- You are required to apply for ESTA if you intend to enter the United States by air or sea, under the Visa Waiver Program. However, ESTA is not required if you are entering by land.
- The ESTA is valid for up to 2 years after issued or until the traveler’s passport expires, whichever comes first.
- Valid for multiple entries into the U.S. or for multiple connections through the U.S.
- Travelers must have their passport with at least 6 months of validity from the planned date of entry.
- If your passport was issued on or after 26th October 2005 it must have a digitally applied photograph.
- If your ESTA expires while in the US it will not affect your departure.
- You will be able to change any itinerary on a current Travel Authorization. ESTA is designed so that you can update a valid Travel Authorization. It is not necessary to have a flight booking or hotel reservation to initially apply for a Travel Authorization.
- Travelers must obtain a new ESTA authorization if s/he is issued a new passport, or changes his/her name, gender, or country of citizenship.
NOTE: Receiving ESTA authorization does not mean you may stay in the U.S. for 2 years after issued. It only allows you to travel to the U.S. under the terms of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)