eVisa: Traveling to the USA from Singapore

Embarking on a journey to the United States is an exciting prospect. The US offers an unparalleled travel experience with a vast array of destinations that cater to every taste and interest, from the bustling streets of New York City to the serene landscapes of Yellowstone National Park. Before booking your trip from Singapore to the US, it’s critical to understand the visa requirements to ensure a smooth travel experience. Singaporean travelers benefit from the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which allows them to apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) for short-term visits.

If you are a Singaporean passport holder, an ESTA can make your US travel plans more straightforward, bypassing the need for a traditional visa. Read on to grasp the essential details on how to plan your travel to the USA from Singapore, focusing on visa requirements and the ESTA application process.

Understanding the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

The VWP VWP is a program by the United States government that allows citizens from certain countries, including Singapore, to travel to the US for tourism, business, or while in transit for up to 90 days without a visa. An important component of the VWP is the requirement to obtain an ESTA before traveling. The ESTA is not a visa; it is an automated system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the US under the VWP and whether such travel poses any law enforcement or security risks.

Am I Eligible for an ESTA?

To be eligible for an ESTA, travelers must:

  • Hold a passport from a VWP country
  • Plan to stay in the United States for 90 days or less
  • Travel for tourism, certain types of business, or while in transit
  • Have a return or onward ticket if arriving by air or sea
  • Arrive via a VWP-compliant carrier

Educating Yourself on the ESTA Process

As a Singaporean traveler, you will need to complete the ESTA application process before your trip to the United States. The process is straightforward, and here’s how it unfolds:

  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.

Prepare for your USA Trip

Once the ESTA is out of the way, it’s time to start planning the details of your trip. Make sure to consider:

  • Accommodations: the US offers a variety of lodging choices from luxury hotels to budget-friendly hostels and everything in between.
  • Itinerary: from sightseeing in urban landscapes to exploring national parks, the US is full of experiences waiting for you.
  • Local Laws and Customs: understanding these can help you avoid any unwanted surprises and make your trip much more enjoyable.
  • Transport: Think about how you will get around. The US is best traversed with a plan, whether you’re using public transportation, rideshares, or renting a car.

FAQs About ESTA for Singaporeans

How Long is an ESTA Valid For?

An ESTA is generally valid for two years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. During that period, you can make multiple visits to the United States without having to re-apply, as long as each visit is for 90 days or less.

Can an ESTA be Extended?

No, an ESTA cannot be extended. If your ESTA expires, you will simply need to re-apply for a new one.

Is an ESTA a Guarantee of Admission?

While an ESTA approval is required to board a conveyance bound for the United States under the VWP, it does not guarantee admission. Upon arrival, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers will determine your admissibility.

What If I Plan to Work in the US?

The ESTA is for tourism, business meetings, and in transit visits only. If you plan to work in the US, you will need to apply for a different type of visa.


Visiting the U.S. from Singapore is an aventurous undertaking with many modern marvels and historic treasures to explore, and with the help of an ESTA, your travel planning can be less cumbersome. Remember, start your ESTA application process early to ensure you have all necessary travel authorizations in hand before your departure. Embrace the diversity and the vast opportunities awaiting you in the United States, with the confidence that your travel documentation is in order.

Should you need any assistance during your application, our friendly team is always here to help ensure your travel plans are seamless and enjoyable.

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