Frequently Asked Questions

Electronic System for Travel Authorization

Apply for ESTA

How long before I travel do I apply for my ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization)?

Your ESTA must be applied for 3 days before travelling to the United States

What is the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)?

ESTA is an automated system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Authorization via ESTA does not determine whether a traveler is admissible to the United States.

Why do I need an ESTA?

This is in conjunction with the Visa Waiver Program. It enhances security within the U.S. and allows the Department of Homeland Security to predetermine risks.

How can I apply for my ESTA allowing me to travel to the U.S.?

Complete the application on this website ( Only electronic applications are accepted.

Once I receive my ESTA what can I do?

Multiple entries to the U.S. not exceeding 90 days in total. The ESTA is valid for 2 years.

What do I receive once my ESTA is approved?

You receive email confirmation with an authorization number. A record of this is maintained by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Will there be any additional costs if I make an error with my application after submitting?

There are no additional charges for making a mistake or changing an error on your first application submission.

Can I get a refund if my ESTA application fails?

Yes, a refund will be honored unconditionally to any rejected application. Refunds will be given usually within 14 days of rejection notification. Refunds for rejected applications will be deducted 4USD U.S. Customs and Border admin fee. Please refer to our Refund Policy. Rejected applications may then be referred by you to the relevant 'Application for Visa' travel to the United States site. All other refunds please refer to our Refund Policy.

What is included with my ESTA when I apply on this website?

Once your ESTA is confirmed you receive email confirmation of approval. Record of your approval is recorded on file with the ‘United States Department of Homeland Security.’ For business travelers you then have access on request to our database of over 15 million registered businesses in the United States to assist with your visit if needed.

Are my application details kept private?

Yes. Strict controls apply. This includes this website, all U.S. Government Departments and Payment Gateways.

What application fees are involved?

Once ESTA Fast Track receives your application and payment of USD $78.00 there are no other costs required. This will include all application, administration, filing and services costs.

Is an outward ticket from the U.S. required upon entry to the U.S.?

Yes. (With a commercial carrier.)

How long will it take to receive my ESTA after applying?

Within 72 hours unless there are internet issues with your application. Normally however there are not.