your ESTA application.

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So what, exactly, does ESTA approval entitle you to? An ESTA approval number gives the applicant approval to travel to the US, however, it does not give the applicant the right to enter the US - this is down to the US border control authorities. Of course, it is rare for a traveller to be stopped at the border, but it can happen. An ESTA does NOT give the applicant the right to reside or work in the US, and it is only valid for a maximum of 2 years from date of issue (or until expiry date of passport, whichever is sooner). ESTA should not be confused with the Green Card system, which confers entirely different rights and obligations on the holder - the two schemes are, to all intents and purposes, unrelated.

Visa Waiver Program Countries:

The following countries are designated VWP:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, 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, United Kingdom

Applying for an ESTA - Your Options:

Several years ago, it used to be possible to obtain an ESTA without charge, however, for around 3 years now, the US Government has levied a fee for all ESTA applications. There are NO exceptions to this. It is impossible to obtain an ESTA for free.

Customers can buy an ESTA direct from the US Government website (http://www.cbp.gov/), where they will pay a fee of $14.00.

There are many agencies like ours who process ESTA applications, but not all are equal. Total fees for going via an agency range from around £30 to around £80. With our service, there is a charge of £45.95 per standard application (normally 24 hour turnaround), or £55.95 per application (2 hour turnaround), inclusive of all US Government fees. Our service fee includes not only the checking and processing of the application and delivering the ESTA number in PDF format, but also all the benefits as detailed above.

Most of the above services are not available via the US Government website - the US DHS will not send documents by post because they operate the entire system only electronically, they offer only a premium rate phone service at the US embassy in London, with a series of recorded messages, and under no circumstances will they refund all of the fees if they refuse an ESTA application.