Do I need an ESTA for New York?
ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) is an online application form that you will need to complete for your New York trip. ESTA is part of the security requirements in the USA. Anybody travelling to the US, under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), needs an ESTA. The VWP allows most British Citizens, with a valid electronic passport to visit the US, for up to 90 days, without a visa. Even though you don’t need a visa for New York, you are required to apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA), at least 3 days BEFORE you travel to New York. It’s advisable to do it even further in advance.
How do I apply for an ESTA?
It’s easy to apply for an ESTA online. It costs $21, which can be paid by credit card or PayPal. Usually, you’ll receive approval to travel within a day, but it can take a bit longer.
During the application, you will receive an email confirming your email address with a code. If you have any issues while applying, you can contact ESTA directly via the phone number found at the bottom of their page.
Once you’re done you will be sent a confirmation of your application. You will receive an email once your status changes or you can go to ‘Check ESTA Status’, on the website and log in to see the status of your application. I advise that you apply within plenty of, time to avoid any delays. “Authorisation Approved” means the ESTA was approved and you are good to travel. “Travel Not Authorised” means that you must contact your embassy or consulate and “Authorisation Pending” means you need to check the status again, later.
Make sure other members of your group also fill in this information. Even babies travelling, without a plane ticket, need their own ESTA. The ESTA is valid for 2 years from the application and you can retrieve it on the site if you return to the US, within this time. You don’t need to re-enter the information, except if your passport has changed. Then you need to reapply and pay the fee again.
You should be aware that there are companies who are willing to fill out the application for you, who will charge a lot more. Please know that you are then paying for unnecessary service. Everybody can apply for ESTA themselves.
What do I need to apply for an ESTA?
When you are requesting an ESTA, you will need:
- A credit card or PayPal account to pay $21 for your ESTA application
- A passport
- A photo of your passport that you will need to upload
How long do I need to have left on my passport?
Do you have a UK passport and are you travelling with an ESTA? To enter the United States, your passport must be valid up to and including the day that you are due to leave. To avoid problems in unexpected situations, like a missed or cancelled flight or illness, it’s more realistic to travel with a passport that has a longer validity period. Also, every traveller, including children and babies, must have their own passport. (This information was last updated on October 12th, 2023).
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