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How to apply for ESTA to travel to the United States with a European passport: requirements to obtain the permit and costs

2024-02-23T12:43:11.303Z

Highlights: If you have dual citizenship and a valid European passport, you can enter the United States with this authorization. It is processed online up to 72 hours before traveling. Argentines who have a European passport can enter by processing the ESTA. The ESTA application costs US$21 per person. The same permit allows multiple trips to the U.S. without the traveler having to request an ESTA authorization each time they travel. To keep in mind: the traveler can only stay a maximum of up to 90 days on each trip.


If you have dual citizenship and a valid European passport, you can enter the United States with this authorization. It is processed online up to 72 hours before traveling.


When traveling to the United States, one of the great advantages for passengers who have

dual citizenship

(Italian or Spanish, for example) and, therefore, have a European passport, is that they do not need to apply for a visitor visa. for tourism or business (B1/B2) to enter the United States.

To enter,

Argentine travelers who have a

valid European passport must submit the application called ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), that is, the Electronic System for Travel Authorization.

A

permit

that

is processed online

prior to starting the trip on the website: esta.cbp.dhs.gov

What is the ESTA travel permit for?

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is an automated system used to determine which visitors can travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization cross-checks and

verifies the information

in the data banks of the competent authorities.

Therefore, travelers who plan to travel to the United States with a European passport - that is, under the Visa Waiver Program - must

obtain an electronic travel authorization

before boarding the plane.

Home screen to process the ESTA.

Capture official site

The system provides an automatic response, but an operator will electronically verify with the United States Customs and Border Protection that the person actually has the

approved and registered

travel authorization .

Requirements to request ESTA

It must be taken into account that the

European passport must be biometric or electronic

(with a chip).

This requirement was incorporated at the beginning of 2016.

The requirements to apply for ESTA are:

  • Passport.

    Have a valid and current passport from a country that is within the Visa Waiver Program.

    To give you an idea, Italy, Spain and most European countries are on the list.

Argentines who have a European passport can enter by processing the ESTA.

  • Personal information.

    Complete the personal information.

  • Contacts.

    Enter email address, address and telephone number, as well as the telephone number of an emergency contact for the traveler.

The approximate average time to complete the application is estimated at less than 25 minutes.

You must also

attach your passport photo.

Fees: how much does ESTA cost

The ESTA application costs US$21 per person.

You can pay with credit cards and PayPal.

The approval of the ESTA will be carried out within 72 hours of starting the process.

Planes at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

Photo Reuter

How long does ESTA last?

Approved applications are

valid for 2 years

or until passport expiration, whichever comes first.

Therefore, travelers whose ESTA applications are approved, but whose passports expire in less than two years, will receive an ESTA authorization only valid until the expiration date of the passport.

The same permit allows

multiple trips to the United States

without the traveler having to request an ESTA authorization each time they travel.

To keep in mind: the traveler can only stay a maximum of

up to 90 days on each trip

.

Flight schedule board at San Francisco airport.

Photo EFE/EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO

How long before traveling do you have to get the ESTA?

The application to obtain the ESTA must be made at least 72 hours before departure.

Travelers who do not have approval at the time of check-in at the airport will not be able to board.


Source: clarin

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