Explore the USA with Ease: A Complete Guide to the USA Tourist Visa for Danish Nationals

The allure of the United States as a travel destination is undeniable. From the bustling streets of New York City to the sun-soaked beaches of California, and the grandeur of the Grand Canyon to the historic landmarks in Washington, D.C., the US offers a breathtaking tapestry of experiences for any traveler. If you’re from Denmark, planning a trip to the US can be an exciting prospect, offering you a chance to immerse yourself in the diverse culture, landscape, and opportunities for adventure that the US is renowned for.

As Danish citizens, when considering a trip to the United States for tourism, pleasure, or casual business meetings, you are eligible to apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This program allows you to visit the US for up to 90 days without the need to obtain a traditional US tourist visa. Here, we provide a comprehensive guide to navigating the ESTA application process and ensuring that your trip is both memorable and hassle-free. Before we delve into the specifics, let’s explore the process of obtaining your travel authorization.

Understanding the ESTA for Danish Travelers

The ESTA is not a visa, but rather a travel authorization for citizens of VWP VWP Countries, including Denmark. Its purpose is to enhance the security of travel to the United States, and it is required for travelers arriving by air or sea. The ESTA approval is linked to your passport and is valid for two years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first, allowing for multiple entries into the US during that period.

How to Apply for an ESTA as a Dane

The process for applying for an ESTA is straightforward and entirely online, eliminating the need for in-person embassy visits or lengthy paperwork. The steps include:

  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 authorisation, 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.

Eligibility Criteria for Danes

To be eligible for an ESTA, Danish citizens must:

  • Intend to stay in the United States for 90 days or less.
  • Plan to travel to the US for tourism, certain types of business visits, or transit purposes.
  • Have a valid passport that is recognized under the VWP.
  • Have a return or onward ticket if arriving by air or sea (some exceptions apply).
  • Not pose a security or immigration risk to the United States.

It’s important to note that having an ESTA does not guarantee entry into the United States, as the final decision lies with the Customs and Border Protection officers upon arrival.

Travel Considerations and Advice

When traveling to the US, Danish citizens should keep in mind several considerations:

  • Ensure that your ESTA is valid for the entirety of your trip.
  • Check the expiration date of your passport, as it needs to be valid for your entire stay in the US.
  • Be prepared to demonstrate your intent to leave the US before your ESTA expires, usually by showing proof of your return or onward journey.
  • Stay informed about any changes in US travel policies that may affect your visit.
  • If your passport is lost or expires after you have received your ESTA authorization, you will need to reapply for a new ESTA with your new passport.

FAQ: US Tourist Visa and ESTA for Danish Nationals

Do Danes need a visa to visit the US?

For tourism, business meetings, or transit purposes up to 90 days, Danish citizens can instead apply for an ESTA under the Visa Waiver Program which is a simpler process than obtaining a tourist visa.

How long does it take to get an ESTA?

After submission, most applicants receive their ESTA within 72 hours, though we recommend applying at least 72 hours before your planned travel date.

Can I extend my stay beyond 90 days with an ESTA?

No, you cannot extend your stay beyond 90 days under the ESTA. You must depart the US within the 90-day timeframe.

What if my ESTA application is denied?

If your ESTA application is denied, you will need to apply for a traditional visa such as a B-1 or B-2 visa through the US embassy or consulate.

Can ESTA be used for multiple entries?

Yes, an ESTA is valid for multiple entries into the US, but each stay must not exceed 90 days.


Embarking on a journey to the United States is an exciting opportunity filled with endless possibilities. For Danish citizens, the ESTA offers a convenient and fast way to gain authorization to travel for shorter visits. By understanding the ESTA application process and adhering to the visa guidelines, you can ensure that your trip to the United States is as smooth as it is memorable. Pack your bags, apply for your ESTA, and get ready to explore the vibrancy and diversity that awaits you in the US.

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