When traveling to the USA, it is mandatory to apply for an ESTA travel authorization. This may sound complicated to travelers who have not previously had to obtain an ESTA authorization. However, since ESTA is only a travel authorization, the application process is much easier and faster than with a visa.
How long is the treatment time with an ESTA?
You can apply for an ESTA quickly and easily online. You can apply by filling out this application form and paying the application fee. You will then receive a response to your application by email. Most applicants receive their answers on the day they apply. However, some applications may require additional processing time, which is why some applications can take up to several days to complete.
How long will it take after I have been approved for ESTA USA?
The period of validity of 2 years for an ESTA authorization begins with the issue, i.e. at the same time as the approval of the application. Entry into the USA therefore has no influence on when the validity of your ESTA authorization begins.
If you are planning to use your ESTA travel authorization for several different trips, it makes sense not to apply for several months in advance, as you will then have less time for your ESTA authorization for later trips.
Remember to apply in good time
Even so, it’s still a good idea to recommend well in advance, as you can never be sure that your application won’t take up additional processing time. In particular, applicants who are at risk of rejection (e.g. applicants who have already visited certain countries in the Middle East) should apply for an ESTA in good time so that they can apply for a visa as an alternative.
Remember that ESTA can sometimes fail due to regular maintenance
From time to time the ESTA system may fail due to regular maintenance work, which may mean that your order cannot be processed until one day later. This happens relatively seldom, but this is another reason why it is not advisable to apply shortly before departure.
ESTA may be required upon check-in
Also, keep in mind that you may need to verify your ESTA status when you check-in on your flight to the United States. This also applies if you check in online. If you prefer to check in well in advance, it makes sense to apply for an ESTA at least one week before the check-in opens so that you can check-in as quickly as possible.