ESTA BLOG

01Jun2015

Relax during your flight to the US

Traveling to distant destinations is a dream that many of us share, but reaching these places means facing long hours of air travel that can be stressful and tiring, as well as nightmarish for those who are afraid of flying.

Getting to the United States from Europe involves many hours on board a plane, but with these bits of advice, the journey will "fly by", allowing you to arrive at your destination refreshed and ready for a wonderful…

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01Jun2015

Renewing your ESTA

The ESTA is the perfect way to travel to the USA without having to request a visa from the US embassy. Here, we will explain what you need to do in order to renew your ESTA once it expires.

When you receive your ESTA authorisation, which is sent to you digitally within 24 hours of your request, you are granted travel to the USA for tourism or business purposes during a period of two years. Each individual trip…

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01Jun2015

Holiday rental homes closing down in Santa Monica

Holiday homes have long been an excellent way of exploring a new place whilst avoiding hotel prices, but has this luxurious Los Angeles neighbourhood taken a step back?  

When British citizens visit the USA, we now opt more and more for holiday apartments or houses instead of hotels. In fact, the whole travel process is easier and less stressful than it used to be. Flights are more affordable and frequent, and as part of the Visa Waiver Programme…

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01Jun2015

The 4th of July - the most patriotic event in the USA

For the past 239 years there has been one day each year when every American pauses to commemorate thier homeland; a day when national pride pumps through the hearts of every citizen. On this day, the country dresses in stars and stripes, and it’s hard to find any open space that doesn’t smell of barbecues! Of course, we are talking about The Fourth of July, or Independence Day.

But what makes this date so important?

To…

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01Jun2015

Using your ESTA once you’ve ordered it

The ESTA is the golden ticket that allows citizens of countries belonging to the ‘Visa Waiver Programme’ to travel to the USA for tourism or business purposes without the need for a visa (and that includes the UK!).

In times gone by, hopeful travellers would have had to request an interview with the US embassy to be considered for a visa, which unsurprisingly entailed endless red tape and expenses. The ESTA, on the other hand, is both ordered…

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01May2015

The long Memorial Day weekend

We know that the United States is a very patriotic country and that celebrations recalling important historical events are held in high regard: Memorial Day is one of these occasions and takes place on the last Monday of May.

It’s an event that remembers the men killed in war, and which dates back to the American Civil War (1861-64), when citizens began to place flowers on the graves of their fallen soldiers.

The Civil War saw…

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01May2015

The United States on the big screen

The iconic image of the United States owes itself largely to the world of film and television, because it is through its films and series that this country has made itself so well-known to the outside world, to the extent that even those that have never been are familiar with it.

If you’re a film buff, the following information is for you! First of all, waste no time and request your ESTA online, which will arrive in just…

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01May2015

Ready to go to the USA? Read these important tips first!

Summer is approaching and the desire to go abroad is becoming irresistible! If you like the idea of organising a trip to the USA, let us remind you that, since 2009, all that is needed of English citizens is a simple Travel Authorisation called ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) which you can request online in just a few minutes, and which will be with you in less than 24 hours. The ESTA lasts for two years from the moment…

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01May2015

The 90-day limit for US visits

The ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) was devised as part of the Visa Waiver Programme, a scheme which means that citizens of certain countries would no longer require a visa in order to enter the United States. The conditions of the ESTA are that the traveller may not exceed a stay of 90 days, and that the reasons for travel must be related to tourism or business.

The Visa Waiver Programme has made travel to the US…

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01Apr2015

Travelling on American roads: tips and suggestions!

Some types of trips in the United States, such as the "coast to coast" journey (which we mentioned a few days ago), or the "fly and drive", will give you the chance to get behind the wheel and experience the thrill of the famous American highways, or simply to move around within the city. But before you get behind the steering wheel, it is good to know some important information on driving in the United States!

First of…

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01Apr2015

The origins of Las Vegas, Nevada

For those visiting the western United States, Las Vegas, Nevada, is an absolutely mandatory destination, because there are no words or pictures that can truly live up to what is genuinely The Entertainment Capital of the World .

But what are the origins of this marvellous place, which welcomes over 20 million visitors every year? Travelling to Las Vegas is far easier than you think thanks to ESTA travel authorization! 

Looking at modern day Las Vegas…

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01Apr2015

Hillary Clinton strives to become first female US president

Perhaps of little surprise to those following US politics, former First Lady and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has just announced that she will be running for President in 2016.

The presidential run is always a fascinating time to visit the States, as Americans typically display their political alliances loud and proud. The campaigns are exciting and nail biting, and thanks to the Visa Waiver Programme, UK citizens can visit the States and witness the process for themselves…

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01Apr2015

Mount Rushmore; a monument to US patriotism

One of the most patriotic sites in the United States is undoubtedly the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, tucked away in the heart of the Black Hills in South Dakota, which receives 3 million visitors each year (mostly Americans) who go there as a sort of mystical pilgrimage.

But who do we have to thank for this masterpiece, and why was it created?

The creator of the monument was sculptor Gutzon Borglum, a first generation American born…

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01Apr2015

The Kentucky Derby: “the greatest two minutes in sport”

This major sporting event, which has been taking place for the past 141 years, sees thousands of Americans set their eyes on the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday of May. The Derby is a prestigious horse race which is held annually in Louisville, Kentucky.

Request your ESTA authorisation now and witness this highly unique event for yourself, visiting a part of the United States that is off the main tourist map, and which will undoubtedly blow your…

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01Apr2015

Alaska is definitely well-suited to those who love adventure

In the minds of its many visitors, Alaska is synonymous with wilderness and the end of the world, reflected in its nickname "The Last Frontier", as it is dubbed by other American States. Visitors tend to be those who love the most authentic forms of nature: vast spaces that alternate between clear blue glaciers to deep green vegetation, and that make man feel like an intruder in the presence of Mother Nature.

Organizing a trip to Alaska requires…

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