USA: Checklist for a Successful Evisa Application

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The excitement of planning a trip to the United States is often paired with the necessity to handle travel documentation—a crucial step to ensuring a seamless journey. If you’re a hopeful traveler from one of the VWP countries, securing an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) is an indispensable part of your travel preparations. Here’s a helpful checklist to ensure the success of your ESTA application, so you can focus on the delights of exploring the U.S., from the bustling streets of New York City to the serene landscapes of the Grand Canyon.

Understanding the ESTA

Before we delve into the checklist, let’s understand what an ESTA is. The ESTA is not a visa but a travel authorization for citizens of VWP countries who plan to enter the United States for tourism, business, transit, or medical reasons. It’s an automated system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

The ESTA Application Checklist

Ensuring a successful ESTA application involves a series of straightforward steps. Let us guide you through this process:

Eligibility Criteria

  • Ensure you’re a citizen of a VWP country.
  • Your trip must be for 90 days or less.
  • You plan to visit for business, pleasure, or are in transit.

Valid Passport

  • A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the U.S. (Unless exempted by country-specific agreements).
  • The passport must also be an e-Passport with a digital chip containing biometric info.

Application Timing

  • Apply at least 72 hours before your travel. However, it’s wise to apply as early as possible in case of any unforeseen delays or additional information requests.

Completing the Application Form

  • Fill out the online application form accurately. Any discrepancies can cause delays or denials.
  • Have your passport and other necessary information handy to avoid errors.
  • Double-check all the information before submission, especially passport numbers and personal data.

Payment Method

  • Submit and pay for your application. We accept a variety of payment methods for your convenience.

After Submission

Once you’ve submitted your application, you can expect to receive your ESTA via email within 72 hours. In most cases, the authorization is granted swiftly, but it’s essential to check your status to avoid any misunderstandings. If you require your ESTA urgently, we provide expedited processing options at checkout for your convenience.

Remember This Before Traveling

An approved ESTA is not a guarantee of admission into the United States. The final decision lies with the Customs and Border Protection officers at the port of entry. Also, your ESTA is valid for two years, or until your passport expires (whichever comes first), and allows for multiple entries into the U.S.

FAQs About the ESTA Application

What if my application is denied?

If your ESTA application is denied, you have the option to apply for a visa through the usual channels at your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Can I update my information after submitting the application?

Some information can be updated post submission, but crucial details such as your name, date of birth, gender, country of citizenship, or your passport details, cannot be changed once submitted. In such cases, you would need to submit a new application.

Do children need an ESTA?

Yes, accompanied and unaccompanied children alike require their own ESTA.


Obtaining an ESTA is a necessary step for visa waiver travelers wishing to step into the diverse landscapes and cultures of the United States. Follow this straightforward checklist and apply in time to ensure your American holiday starts without a hitch. For a hassle-free application process, simply apply here and get ready for your U.S. adventure.

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