Is my ESTA still valid?
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, do you need to change the details on your application when returning within those two years? The short answer: no you don’t. Many people travel to and from the USA on business and find it inconvenient to frequently change the details on the ESTA, such as dates of travel, flight details and point of entry. Including travel information on your ESTA is optional, and it is possible to leave it blank.
If you do choose to enter your travel details and then they change for some reason, CBP (Customs and Border Protection) do prefer it if you update these details, but again, it is not a requirement and you are still authorised to enter the USA with your ESTA under the Visa Waiver Programme.
If you’d like to change your travel details, it is a simple process. This type of update is available as needed for our customers. Beware that you can’t make any changes to your passport details.
The Visa Waiver Programme is designed to facilitate travel to the USA for participating countries, so there’s no need to panic about updating it as long as it’s valid. However, there’s no reason not to update your travel details, and airlines tend to favour up-to-date details. The bottom line is, as long as the ESTA is within its two-year period, you’re authorised to travel to the USA.
Now, make the most of it! The USA awaits!
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