MAKE YOUR REQUEST FOR THE ESTA DOCUMENT

The ESTA or Electronic System for Travel Authorization is a questionnaire that every French citizen or citizen coming from a country belonging to the Waiver Program visa is obliged to complete on the Internet in order to be able to make a trip to the United States. ESTA replaces the old “green sheet” filled out by passengers during their journey and allows them to board a plane or a boat under the visa waiver program. It is managed by the US Customs and Border Protection agency of the Department of Homeland Security .

REQUEST ESTA ESSENTIAL SINCE JANUARY 12, 2010

ESTA authorization is required for business or transit travelers and for a period of less than three months.

Tourist trips are also affected by this formality. The ESTA visa does not allow you to search for a job, internship or to study in the United States. In this case, you need to apply for a visa at the embassy.

Adults and children even very young are affected by this process and you must have this document before making a trip by air or sea. People with a visa or traveling to the USA by land are not constrained there (that said in certain cases, it is possible that ESTA allows you to speed up the procedures at the border).

SOME FORMALITIES TO OBTAIN ESTA

The ESTA request must be submitted at least 3 days before departure, as it can be pending and in this case the authorities have a maximum of 3 days to respond to you. However, if you need to obtain ESTA urgently, you can still apply, but there is no guarantee that you will get it on time. It is valid for two years or until the passport expires and the holder can go to the USA several times without having to ask for a new authorization for all his trips during this period.

The authorization request will be completed by the traveler himself before his trip to the United States, but this does not prevent the assistance of a third party. Specialized websites help people who have difficulty obtaining this certificate. It should be noted that the most important information is that which appears on the passport.