Exploring the USAA.: A Guide for Israeli Families Using Evisa for Travel

Embarking on a journey to the United States opens up a horizon of opportunities and experiences for families. Known for its wide range of cultures, landscapes, and adventures, the U.S is a destination that promises memories that will last a lifetime for every family member. Whether you’re planning to visit iconic landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and Disney World or explore the diverse cultures of cities like New York City and Los Angeles, the excitement begins with the travel preparations.

For Israelis, family vacations to the U.S. require proper travel authorization. While a traditional visa might be the first thought, the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) offers a streamlined process for those eligible under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Let’s explore the ESTA process which, albeit simple, must be navigated accurately to ensure a smooth travel experience for the entire family.

Understanding the ESTA

The ESTA is not a visa, but rather a travel authorization for citizens of VWP countries, including Israel. It allows for travel to the U.S. for tourism, certain types of business visits, and transit purposes for up to 90 days without the need for a traditional visa. It’s important to understand that while the ESTA simplifies the entry process, each family member must have their own approved authorization, regardless of age.

ESTA Eligibility for Israeli Families

Israeli citizens must check their eligibility for the ESTA, and it’s essential to note that certain conditions might necessitate a different type of visa. If eligible, you are just a few steps away from securing your family’s travel authorizations.

How to Apply for ESTA as a Family

For an Israeli family preparing to travel to the U.S., here’s a guide to applying for an ESTA for each family member:

  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.

Benefits of Applying for ESTA for Families

  • Convenience: The ESTA application process is fully online, saving families the hassle of visiting an embassy or consulate.
  • Economy: The cost of an ESTA is generally lower than a traditional visa, which can be significant for a family traveling together.
  • Multiple Entries: An approved ESTA is typically valid for two years, or until the passport expires, whichever comes first, and allows for multiple entries into the U.S.

Commonly Asked Questions by Israeli Families

When it comes to travel, questions inevitably arise, especially when arranging a family trip. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions by Israeli families about the ESTA:

Can I Apply for ESTA for My Whole Family at Once?

No, each family member must have their own ESTA application submitted. However, it’s possible to complete the applications in succession to ensure that all information is consistent and to streamline the process.

What If One of My Family Members is Not Eligible for ESTA?

If a family member is not eligible for the ESTA, they must apply for the appropriate visa. Reasons for ineligibility can include a past visa denial or other disqualifying factors.

How Long is the ESTA Valid For?

The ESTA is valid for two years from the date of approval or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. During this period, you can make multiple short visits to the U.S.

What If My Child Is a Minor, Do They Need an ESTA?

Yes, children of all ages require an ESTA or a visa to travel to the U.S., irrespective of whether they hold their own passport or not.


For Israeli families looking forward to their American holiday, the ESTA provides a convenient and cost-effective way to gain travel authorization. With individual applications for each family member, a commitment to accuracy during the application process, and the anticipation of memories to be made, the adventure begins with the assurance that the necessary travel formalities are taken care of. Armed with your ESTA, the U.S. awaits with open arms, diverse experiences, and the promise of a family trip filled with joy and exploration.

Should you have more specific questions or need further assistance with your family’s ESTA applications, our dedicated support team is here to guide you every step of the way. Safe travels and happy journey to you and your loved ones!

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