If you like road trip adventures and would like to expirience one abroad, keep in mind that preparations for such expirience will cost you a lot of time, nerves and money. Not only do you have to gather all the necessary documents to enter the county you have choosen to visit, but you also have to check out will your driving licence be valid in that country. It`s also smart (but not madatory) to obtain an International Driver`s Permit, in case your driving licence doesn`t contain a photograph or it`s written in foregin languange. And it`s, of course, very important always to carry your foregin driving licence and IDP with yourself. If you`re planing to visit the United States, things can get less complicated with ESTA travel authorisation.
What does ESTA stands for?
ESTA stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorisation, a pre-authorisation check that helps US security services to determine your eligbility in order to strenghten the security of traveling to the US under the Visa Waiver Program. VWP allows citizent`s of 38 countries to travel to the US withoth a visa. Althgouh it`s not a visa, it allows you to travel for tourism or buisiness as for 90 days or less. Note that ESTA doesn` guarantee entry to the country, but rather entitles travel to the US, because the Custom and Border Protection officers have the finall word.
Who needs to apply for ESTA?
If you are interested in applying for an ESTA approval, consider this:
– you are a citizen or eligible national of one of the current VWP countries,
– you do not have a US Visitor`s Visa
– you`ll stay in the US for 90 days or less (for buisiness or pleasure only),
– you`ll arrive by plane or cruise ship
– if you`re driving from Canada or Mexico, ESTA is not necessary.
How to apply?
Applying for ESTA is a simple process that doesnt take more than a 20 minutes to complete. The web-based application involves filling out a form including you basic bioghaphical informations, passport number or any criminal convictions. It`s important to ensure that you submit accurate data at the time of seeking ESTA approval, because any incorrect data may stop you from the traveling to the US indefinitely. Application must be submited at least 72 hours prior to travel, although its usually processed instantly. ESTA authorisation is valid for two years, or until your passport expires.
Does applying costs?
If you apply diectly via the ESTA website, you will have to pay 14$ if your application is accepted. If rejected, you`ll only be charged 4$. Either way, you will need a valid credit card in order to make that payment. Note that internet is full of Mobdro companies offering to, for a certain fee, help you with ESTA application, but this is unnecessary, the form is not complicated to fill out and, with third party involvement, it will cost you much more.
Your ESTA application is denied. What now?
In worst case scenario, you may recieve Travel Not Authorised response but that doesnt mean you cant enter the US because you can try to apply for Non Imigrant Visa at your local US Embassy.