Renewing Your ESTA: A Danish Traveler’s Guide to USA Visa Requirements

Welcome to the land of opportunities, where the melding of cultures and the pursuit of dreams has always been a hallmark. Traveling to the United States offers a rich tapestry of experiences, from the sprawling urban landscapes of New York City and Los Angeles to the breathtaking natural wonders like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park. As a Danish citizen looking to return to the US, ensuring that your travel documentation is up-to-date is crucial. Here, we’ll guide you through renewing your US visa, or more precisely, your ESTA, as a Danish national to make your next visit as smooth as possible.

Danes are privileged to be part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which means that travel to the United States for tourism, business, or while in transit for up to 90 days at a time doesn’t require a traditional visa but an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization). The ESTA application process is straightforward and can be completed online with ease. Here’s what you need to know to ensure your travel plans remain on track.

Understanding the ESTA for Danes

The ESTA is not a visa but a travel authorization for citizens of VWP countries like Denmark. It’s required for entering the United States by air or sea and must be obtained prior to boarding your flight or vessel. The ESTA is valid for two years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. Within that period, you can make multiple visits to the US without reapplying, as long as each stay doesn’t exceed 90 days.

ESTA Renewal Process for Danish Nationals

If your ESTA has expired or will soon expire, renewing it is an essential step before your travel. The renewal process is similar to the initial application:

  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 72 hours. 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.

Eligibility for ESTA Renewal

Before you start the renewal process, ensure you are still eligible for the ESTA under the VWP. Danish citizens will need:

  • A valid e-passport with an electronic chip containing bio-metric information.
  • Reach the criteria for short-term stays (90 days or less) for tourism, business, or transit purposes.
  • Not have a visitor’s visa already.
  • Not have violated the terms of any previous admissions to the United States.

Step-By-Step Guide for Renewing Your ESTA

Step 1: Check Your Passport Validity

Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States. It’s essential to ensure your passport has the necessary validity before applying for an ESTA renewal.

Step 2: Fill Out the Online Application

Complete the online application form with your biographic and passport information, as well as answer questions related to eligibility and security.

Step 3: Review and Submit Your Application

Ensure all the information provided is correct. Submission of incorrect details can lead to delays or even denial of your ESTA.

Step 4: Make the Payment

Pay the associated fee using our secure payment method.

Step 5: Receive Confirmation

Once your application is approved, you’ll receive your ESTA via email. Print it out or have a digital copy ready for when you travel.

Frequently Asked Questions

When Should I Renew My ESTA?

You should renew your ESTA at least 72 hours before your travel date, but it’s recommended to apply as soon as you start planning your trip to avoid any unforeseen delays.

Can I Renew My ESTA If My Passport Has Changed?

If you have a new passport, you must apply for a new ESTA as it is electronically linked to the passport number you used for your previous application.

What If My ESTA Application Is Denied?

If your ESTA renewal application is denied, you may need to apply for a visa at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.


In summary, renewing your ESTA as a Danish citizen is a swift and straightforward process. The key is to ensure your eligibility and to complete the online process accurately. With your ESTA renewed, you’ll once again be ready to explore the diverse and vibrant tapestry that is the United States. Safe travels, and we look forward to making your journey to the US as seamless as possible.

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