United States of America - ESTA Information

Instant approvals are no longer available, apply for your ESTA at time of booking your travel.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recommends that you apply for ESTA at the time you book your travel.

You will require an ESTA if holidaying in the USA, and even if you are just transiting through on route to another county. 

To apply for an ESTA travelers must complete a web based application, this can be found here. While the ESTA application does not take long to complete, approval is not instant and can an extended period of time to receive back. Please ensure you supply a valid email address in your application as you will be sent an application number and link where you can view the status of your application.

ESTA applications will cost a $21 (USD) per person, which can be paid for with any major credit/debit card. If the applicant does not hold a credit/debit card then a close friend or family members card may be used.

An approved ESTA is;

  • valid for up to two years or until the traveler’s passport expires, whichever comes first;
  • valid for multiple entries into the U.S. or for multiple connections through the U.S.; and
  • not a guarantee of admissibility to the U.S. at a port of entry. ESTA approval only authorizes a traveler to board a carrier for travel to the U.S. under the VWP.

If you are a U.S. resident, or are traveling with a valid U.S. visa, you are not required to obtain ESTA approval. For additional information on ESTA's please click here