ESTA travel authorisation for travel to the United States

Passengers from countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Programme are not required to have a visa. However, they need to apply for ESTA travel authorisation to enter the United States. You can apply for ESTA online.

What is ESTA?

If you travel to the United States and you are a citizen of one of the Visa Waiver Programme countries, you will have to apply for ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) travel authorisation. Check if you need ESTA travel authorisation via the US Customs and Border protection .


  • You need to apply no later than 72 hours before departure. After this, there may not be enough time to process your application.
  • If you have a new passport, or if your previous ESTA has expired, you will need to apply for a new ESTA.
  • To check in online via, your travel documents (ESTA, visa or otherwise) must be complete.
  • When applying for ESTA, please make sure you enter the information exactly as stated in your passport.

Apply for ESTA

If you need ESTA, you can choose to let our partner Sherpa take care of everything for you. At a fee, Sherpa offers:
  • A complete overview of what you need for your trip.
  • Arranging ESTA or other necessary travel documents (even renewal your passport) before you depart. No filling out forms or time-consuming correspondence.
  • All applications ready for submission within 72 hours after your request – guaranteed.
  • Live assistance for any question you may have.

Or you can apply directly for ESTA via the US Customs and Border Protection. 


After you've applied

Receiving confirmation of your ESTA travel authorisation may take up to 72 hours. After approval, you will receive a reference number. ESTA authorisation remains valid for 2 years. During these 2 years, you may travel to the United States as often as you like, until any answers to the YES/NO questions in your ESTA application change, or until your passport expires.

We recommend bringing a print-out of the ESTA application response to the departure airport.