Common Mistakes Danes Make When Applying for USA Visas and How to Avoid Them

As the allure of the United States continues to beckon international travelers, Danes, much like citizens from other parts of the world, seek to explore the vibrant cities, breathtaking landscapes, and the melting pot of cultures that define the US. However, when it comes to ensuring smooth entry into the Land of the Free, the Danish travelers are not exempt from the intricacies of visa applications. Mistakes during this crucial process can lead to delays, rejections, and, ultimately, altered travel plans. It’s essential to navigate the visa application with precision, particularly if opting for the convenient Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

1. Entering Incorrect Passport Details

One of the most common mistakes Danish applicants make is entering incorrect passport details on their visa or ESTA application form. Even the slightest deviation from what is on your passport can cause issues. Before submission, double-check each detail against your passport to ensure accuracy.

2. Overlooking the Expiry Date

Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States. Overlooking this requirement could lead to an application denial. Always check your passport’s expiry date before beginning the application process.

3. Misunderstanding the Transit Visa Requirements

Travelers often assume that they do not need an ESTA if they are only transiting through the US to another destination. Danes, just like other VWP countries’ nationals, require an approved ESTA even just for transit. Ensure you have this authorization before you embark on your journey.

4. Applying Too Late

Another critical error is applying for the visa or ESTA too close to your travel date. Though ESTA applications are typically processed quickly, it’s advisable to apply at least 72 hours before your departure. If you require your ESTA sooner, consider the expedited processing options available during the application process.

5. Failing to Update Information

If you’ve recently changed your name, nationality, or gender, or your previous ESTA has expired, ensure you apply for a new one. The same goes for if you obtain a new passport. Failing to update this information can result in denied entry or boarding.

Applying for an ESTA as a Dane

If you’re a Danish citizen looking to visit the US for 90 days or less for tourism, business, or while in transit, you can avoid the hassle of a traditional visa application by opting for an ESTA through the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Applying for an ESTA is a straightforward process:

  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.

FAQs for Danes Applying for a US Visa or ESTA

Can I renew my ESTA?

ESTAs are valid for two years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. You cannot renew an ESTA, but you can reapply for a new one if your current authorization has expired or your circumstances have changed.

Does an approved ESTA guarantee entry to the US?

An approved ESTA does not guarantee entry to the US. It only allows you to board a carrier bound for the US under the VWP. The final admission is granted by a Customs and Border Protection officer at the port of entry.

What if my ESTA application is denied?

If your ESTA application is denied, you may need to apply for a B-1 Business Visa or a B-2 Tourist Visa. Be sure to check the reason for denial to address any potential issues in your visa application.


For Danish citizens, paying close attention to the common pitfalls in the visa application process can pave the way for a smooth travel experience to the US. Remember to apply for your ESTA well in advance using our reliable application system and triple-check all provided information for accuracy. Safe travels and enjoy exploring all that the United States has to offer.

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