eVisa: Traveling to the USA with a Danish Passport.

The United States, with its diverse landscapes, vibrant cities, and cultural richness, is a top destination for Danes seeking an unforgettable travel experience. Whether it’s exploring iconic landmarks, immersing in American culture, or conducting business in the world’s largest economy, the U.S. has something for everyone. 

However, before you embark on your journey, it’s crucial to understand the visa requirements, especially if you’re planning a short visit. For Danish passport holders, the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) provides a convenient avenue to enter the U.S. without a traditional visa.

Understanding ESTA for Danish citizens

What is an ESTA?

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is an online system that determines the eligibility of visitors from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries, including Denmark, to travel to the U.S. without obtaining a visa. It’s essential to note that an approved ESTA does not guarantee entry but serves as a pre-screening process.

Do Danish citizens Need an ESTA?

Yes, Danish citizens traveling to the U.S. for short stays (up to 90 days) for tourismbusiness, or transit purposes are required to obtain an approved ESTA before boarding their flight.

How to Apply for an ESTA:

  1. Complete the online application form. It takes about 10 minutes. Make sure to have your passport handy. 
  2. Submit and pay for your application. 
  3. Your ESTA will be emailed to you within 72 hours. Expedited processing options are available if you need your ESTA in a hurry. 

How Long is an ESTA Valid?

An approved ESTA is generally valid for two years from the date of approval or until the expiration of your passport, whichever comes first. You can use the same ESTA for multiple trips within this period.

What Information is Required for the Application?

  • Passport details
  • Travel itinerary
  • Contact information
  • Employment information (if applicable)


1. Can I Apply for an ESTA Last Minute?

While ESTA approvals often happen quickly, it’s advisable to apply at least 72 hours before your departure to account for any unexpected delays.

2. Is an ESTA Different from a Visa?

Yes, an ESTA is not a visa. It is a travel authorization that allows you to enter the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program. If your visit exceeds 90 days or involves activities not allowed under the VWP, you’ll need to apply for a visa.

3. Can I Apply for an ESTA If I Have a Criminal Record?

In most cases, a minor criminal record may not disqualify you from obtaining an ESTA. However, it’s crucial to answer all questions truthfully on the application to avoid complications.

4. Do Children Need an Individual ESTA?

Yes, each traveler, regardless of age, must have a separate and approved ESTA, including infants.

In conclusion, traveling to the U.S. with a Danish passport is an exciting prospect, and the ESTA process adds convenience to your journey. By understanding the requirements and following the steps outlined in this guide, you can ensure a smooth entry into the U.S., allowing you to make the most of your American adventure. Safe travels!

**As of June 2022 there is no longer a mandate for travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID upon arrival.**

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