Renewing Your USA Evisa as a French National

The allure of the United States as a travel destination is undeniable. French nationals frequently plan voyages to explore the sprawling metropolises, immerse themselves in cultural hotspots, and revel in the natural beauty that the US has to offer. The convenience of exploring this diverse country has been greatly enhanced for those eligible for visa-free travel under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). But what happens when your permission to travel under this program nears its expiration? Understanding the process for renewing a US visa or reapplying for travel authorization via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is essential for ensuring a seamless continuation of your US adventures.

Understanding the ESTA for French Nationals

Before delving into renewal specifics, it’s critical to distinguish between a visa and an ESTA. French nationals, being part of the VWP, typically do not need a visa for short tourist or business visits to the United States. Instead, they may apply here for an ESTA, granting them permission to travel to the US for up to 90 days at a time.

When to Consider Renewing Your US Visa or ESTA

For French citizens contemplating a return trip to the United States, it’s important to check the status of your current authorization. Here’s what you need to know about renewal:

  • If you possess a US visa, you should begin the renewal process well in advance of its expiration date.
  • An ESTA, on the other hand, is valid for two years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. If your ESTA has expired, or you’ve obtained a new passport, you must reapply.

Let’s further examine the step-by-step process of renewing or reapplying for your ESTA.

Steps to Reapply for an ESTA as a French Citizen

Renewing your ESTA is essentially a matter of reapplication, as there is no formal ‘renewal’ process. The steps are simple and straightforward:

  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 find yourself in a situation where you need your ESTA quickly, we offer expedited processing options. Just select your preferred add-on at checkout.

Eligibility Considerations for Reapplying

When reapplying for an ESTA, French travelers must meet certain requirements:

  • Your purpose of travel must be for tourism, business, short-term medical treatment, or transit.
  • You plan to stay in the United States for 90 days or less.
  • You are a citizen of a VWP country. To check if your nationality is on the list, visit our detailed overview of VWP Countries.
  • You currently do not possess a visitor’s visa.
  • Your passport must be an e-passport with a digital chip containing biometric info.

Meeting these criteria is essential to ensure successful ESTA reapplication, which saves time and effort compared to applying for a visa.

FAQs About Renewing Your US Visa or ESTA as a French National

We understand that you might have additional questions about this reapplication process, so here are some quick answers to frequently asked questions:

Can I renew my ESTA before it expires?

Yes, you can apply for a new ESTA even before your current one expires. It’s advisable to do this well in advance of any planned travel.

Is there any difference in the application process for renewing an ESTA?

No, the application process remains the same whether it’s your first time or a subsequent reapplication.

What if my passport has changed since my last ESTA?

You must apply for a new ESTA. An ESTA is electronically linked to your passport, so any changes to your passport details require a new application.

Do I need to print out my ESTA for travel?

While it is not a requirement, having a printout of your ESTA can serve as a reference and provide peace of mind during your travels.


Renewing your travel authorization to the United States doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With clear guidelines and an efficient online application process, French citizens can reapply for their ESTA with ease. Whether it’s your first visit or a return journey, ensuring that your travel documentation is up to date will set the stage for a stress-free travel experience to the United States.

Remember, the key to a smooth trip is preparation. Always check the validity of your ESTA well ahead of your travel dates, and reach out to us if you require assistance during the application process. Safe travels and enjoy your trip to the US!

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