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Important Update Regarding ESTA

The application form for the Visa Waiver Program changed near the end of 2014.  We’ve provided a quick checklist of documents and information required during the application process.

As of November of 2014, the Department of Homeland Security has established new requirements for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) application. All travellers from eligible Visa Waiver Program countries must provide the new required information. It is still a much preferable process than obtaining the traditional non-immigrant visa to visit the United States – so, for this we remain thankful. The application takes just a few more minutes of your time, and remains open to travellers 24-hours online. The result is enhanced security and peace of mind when travelling outside your country.

Take note, below are the new required pieces of information. Being prepared with the required information will make the process simple and without troubles.

  • Names of Parents. This can be your biological parents or in some cases the names of your adopted parents or step-parents.
  • Other known names or known aliases. This may not be applicable to everyone who applies.
  • Exact city of birth.
  • Declaration of 2nd or 3rd citizenship countries. You will need your passports for this entry.
  • National Identification Numbers. – This is only applicable to citizens of countries like Belgium, Chile, Germany, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and South Korea to name a few.  This may not be applicable to all travellers.
  • Detailed contact information for the traveller.
  • Contact person in the case of an emergency. This may be someone in or outside the United States.
  • Points of contact and detailed information while in the United States. This may be the hotel or person you are visiting.

Our site remains at the disposal of customers and patrons for assistance and questions throughout the process. Please continue to check for more information and posts regarding this new process.

As always, safe travels.

Travelling to the United States? Do you have your pre-planning checklist in order? Visit our ESTA Guide for more information about obtaining your travel permit. We'd love to hear from you. Send us your comments or questions for travel assistance.