ESTA BLOG

01Nov2014

Christmas holiday in the USA with ESTA

The holiday season is approaching: find out which food products you can take to the USA to share a typical Christmas dinner with your close ones.

Once you have your ESTA authorisation and plane ticket in your pocket, all that’s left is to pack your bags and head to the States to have an unforgettable Christmas period.

Looking forward to Yorkshire puddings, pigs in blankets and Christmas pudding? Before you prepare your taste buds, find out…

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01Nov2014

USA's winter of 2014 filled with inclement weather

Mid-november, winter appears to have already set itself up fully across the USA. At the start of the year, the first cold spell affected the whole country. 

Everything is ready for your trip to the USA: ESTA authorisation in your pocket, plane tickets purchased, hotel reserved… But have you checked the weather? If you are heading to the states soon, it might be a good idea to repack!

Hat, gloves and a thick coat might be…

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01Oct2014

Short courses in the USA with an ESTA

Considering informal study and enrichment experiences while travelling? Learning Holidays are easy with ESTA.

The USA is renowned for its education facilities, and is an increasingly popular destination for students. Do you want to touch up on a skill, or get an introductory course for something you’ve always wanted to learn?

Well, for short programmes of less than 18 hours per week, and for less than a total duration of 90 days, you don’t need to…

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01Oct2014

An adrenaline filled trip to the USA

To get on a plane headed to the USA, essentially, all you need is a return ticket, your passport, and an ESTA authorisation to your name. 

On the other hand, to ride one of the many roller coasters that the US has to offer, you will also need a fair amount of courage… Comparatively, the plane journey seems like child’s play.

‘Amusement Today’ is a magazine that brings you all of the latest in the world…

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01Oct2014

USA – open to all, well, almost…

Whilst British citizens can go to the USA easily with the ESTA, there’s one man who can only see his country through the eyes of a statue. 

This week, a statue of Edward Snowden was paraded around Manhattan. For the infamous American computer professional, this is the only way for him to see his own country, as he is no longer allowed to set foot on US soil.

On the other hand, as a British citizen…

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01Sep2014

The 9/11 Memorial Museum - a must see landmark

Amidst some controversy, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, has inaugurated the long awaited 9/11 Memorial Museum. A visit to the memorial will certainly not leave you unmoved during your trip to New York. 

In southern Manhattan, works have been going on for over eight years, and many reasons have delayed its inauguration, but on May 15, the 9/11 Memorial Museum opened its doors to visitors. The enormous underground structure has been built on the same site… READ MORE
01Sep2014

Tourism and shopping: an American trend

If you fear paperwork, rest assured, shopaholics don’t need a visa to travel to the USA.

As the exchange rates are currently favourable, more and more Brits are making purchases in large American cities. Visit the USA and grab yourself a bargain! 

In the UK, shopping fans are getting ready to rummage through the stores at the end of the month. However, the smart ones have discovered a little trick: across the pond, the panorama is more or…

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01Sep2014

Smartphone apps to make ESTA travel easier

Thanks to new technologies, your trip to the USA has never been so pleasant. In order to go to the USA, all the red tape has been simplified with the ESTA. These days, thanks to the Visa Waiver Programme, you can skip the visa and simply make an ESTA authorisation request online, without having to leave the house!

Now isn’t that just proof that technology can make our lives easier? But it doesn’t stop there: when in the…

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01Sep2014

ESTA authorisation and the I-94 W

I have my ESTA authorisation, do I need to fill out the I-94 W form? 

The answer is NO. The famous I-94 W form was previously required for ESTA authorisation holders. However, since the summer of 2010, US Customs and Border Protection as well as Immigration Services in the USA have lifted this obligation.

The reason for this is simple: when you make the ESTA request online, the questions included on the green I-94 W form…

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01Aug2014

Routine questions you can expect upon arrival to the US.

Great, so you’re making the most of the Visa Waiver Programme to travel to the USA without having to go through all of the bureaucracy that’s required with a Visa. The ESTA really saves you a lot of time and effort when it comes to travelling to the USA, and this post will help you prepare for the routine questions that the border control officers might ask you upon arrival when travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme. 

First…

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01Aug2014

The USA, home to some of the friendliest cities

You just need to request ESTA authorisation online and within a maximum of 24 hours you will be ready to set off to unforgettable destinations.

During your trip to the USA, don’t miss out on the two of the most welcoming cities in the world. 

The travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler just published its annual awards of the world’s friendliest cities.

The USA has the honour of being home to two of the cities featured on…

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01Jul2014

The ESTA application for multiple USA visits.

Is this possible and do I need to change the details? 

If you’re still within the two-year validity period of your ESTA and you’re heading back to the USA, your ESTA is still valid. 

From the date that your ESTA application is authorised, you may travel to the USA as many times as required over the following two years. Once those two years have lapsed, you will have to apply for ESTA again.

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01Jun2014

Brazil 2014: A US stop en-route to the the World Cup

The England team headed off to Brazil last week. Stopping over in Miami before setting up base in Rio, the team then flew off to Manaus on Saturday for their first chance to prove themselves. 

Brazil has been frantically adding the final touches in preparation for the event, welcoming tourists from all over the world. Brits have already started arriving to show their patriotic support. If, like the England team, you also have to make a stopover en…

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01Jun2014

What to carry as you travel with ESTA

What do you need to take with you when flying to the USA? Is the ESTA document required?

As island dwelling citizens, we’re pretty used to the aeroplane procedures of travelling abroad, particularly within Europe. If you have previously surfed the sky to escape the grey summers, heading to sunny destinations like Spain and Greece, then flying to the USA isn’t much different to this. However, read on, as there are some elements in the procedure that may…

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01May2014

Requesting the ESTA authorisation before making arrangements

Is your travel itinerary to the US still undefined? 

Many cities in the United States are already reporting summer weather with residents and tourists taking to its beaches and parks for summer fun. Popular travel internet sites also have enticing specials and incentives for tourist destinations such as Las Vegas, New York City, Orlando and Miami. But, what happens if you are still unsure of your exact travel dates or destination? Can you obtain the ESTA travel permit…

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