Visa Duration and Validity for Austrians Travelling to the United States

Traveling to the United States is a dream for many, with its diverse cultures, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cities. Whether you are from Austria or another VWP country, planning your trip includes understanding the essentials of visa duration and validity to ensure a worry-free stay. As Austrians enjoy the benefits of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), securing the necessary travel authorization, like the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), is a mandatory step before embarking on your journey.

The beauty of the ESTA is that it simplifies entering the USA for tourism, business, or transit purposes. However, it’s not just about obtaining it; it’s about knowing how long you can stay and what the validity period is. Let’s clarify these details so you can focus on enjoying iconic destinations such as the Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty, and the bustling streets of cities like New York and Los Angeles.

Understanding ESTA for Austrians

First things first, before you start packing your bags, make sure you have a valid authorization to enter the states. Austrians, like citizens of other VWP countries, can apply for an ESTA following these steps:

  1. Fill out our easy-to-use online application form. The application takes about 10 minutes. Make sure to have your passport handy.
  2. Submit & Pay for your application. We accept all payment types. PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay & Credit Card.
  3. Get your ESTA emailed to you within 72hrs. We’ll email you your approved travel authorization and that’s it, you’re ready to go!

Now let’s delve into the specifics of ESTA validity and the length of stay for Austrian citizens.

ESTA Validity and Admission Period for Austrians

Austrian citizens who have been approved for an ESTA can expect a validity period of two years, or until the passport associated with it expires, whichever comes first. This allows for multiple entries into the United States, making it flexible for frequent travelers. Despite this flexibility, each visit to the U.S. should not exceed 90 days.

It is important to note that the 90-day limit is strict, and staying beyond this period can jeopardize your ESTA status and future travel to the U.S. For those who need to stay for a period longer than 90 days, a different type of visa must be acquired that aligns with the purpose and length of your stay.

Do’s and Don’ts During Your Stay

While on an ESTA in the USA,

  • Do: Ensure that you abide by the terms of your admission. Stick to activities that are allowed under the ESTA, such as tourism, visiting friends or family, attending conferences or short courses, and business meetings.
  • Do: Keep track of your departure date. The 90-day limit includes arrival and departure days, so make sure to plan your trip accordingly.
  • Do not: Engage in work for hire, enroll in a full-time study program, or seek long-term residency. The ESTA is not the correct visa for these purposes.
  • Do not: Overstay. This could have severe consequences, including being barred from using the VWP in the future.

What If Your Passport Expires?

If the passport that is linked to your ESTA expires, the ESTA also expires, regardless of the two-year validity period. It is essential to maintain a valid passport and, if needed, reapply for an ESTA with your new passport details.

Renewing or Extending Your ESTA

You cannot extend your ESTA once you are in the U.S. If you wish to renew your ESTA for future travels, you will need to apply for a new one before your current ESTA or passport expires. This process is the same as the initial application and can be done quickly and conveniently online.


Q: Can I reenter the U.S. immediately after leaving?
A: Short trips to Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean do not “reset” the 90-day limit. It’s advisable to wait for an extended period before reentering the U.S. to avoid the appearance of trying to extend your stay artificially.

Q: What if my ESTA application is denied?
A: If your application is denied, you will need to apply for a regular visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Q: Can my ESTA be revoked?
A: Yes, an ESTA can be revoked if you no longer meet the requirements for visa-free travel or if you violate the terms of your admission.


Understanding the duration and validity of your travel authorization is crucial for a hassle-free visit to the United States. For Austrians under the VWP, an ESTA offers a convenient means to experience the rich tapestry of American culture and attractions, provided that all guidelines are followed.

Always plan ahead and remain aware of your travel authorization’s status. We are here to help you with your travels, making the application process for your ESTA as smooth as possible. Safe travels!

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