ESTA BLOG

american-customs-in-the-usa
17Apr2021

American customs: what to expect while travelling in the US

Unique American customs and cultural differences from the UK

While citizens of the United States and the United Kingdom may speak the same language, there are many unique customs and cultural differences to be discovered and enjoyed. UK travellers to the US gain fresh perspectives and new experiences related to social interactions, entertainment, food, and other elements of daily life. For a first-time traveller to the states, learning about US-American customs can facilitate smoother interactions and greater pleasure…

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Visit Vermont with ESTA
13Mar2021

ESTA US Travel: Understanding the two-year validity

Know the variables that determine how long an ESTA is valid for travel

Travel with the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) is a convenient option for UK citizens planning a trip to the United States. The Electronic System for Travel Authorisation, the ESTA is an electronic visa waiver with a streamlined application process, fast approval, and convenient 2-year validity. It is important to understand the parameters of travel under the VWP and the variables that determine the visa…

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Top 5 benefits of the ESTA for US travel
06Feb2021

Top 5 benefits of ESTA for UK travellers

Enjoy these benefits with visa-free US travel

The Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) was designed for convenient travel to the United States. The Electronic System of Travel Authorisation (ESTA ) has many benefits for citizens of participating countries. Some of include skipping the in-depth visa application process, fast and convenient acceptance into the programme, personalized assistance, and the simplicity of travel with an electronic aurhorization. Read on to find out how to enjoy the benefits of travel with ESTA

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When is it time to reapply for ESTA
03Jan2021

Do I need a new ESTA for visa-free USA travel?

Important checks to confirm if you may need a new ESTA form

It may be every traveller’s nightmare to arrive at the airport only to discover that their travel documentation is not valid or sufficient for a departing flight. Confirming that your existing visa-free US travel authorisation is suitable for an upcoming USA trip may be the most important step for success with the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP). Visa-free travel with ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) is…

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Croatian citizens may soon enjoy visa-free travel to the US with ESTA visa waiver.
03Dec2020

Croatia may soon join the ESTA Visa Waiver Program

New updates for the Visa Waiver Programme admitting Croatia

3 December 2020 - Thirty-four years ago, a trial program of the United States’ ESTA Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) was established by the US federal government. In 2000, the success of the programme led to its permanent status. At present, thirty-nine countries take part in the VWP. Citizens of these countries receive the benefits of a streamlined visa-free process for obtaining the required travel document to visit all 50…

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US Presidential travel proclamations and  planning your US Travel.
03Nov2020

Status: Presidential Proclamation suspending travel to the US

What are the temporary restrictions and exemptions for ESTA travellers to the US?

November 2020 Updates: Beginning in January 2020, US President Donald J. Trump signed the first proclamation to limit travel from the People’s Republic of China into the United States to halt the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. This Presidential Proclamation is entitled the Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus

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family-travel-to-usa-with-esta
08Oct2020

ESTA Travel: UK to US trip tips for children under 18

What is the protocol for travelling to the US with a child under 18?

Visiting the United States can be a wonderful experience for children. The US has an abundance of fantastic attractions, interesting places to explore, and while the language is the same, the cultural and subtle differences between the United States and the United Kingdom can be exciting and eye opening. Before embarking on this adventure, there are a few additional protocols to consider for a…

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Tips for fast ESTA application approval
02Sep2020

ESTA application tips – be authorised for visa-free US travel

Complete the ESTA application correctly for a smooth trip to the US


ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) is a document required to enter the United States under the visa waiver program (VWP). To ensure fast processing and authorisation, care should be taken so that the responses on this visa waiver application are entered correctly. Some common mistakes can be easily overlooked when completing the ESTA application. An incorrect response to the ESTA form…

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ESTA travel to Walt Disney World Orlando
24Jul2020

ESTA Travel - safety spotlight on Walt Disney World Resort

How US tourist attractions are preparing for a new normal

22 July 2020 – Although the US has yet to reopen its borders to travellers from the UK, one beacon of hope is that domestic tourism has seen a measurable uptick in the US, and in Europe many countries have begun to welcome regional visitors again. The restrictions on entry, an ESTA travel ban, is actually something the US government has had in place since mid-March… READ MORE
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 the coronavirus. And…

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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…

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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…

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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?

Periodically, changes… READ MORE
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