Visa for the USA in connection with a layover

All travelers stopping over in the United States must be in possession of a valid visa or ESTA.

Danish citizens qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, which means Danish citizens must apply for an ESTA and have it approved before they can stop over in the US.

It is recommended that you apply at least 72 hours before departure. On average, an ESTA is approved after 25 minutes.

If your ESTA is denied, you will need to apply for a regular tourist visa at the US embassy.

If you do not qualify for ESTA because, for example, you have already been arrested, have a conviction, have an infectious disease, or are otherwise not eligible for an ESTA, it is recommended that you apply for a visa interview at the U.S. embassy well in advance of your travel in the USA.

I’m going to Canada and I’m stopping in the US

All Danish citizens traveling to Canada with a stopover in the US must apply for both an ESTA and an eTA Canada prior to departure. If you do not have control of both electronic travel authorizations, you will not be allowed to board your flight.

I am at the airport and forgot to apply for a travel authorization

Apply immediately. Travel authorizations to Canada are in most cases approved within minutes, and ESTA to the US are approved within 25 minutes on average. So there is a high probability that you will still be able to reach your aircraft without any problems.

Although it can officially take up to 72 hours for an ESTA and Canadian eTA to be approved, the reality is very different. Most electronic visas to Canada are approved in minutes, and an ESTA to the United States is approved in an average of 25 minutes.

Many travelers forget to apply for an ESTA when stopping in the United States

Airport employees are used to US travelers forgetting to apply for an ESTA. At check-in you will be asked to provide your ESTA application number. If you forget to apply for an ESTA, you will be asked to apply immediately. Fortunately, most ESTAs are approved in an average of 25 minutes.