As everybody knows, エスタ is Electronic System for Travel Authorization. This online application system is developed by department of Home Security, United States; to determine the eligibility of tourists willing to travel United States under Visa Waiver Program. This program came into effect on January 12, 2009; as a method to pre-screen the visitors before allowing them into a U.S. bound air or water transport.
Although, the application can be submitted at any time prior to travel but it is highly recommended to apply for エスタ at least three working days before travelling. It should be noted this authorization does not guarantees one’s admissibility in U.S.A., for it is largely determined by US Customs Officers and Border Security Officers.
Know about Visa Waiver Program
Visa Waiver Program or VWP allows the citizens of VWP Designated Countries to travel United States without obtaining a visa; may it be for business, education or holiday. However such stay should not exceed a period of more than 90 days. To get this benefit, travelers must have a valid ESTA approval prior to travelling U.S.A.
According to an important notification of April 1, 2016; visitors must have an e-passport to avail the benefits of VWP. This is to make the system more enhanced and secure. An e-passport has an electronic chip embedded upon it with a unique symbol on its cover recognized internationally.
Prerequisites of ESTA
First and foremost, one needs to be a national of VWP participating country with a valid passport.
Secondly, a valid credit card (of MasterCard, American Express or Discover) or a PayPal account to be able to pay US 14 dollars.
And, contact information, employment information and other necessary details.
So why waiting? The advantage of ESTA 申請 is that you can visit U.S.A. for short period without obtaining a visa!