ESTA BLOG

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…

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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.

So…

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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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01May2014

Travel not Authorised. Was your ESTA application denied?

Should you reapply for an ESTA if your travel authorisation was not approved?

Travellers are often nervous about answering questions incorrectly or transmitting errors on their application. The ESTA is not a guaranteed travel permit. This online system facilitates the pre-planning for the traveller and provides the US authorities an effective method to pre-screen passengers without the long wait times. 

There are times however when an ESTA is not approved. The details are not always provided…

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01Apr2014

Use of middle name or multiple names in ESTA applications

What is the exact information to use on the ESTA application form?

This is important to get correct because if you make a mistake, you run the risk of getting denied. But don't worry, we will check your information to make sure things like dates, cities and other information is not in error before we process the application. Since we can't see your passport, it is important to enter the information as accurately as you can. If you…

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01Mar2014

ESTA or Visa, which is more suitable for a trip to the US?

There are two types of permits that allow you to travel to the United States, one is the traditional nonimmigrant Visa which can be obtained in the United States Embassy, the other is the ESTA, which is processed online through the application site.

In order to obtain a Visa, a scheduled appointment with the Embassy/Consulate is required. The applicable nonimmigrant visa application must be completed prior to your interview date with the American Embassy in London. The consulate…

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01Mar2014

What's more convenient, a VISA or an ESTA?

ESTA VISA: Is it more convenient for you to process an ESTA application or to apply for a VISA?

If you are preparing your next visit to the United States you will know that you must obtain a travel permit before departing from the United Kingdom.

There are 2 possibilities for obtaining the obligatory “travel permit”:

  • Applying for a Visa in the United States Embassy
  • Processing an ESTA application via the…
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01Mar2014

Visiting the USA during summer's 4th of July Celebrations

Note: All UK travellers visiting America must apply for the ESTA authorisation

Visiting the USA during the summer holidays this year? Don’t miss the 4th July celebrations and enjoy a day of true American patriotism. 

Having to pay substantial taxes to the British crown, the thirteen colonies of North America signed the Declaration of Independence on the 4th July 1776, seceding them from the United Kingdom, and thus marking the day a national holiday in the…

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01Nov2013

Special characters and accents on your ESTA-Application.

People from Denmark, Belgium, France, Sweden, Germany and other countries that use special non-Latin characters often wonder how they should be written on the ESTA application form. Since the English language doesn’t use any accented characters, a completed ESTA application may only contain English (Latin) characters.

The ESTA website is capable, however, of dealing with the vast majority of French, German and Swedish accented characters by automatically transliterating them into the Latin letter equivalent. A German name like…

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01Jun2013

Chile soon to join the U.S. Visa Waiver Program

Citizens of the South American country of Chile will soon enjoy the same visa-free entry that travelers from 37 other nations currently have access to, making it easier for them to travel to the USA for business and pleasure.

"Expanding visa-free travel from allied nations to the United States is a proven path to increased economic prosperity for communities all across America while also enhancing our national security," said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel…

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