One of the problems that has always hindered a possible trip to the U.S. is related to the lengthy bureaucratic procedures required to obtain a visa, but for some time thanks to the new regulations is no longer as complex as it once was. The solution adopted by the United States was an electronic system that streamlines the old processes by automating everything through an online application.

All travellers who intend to travel to the USA without a visa can obtain ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) authorisation before boarding their chosen means of transport, simply by having access to the Internet.

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is an automated system used to determine the eligibility of travelers to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and whether their entry into the country would pose a risk to law enforcement and security agencies. The main innovation is the faster application method compared to the visa, in fact it could take up to 72 hours between application and approval.

Another advantage not to be underestimated is that the ESTA form can be filled in directly online. The same request can be made from the comfort of your own home – no additional procedures are required. Obviously you will need to have a passport that has not expired and it is untenable to apply for permission to:

All travellers intending to travel to the United States by air or sea under the Visa Waiver Program.

All travellers transiting the United States under the Visa Waiver Program.

Children and infants traveling to the United States or transiting the United States under the Visa Waiver Program must also have an approved ESTA travel authorization.

As soon as you have completed and submitted the form, you will find out whether your application is successful or unsuccessful within 72 hours. In case of rejection, the application can be re-submitted after 10 days.

In most cases, the problems encountered by the control bodies are, for example, a trip of inadmissible duration, errors in filling out the form, requests from citizens whose country has not joined the program, etc. In the case of rejection, the application can be re-submitted after 10 days.

If you are eligible for ESTA, you may stay in the United States for up to 90 days. The authorization is valid for 2 years or until the expiration of the passport associated with it (if prior to the ordinary expiration period). During this period, you are allowed to enter the United States without having to submit further ESTA approval applications.

The USA is a major player in contemporary civilisation, politically, economically and culturally. Thanks to world-famous destinations such as Washington D.C., New York, Las Vegas and many others, they are one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. We are talking about metropolises that have inaugurated modern architecture, museums and shops, national parks and the fundamental artistic-intellectual landscape in our time, from literature to music, from cinematography to science. Thanks to ESTA you can immerse yourself in the famous land of opportunities without the problems caused by the visa application and by applying entirely online.

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