Changes to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization under the US Visa Waiver Program

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has introduced new entry measures that will require all those travelling under the US Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to provide personal details online 72 hours prior to boarding a plane and is named the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

Effective April 1, 2016, all travelers under the US VWP (Visa Waiver Program) must have e-passport (passport with an embedded electronic chip) and must obtain an approved ESTA by completing online form.
The US VWP allows most VWP nationalities to travel to the U.S.A for business or pleasure for a short stay (90 days or less) without a visa.

Although the ESTA has been on a voluntary basis as of August 2008, it is mandated for all travellers to the U.S.A from January 12, 2009. VWP travellers who do not apply for and receive travel authorization via ESTA website may be denied boarding or be denied admission at the U.S. airport. For more information, and to apply for the ESTA please visit the website and choose a preferred language for your clear understanding.

The ESTA will be valid for a period of two years, or for the validity of the travellers passport (whichever comes first). If you do not have Internet access, a third party, such as your relatives or travel agencies may apply for the ESTA on behalf of you. However, you are still responsible under the law for the questions answered on your behalf.

Application fee for ESTA is required on/after Sept.8, 2010.

More Information :

1. ESTA application (U.S. Immigration Authority website) :

2. ESTA details (including the US VWP)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) :
U.S. Department of State :

Aug 20, 2010
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