How to Ensure a Smooth USA Family Visa Application for Swiss Citizens

Imagine the grandiosity of the United States, a country that combines diverse landscapes with sprawling urban cities, and encompasses a rich tapestry of cultures and traditions. From the iconic skyscrapers of New York City to the serene beaches of California, traveling to the US offers an adventure for every member of the family. Swiss nationals looking to experience this melting pot of experiences can do so with ease through family visa applications—here’s everything you need to know about simple and streamlined processes to ensure you and your loved ones can embark on an unforgettable American journey together.

Switzerland is one of the VWP Countries, which means Swiss citizens are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This program allows travelers from participating countries to visit the US for tourism, business, or while in transit for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa. For Swiss families planning a trip to the US, applying for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) through the VWP is the most convenient option.

What is an ESTA?

An ESTA is not a visa, but a required travel authorization for citizens of VWP countries to travel to the US without a visa for short stays. An approved ESTA is not a guarantee of admission into the United States; however, it is a prerequisite for boarding a flight or vessel bound for the US. The authorization is valid for two years or until the passport it’s linked to expires, whichever comes first. During that time, you can make multiple visits to the US without reapplying, as long as each visit is for 90 days or fewer.

How to Apply for an ESTA for Your Family

Applying for an ESTA is a straightforward process, and it’s even simpler when you’re planning for a family trip:

  1. Fill out our easy-to-use online application form. The application takes about 10 minutes. Make sure to have all family members’ passports handy.
  2. Submit & Pay for your application. We accept all payment types. PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Credit Card.
  3. Get your ESTA emailed to you within 72hrs. We’ll email you your approved travel authorization, and that’s it—you’re ready to embark on your journey to the US!

If you need your ESTA in a hurry for your family, you can choose from our two expedited processing options. Simply select your add-on at checkout.

Eligibility and Requirements for Swiss Families

When applying for an ESTA, it’s important for each family member traveling to the US to have their own ESTA approval, regardless of age. To be eligible for an ESTA:

  • You must be a citizen of a VWP country, like Switzerland.
  • You are planning to stay in the US for 90 days or fewer.
  • Your purpose of visit fits under tourism, business, or transit.
  • All applicants must have an e-passport with an embedded electronic chip.

It’s crucial that each application is accurate and truthful. Discrepancies or errors can lead to delays or even denials of an ESTA.

Family Information in the ESTA Application

For families, one point of confusion can be how to handle the application for minors or dependents. Here are the steps you should follow:

  • Each family member must have an individual ESTA application. This includes infants and children.
  • Parental consent is obviously required for minors, and parents or guardians can fill out the application on their child’s behalf.
  • Ensure all given information is exactly as it appears in the passport to avoid any issues at the border.

Preparation and Tips for Swiss Families Traveling to the USA

Prior to your travel, it’s important to:

  • Ensure that all passports are valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the US.
  • Keep a copy of your ESTA approval with your travel documents.
  • Stay informed about any travel advisories or policy changes that might affect your travel to the US.

Traveling as a family should be exciting and stress-free. With an ESTA, Swiss families can look forward to creating lifelong memories in the mosaic that is the United States. Don’t forget, our team at eVisaUS is here to assist you throughout your application journey to make sure it’s smooth and effortless.


What if my child’s passport expires soon?

Your child’s ESTA will be valid up until the passport expiry date. If the passport is renewed, a new ESTA will be required.

Can we apply as a group?

Yes, while each individual needs their own ESTA, you can submit applications as a group.

What if I make a mistake on one of the family member’s applications?

If you realize the mistake before submitting, you can easily edit the information. If the application has already been submitted, you will need to apply for a new ESTA.

We hope that this guide helps you and your family journey to the iconic landscapes and experiences awaiting in the United States. Family adventures await – and it all begins with a smooth and simple ESTA application process.

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