Do Dutch Citizens Need a Visa for USA?

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Traveling to the United States of America presents a world of opportunities and experiences for Dutch citizens. The allure of iconic cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago combined with the stunning natural beauty found in national parks such as the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone makes the US a bucket list destination. The rich tapestry of American culture, from the southern charm and the deep-rooted history in cities like New Orleans and Washington D.C., to innovative hubs like San Francisco’s Silicon Valley, offers something for everyone. Before embarking on this adventure, it is crucial to understand the visa requirements for Dutch citizens.

As participants of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), Dutch citizens are not required to obtain a traditional visa for short visits to the United States for tourism, business, or while in transit. Instead, they can apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). An ESTA application is a much more streamlined process than applying for a visa, saving travelers time and effort.

Understanding ESTA for Dutch Citizens

ESTA is an automated system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the VWP. As such, Dutch citizens need to apply for and secure an ESTA prior to boarding a U.S-bound air or sea carrier. Here’s what you need to know about obtaining an ESTA:

  • Validity: An ESTA is valid for two years or until the passport it is linked to expires, whichever comes first.
  • Length of Stay: With an ESTA, you can stay in the US for up to 90 days per visit.
  • Multiple Entries: It allows multiple entries into the US, hence, you don’t need to apply for a new ESTA each time within its validity period.
  • While the ESTA is for short visits, any indication that you’re planning to immigrate or extend your stay could lead to entry denial.
  • Expedited Processing: If you require urgent travel authorisation, expedited processing options are available.

Step-by-Step Guide to the ESTA Application

Applying for an ESTA is a simple online procedure. Here is what Dutch citizens need to do:

  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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do Dutch citizens need an ESTA for each trip to the US?

No, an ESTA is valid for multiple trips to the US over a period of two years (or until your passport expires, if earlier).

What happens if my ESTA application is denied?

If your ESTA application is not approved, you will need to apply for a traditional US visa. This process is more detailed and requires an appointment at a US embassy or consulate.

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

No, the ESTA does not allow for stays over 90 days. If you wish to stay longer, you must seek a different visa that allows for extended stays.

Is an ESTA a guarantee of entry into the US?

An ESTA authorizes you to board a carrier bound for the US. Final admittance is still at the discretion of the Customs and Border Protection officers upon arrival.

If my passport expires, will my ESTA still be valid?

No, if your passport expires your ESTA becomes invalid, even if it is before the two-year validity period. You must obtain a new passport and reapply for an ESTA.


For Dutch citizens, enjoying the vast experiences that the United States has to offer is made more accessible with the ESTA. It provides a smooth, hassle-free way to visit the US for tourism, business or transit visits under 90 days. Remember that keeping your information up to date and understanding the regulations of the VWP are vital to ensuring a successful trip. We at eVisaUS are here to help you with the process, making your ESTA application as seamless as possible. Start your journey today, and step into the diverse landscapes and cultures that await you in the US!

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