Essential Guide: ESTA or Visa Requirements for Estonian Travelers to the USA

For Estonian travelers dreaming of the vast landscapes, bustling cities, and cultural tapestry that make up the United States, understanding the requirements for entry is as important as planning your itinerary. As you prepare for your journey to the ‘Land of the Free’, the choice between applying for an ESTA or a visa is a crucial one. The allure of destinations like the winding streets of San Francisco, the monumental grandeur of the Grand Canyon, and the historical richness of Boston is enough to make anybody eager to ensure their travel documents are in order.

The US offers a unique blend of travel experiences, from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to the serene beaches of Hawaii. Whether it’s for business or pleasure, making sure you have the right authorization is key to a hassle-free travel experience. For eligible countries under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), including Estonia, the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) offers a streamlined process to obtain travel authorization. But when should an Estonian traveler choose an ESTA over a visa? Let’s explore the details.

Understanding the ESTA for Estonian Travelers

The ESTA is designed for citizens of VWP countries who wish to visit the United States for tourism, business, or while in transit for up to 90 days. Estonian nationals can benefit from this program as it’s much more efficient than applying for a conventional visa. Not only is the application form straightforward, but the entire process is online, making it accessible and convenient.

Here’s how to apply for your ESTA:

  • Fill out our easy-to-use online application form. The application takes about 10 minutes. Make sure to have your passport handy.
  • Submit & Pay for your application. We accept all payment types. PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay & Credit Card.
  • 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.

When to Apply for a Visa Instead of an ESTA

Although the ESTA is convenient, there are certain circumstances where an Estonian traveler will need to apply for a visa instead:

  • If you intend to stay for more than 90 days,
  • If you plan to engage in activities that are not permitted under the VWP, such as permanent employment or study,
  • If you have been denied entry to the US before, or
  • If you have previously violated the terms of your admission to the US.

If any of the above apply, you’ll need to apply for the appropriate visa type based on the purpose of your visit.

FAQs for Estonian Travelers Regarding the ESTA and Visas

Is Everyone from Estonia eligible for an ESTA?

No, not everyone from Estonia is eligible for an ESTA. Individuals who hold dual nationality with Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria, or have traveled to certain countries after March 1, 2011, may be barred from using the VWP and, therefore, an ESTA. In such cases, they would need to apply for a visa.

Can I Renew My ESTA?

An ESTA is valid for two years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. You cannot renew an ESTA, but you can easily reapply for a new one through our website.

What Should I Do If My ESTA Application is Denied?

If your ESTA application is denied, you should apply for a B2 Tourism visa or a B1 Business visa, depending on the purpose of your trip.

How Do I Know if My ESTA is still valid?

You can check the status of your ESTA on our website at any time.


Estonian travelers looking to enjoy all that the US has to offer should take advantage of the convenience provided by the ESTA under the VWP. It’s designed to make short-term travel simpler and more accessible. Remember, start your journey the right way by ensuring you have the proper travel authorization. Trust in us to make the process of obtaining your ESTA swift and peaceful, allowing you to focus on the excitement that awaits in the United States.

If you’re ready to start the process, or simply need more information, visit our website today to apply for your ESTA or learn more about the requirements for Estonians traveling to the US.

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