Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA)
All UK residents travelling to the U.S.A by air or sea must apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation). Without one, you'll be refused entry and returned home.
ESTA Application Process You will be required to supply:
UK contact details
Passport number & expiry date
Flight details - Can be added or amended at a later time
Address where you will be spending your first night - Can be added or amended at a later time
The ESTA costs $14 per person through the official Customers and Border Protection website.
All applicants requesting an electronic travel authorization are charged for the processing of the application. The fee is $4. Authorization Fee. If your application is approved and you receive authorization to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, an additional $10.00 will be charged to your credit card.
How long is the ESTA valid for?
Travel authorizations are valid for two years from the date of authorization, or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.
You can only apply online
New Passport? New ESTA form required
Print your reference number out - Not Required but good practice
The Official Website is https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/esta.html
Warning: Scam Websites
There are many websites who say they will submit your application for you and they charge you a hefty fee for the privilege. AVOID!! They use scare tactics by trying to make you believe obtaining an ESTA is a difficult task. It's not. If you get stuck just email me or start a Live Chat and I'll help.