The Ultimate Guide to USA Travel: Renewing Your Visa for Chilean Nationals

For Chilean citizens, a trip to the United States conjures up images of sprawling cityscapes, the endless variety of cuisine, the significant landmarks, and the vast, diverse landscapes spanning from the Grand Canyon to the streets of New York. It’s no wonder that many from Chile long to return to the US after their first visit. Renewing a US visa, or rather reapplying for the Visa Waiver Program for Chileans, becomes a pertinent task when planning a subsequent trip to the United States.

To reengage with the marvels of the US, travelers from Chile can utilize the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) which permits travel to the US for tourism, business, transit, or medical reasons without a traditional visa. This streamlined process is a boon for Chileans looking forward to renewing their authorization to visit the United States.

Understanding ESTA for Chilean Travelers

Chile is one of the countries that benefits from the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which allows their citizens to travel to the US for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. Instead of a visa, travelers apply for an ESTA. Whether you’re planning to revisit familiar landscapes or explore new destinations within the US, having a valid ESTA is essential. This travel authorization is a requirement not just for air and sea travel but also applies to land border crossings.

Renewing your US visit privileges as a Chilean national means reapplying for ESTA, as the term ‘renewal’ typically applies to visas rather than the ESTA. Because this process is not automatic, it’s important to be aware of the steps involved.

Eligibility and Application Process for ESTA

Your first ESTA authorization is valid for two years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. Hence, you must reapply for ESTA if you’re planning a trip to the US after this period. Here are the simple steps to take:

  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!

If you need your ESTA in a hurry, you can choose from our two expedited processing options. Simply select your add-on at checkout.

To be eligible for ESTA, you must be a citizen of a VWP country and your trip must be for 90 days or less. It’s also essential that your passport is an e-passport with a digital chip containing biometric information. You should apply for your ESTA at least 72 hours before departing for the US, but it’s advisable to apply as soon as you begin planning your trip.

After Your ESTA Application

Once you have received confirmation of your ESTA, it’s time to start preparing for your next adventure in the United States. You should print out a copy of your ESTA authorization to bring along with you, though it is electronically linked to your passport. Be mindful that while an approved ESTA allows you to board your carrier to the US, the final admission into the country is at the discretion of Customs and Border Protection officers upon arrival.

Travel Guidelines and Tips

Always consider current travel guidelines, including any health advisories or entry requirements that may affect your travel. Practice due diligence by staying updated on any changes that could influence your trip. Additionally, consider travel insurance that covers unexpected trip cancellations or medical emergencies.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the ESTA for Chilean citizens:

Q: Can I renew my ESTA?
A: You cannot ‘renew’ an ESTA per se. When your ESTA expires, you’ll need to reapply for a new one using the same process as your initial application.

Q: What if my passport has changed since my last ESTA application?
A: If you have a new passport or your personal details have changed, you need to apply for a new ESTA with your current information.

Q: How long is my ESTA valid for?
A: An ESTA is typically valid for two years or until your passport expires. Each trip must be 90 days or less.

Q: How much does ESTA application cost?
A: The cost will include our processing fee and the ESTA application fee. This can be paid using various payment methods at our checkout.

Q: Can I extend my stay beyond 90 days with an ESTA?
A: No, the ESTA does not allow for stays beyond 90 days. You must depart and reenter if you wish to stay longer, subject to standard reentry conditions.

Q: If my ESTA is still valid, do I need to take any action before traveling to the US?
A: If your ESTA is still valid and your personal details and passport remain the same, no further action is required. However, you should check the expiration date and ensure it covers your entire trip.


Renewing your access to the United States as a Chilean citizen through the ESTA is a straightforward process, designed to ensure that your travels are seamless and enjoyable. Whether you’re returning to relive past memories or create new ones, an ESTA is your gateway to the culture, innovation, and diverse experiences that await in the US. Be sure to plan ahead and apply for your ESTA with ample time before your trip to ensure a smooth journey.

Safe travels, and we look forward to assisting you in your travel preparations for an unforgettable visit to the United States.

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