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Frequently asked questions

  1. What is an ESTA entry permit?

  2. Who needs an ESTA entry permit?

  3. My ESTA application has been granted, is entering the USA guaranteed to me?

  4. Is the entry permit comparable to a US visa?

  5. How long is the ESTA valid for?

  6. Is there a time limit how long before my trip I should apply for the ESTA?

1. What is an ESTA entry permit?

The ESTA travel permit allows visa-free entry into the United States of America to nationals of countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program. This must be applied for before the travel to the USA. The travel authorization is issued and approved by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Customs and Border Protection Authority, and checks whether the applicant is entitled to visa-free entry with the Visa Waiver Program.

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2. Who needs an ESTA entry permit?

All nationals of one of the participating countries for visa-free travel (Visa Waiver Program - VWP) which wish to travel by air or sea to the United States of America.

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3. My ESTA application has been granted, is entering the USA guaranteed to me?

No - it is only the proof that you are entitled to participate in the visa-free travel, the official at the Border Control decides, whether or not you are allowed to enter the US.

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4. Is the ESTA entry permit comparable to a US visa?

No, the electronic procedure does not replace a US visa. Please also note that a valid ESTA allows you to enter only for tourism or business activities.

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5. How long is the ESTA valid for?

From the issuance exactly 2 years, or up to the expiration of the passport (likewise the ESTA extinguishes, for example, if your name changes because of wedding)

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6. Is there a time limit how long before my trip I should apply for the ESTA?

An ESTA can be placed until shortly before departure, but it is strongly recommended to submit the ESTA application at least 72 hours before departure.

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