ESTA BLOG

New normal of US air travel
30Jun2020

Coronavirus and the new normal of US travel

What changes can ESTA traveler expects as air and cruise travel implements new safety measures 


30 June 2020 – The world is settling into a new normal as countries have finally begun to reopen their economies and their borders once again. Since the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic the travel industry and travellers are settling in to a new normal. The airline and cruise industries look to a future of safety in the wake of coronavirus. And travellers with… READ MORE
Coronavirus and UK travellers flying to US
11May2020

COVID-19 News – Lifting restrictions in the UK and the US

ESTA travel news: coronavirus updates on travel restrictions from Europe and what to expect in the US and UK through latter 2020


10 May 2020 – Since mid-March travel restrictions due to the 2019 novel coronavirus, SARS Cov 2, have affected travel from the UK, the European Union and beyond. The travel ban applies to leisure and business visitors including ESTA approved travellers entering the country with approval of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). There are no concrete… READ MORE
COVID-19 impacts UK travel to the USA
24Mar2020

Top 10 FAQ about COVID-19 and US Travel Ban

US imposes short-term travel ban for UK, Ireland to stem the immigration effect of the COVID-19 pandemic

 

24 March 2020 – The world it seems is on pause. COVID-19, or SARS-CoV-2, caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus that emerged in the latter part 2019, has for now halted much international travel. The United States, like many countries has instituted a travel ban which temporarily denies entry to foreign visitors from the United Kingdom, Ireland, and theREAD MORE
The Washington Monument at The National Mall
10Mar2020

Top US Monuments - ESTA Travel from the United Kingdom

Discover our hand-picked favourite top US National Monuments and Memorials, in the continental United States and Alaska, for Visa Waiver Programme travellers


ESTA, the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, allows for visa-free travel from the UK to the United States. Even better, ESTA approval as part of the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) features a 90-day limit per visit so you can tour about and get to know some of America’s most beloved landmarks while embarking on a… READ MORE
prohibited items entering us
06Feb2020

ESTA Travel - Prohibited items when entering the US

Learn about restricted and prohibited items when visiting the United States under the Visa Waiver Programme


You may know, the Electronic Travel Authorisation System (ESTA), as part of the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), offers the convenience of visa-free travel to the United States. And its flexible 90-day limit for stays make it an easy choice for savvy travellers. But, do you know what items are restricted for import into the country? Perhaps you will be visiting your best… READ MORE
online-esta-application
10Dec2019

ESTA Timeline: Application, Duration and Validity

Understanding the timeline of procedures for ESTA to ensure seamless travel to the U.S.
 

Last month, hundreds of UK travellers were unable to fly to the USA due to a problem with the ESTA application system. As you would expect, this resulted in significant outrage and many disappointed holidaymakers, so here we will look at how this can be avoided so that you never find yourself in the same situation.

What happened?

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connecting-flights-usa-esta
06Nov2019

Connecting flights to and within the USA – What you need to know

One thing that all Visa Waiver Programme member countries have in common is that they are a long way away from the United States! This means that, although direct routes are certainly available, sometimes your only option is to take multiple flights. Here we will take a look at what a connecting flight means for your journey when you’re visiting the USA with your ESTA.

 

If you are going to the United States from the United

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Automated-Kiosk
07Oct2019

Automated kiosks at the United States airports

When you travel to the USA with ESTA, many airports give you the opportunity to speed up the process thanks to Automated Passport Control. This is a quick and easy procedure that makes your journey under the Visa Waiver Programme even easier. So let’s look at how it works…

 

If you’ve ever travelled to the USA before, you’re probably familiar with the moment that the in-flight crew pass through the cabin handing out customs declarations

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esta-visa-offences
03Sep2019

Minor offences and travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme

When travelling to the USA under the Visa Waiver Programme, it is important to know what the grounds for inadmissibility are when it comes to having committed minor offences in the past.

 

A British tourist was recently turned away upon arrival in the USA when customs officials found an old text message about cocaine on her phone. This occurred when she and a friend travelled to Los Angeles, and were taken aside for further questioning when

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esta-uk-usa
02Aug2019

Planning a Trip to the USA during this summer with your ESTA Authorisation?

The summer is in full swing and and that means a lot more holidaymakers crossing the skies to embark on their summer breaks. As a hugely popular travel destination amongst Brits, the USA sees an influx of tourists throughout this time, which includes hikes in flight and accommodation prices and busier airports. Busier airports mean longer waiting times.


So, what can you expect when travelling to the USA this summer?

 

Let’s start with

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ESTA-Visa-Overstay
12Jul2019

Exceeding the 90 day limit of the ESTA

Everyone who travels to the USA, either on a visa or with an ESTA, has an authorised period of time that they can spend there. With visas this varies according to its type, and with ESTA this period is always 90 days. Here we will take a look at what it means to overstay this authorisation period and the implications.

 

Last month, President Trump issued a presidential memorandum on ‘Combatting High Non-immigrant Overstay Rates’…

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esta-jolt-act-change
27Jun2019

Rebranding the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA)

The UK, along with 37 other countries, already benefit from membership of the US Visa Waiver Programme. This programme allows their citizens to apply for a visa waiver known as ‘ESTA’, with which they can travel to the USA for work or leisure, for up to 90 days at a time. This is a much cheaper and faster alternative to traditional US visas. Though the programme is well-established, there is currently a large effort to revamp and rebrand it… READ MORE
ESTA-Travel-Insurance
15May2019

Which travel insurance should you buy when visiting the USA? What to know when travelling with the ESTA in 2019

Are you planning an idyllic romantic trip to Cape Cod with your partner? Or perhaps going white-water rafting in Colorado? With springtime upon us, plenty of travelers consider the United States as a destination. ESTA allows citizens of the 38 Visa Waiver Program member countries to travel to the USA without a visa, which entails a world of opportunity. Here we’ll look at why insurance is a good idea when visiting this vast country…

 

No matter

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ESTA-Brand-USA
20Feb2019

Brand USA Travel Week to be held in London this September

Brand USA is a private-public organisation that promotes the USA as a destination, both for travel and business, that has existed since 2010. This year marks the first edition of ‘Brand USA Travel Week’, which will come to London in September to promote tourism and business prospects to the United Kingdom and Europe as a whole.

 

Brand USA also works as a source of information, informing travellers on visa and entry policies. Naturally, a large part…

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ESTA-Thanksgiving-USA
13Nov2018

Thanksgiving in the USA with ESTA

That magical time of the year is upon us as we’re fully immersed in the Autumn; it is time to start preparing for Thanksgiving! Although it is always a good time to demonstrate gratitude, carving out a specific day (as well as a turkey) to do so helps set not just a reminder on the calendar, but also enables friends and family to plan ahead and get together, in order to celebrate whatever luck we’ve had in the past year.

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