Now that summer is here, people have started packing their bags for the long-awaited vacation. The United States are one of the most popular destinations because here every traveller finds something to do and see, no matter how picky he or she is.
If you like to go sightseeing, spend time shopping or simply lying under the sun on a fabulous California beach you will have to add SUA on you travel bucket list.
With all the mystery wrapped around this cosmopolitan destination and the will to start exploring it, tourists have one major concern – the visa application process. If you have English citizenship, you don’t have anything to worry about.
What is the ESTA authorisation?
Since 2009, when your country become a member of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), UK citizens can travel to the US with an ESTA for transit. This is a simple travel authorization valid for 2 years which can be applied for online. If you follow all the steps properly, you will receive it fast and without major complications.
Where and how can I apply for ESTA?
The ESTA application process is not difficult, but in 2014 some features have been added for the sake of international security. You might run into questions like your parents’ names, the city you were born in, an address where you can be find or contacted in the US and so on. This is just to make sure that you are not planning to stay on American territory once your ESTA is expired.
If you know how to use a computer, you shouldn’t have any problem with the online application. If you think that you don’t have good IT skills, you could ask for help from a specialist. Start looking and you will find several organizations active in this field.
In addition, there are other tricks that you could use to fulfil the application in a professional, trustworthy way.
Tips that help you complete the online form faster
- If you don’t have a contact address in the US to mention, insert the word UNKNOWN in the dedicated field. This is a mandatory section and it’s better to be honest than denied the permission;
- If you already have the ESTA and decide to go to USA for the second time in the 2-years validity period, you can update your new destination on the system;
- If you are just in transit and going to another country, you will have to select the Yes answer to the question connected with this detail;
- If you will have several addresses in the US, you can enter only the first one;
- If you are travelling with the family keep in mind that you’ll need to fulfil an ESTA request for every member; there is no possibility to apply as a group;
Finally, we will mention that children need their own passports and ESTA authorisation to travel to the United States. When you start the application, be patient and answer all the questions, because their whole purpose is to ensure proper frontier security and keep you safe.