What is an ESTA?
To make your visit to the United States, you must either travel under the country’s Visa Waiver programme (with an ‘ESTA’), or have a US visa (or be a US citizen, of course).
An ESTA allows you to stay in the US under the Visa Waiver programme for up to 90 days and allows travel to Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean.
An ESTA is valid for two years, (or less if your passport expires in that time).
Countries Applicable for the Visa Waiver Programme
If you are from one of the following countries you can travel under this programme:
If you don’t come from one of these countries, you’ll need to apply for a visa via the US Embassy.
Born in the US but hold a non-US passport?
A change in US government policy now means that anyone born in the United States is considered to be a US citizen. As a result, if you were born in the US but don’t hold a US passport, you’ll need a 'loss of nationality letter' to enter the country.
Please note that we are not able to carry passengers in these circumstances unless they have this letter, which can be obtained from the US embassy.