What is ESTA?
ESTA is an electronic system for the authorization of travelling into the United States for people living in countries part of Visa Waiver Program.
The VWP is a special program allowing citizens from countries with high-income economies such as Australia, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Spain and others, to enter the US for a 90-days period without a visa requirement. 38 countries are part of the Visa Wave Program.
Arrival is required by air or by cruise ship only. The Electronic System for Travel Authorization is automated and when you want to get approval you just need to fill a form with some of your personal data. This article will help you understand how to renew your ESTA if you are a UK citizen travelling to the US.
When do you need to renew your ESTA?
An approved ESTA application is available for two years from the moment of issue or until the expiration of your passport. So if you want to renew your ESTA, you have to do that before going to the United States. In case there will be issued a new passport, you will need a new ESTA, also you will need it in case you change your name, if you change your gender, your country or citizenship. It is recommended that you apply for a new ESTA authorization when you know for sure you are going to travel into the United States. In case you are in the United States when your ESTA will expire, this thing will not affect your travel.
You will have to pay a processing charge of $4 and an authorization fee of $10 in case your application is approved. You need to prepare a payment method before requesting a new ESTA authorization. If your electronic travel authorization is not accepted, you will be charged only for the processing charge.
How long does an ESTA renewal process take?
If you are approved for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization already, you will receive a response immediately. When more time is needed, a response will be available within 72 hours.
There are three possible answers:
- Authorization Approved – this means you are approved and you are able to travel into the United States under the Visa Waiver Program
- Travel Not Authorised – this means you are not authorised to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program, but you may still apply for a visa
- Authorization Pending – this means your travel authorization is under review and you will receive a response within 72 hours. You may return to the website to check your ESTA status.
If you have any questions simply click the “Ask a Question” button on this US Gov web page.
ESTA General Renewal Terms
You need to know that if your old ESTA authorization is expired, there is no possibility to extend that, you just have to submit a new application and all the steps for doing that will be presented inside this article, below.
Go to the ESTA authorization page and follow the instructions. If your ESTA has expired or will expire soon, you can resubmit a new application at any time. A new application will cancel the existing application. ESTA is available for two years or until the passport expires. You may enter multiple times into the U.S. territory with this ESTA authorization.
How to Renew ESTA authorization
If you want to renew your ESTA authorization to travel in the United States, you need to meet some requirements. The process of the ESTA renewal will take only 20-30 minutes online. In order to renew your ESTA authorization, you have to meet some requirements and then to take some additional steps.
Am I eligible to Renew? I must be/have:
- You are a United Kingdom citizen (England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland)
- You do not have a visitor visa in your passport
- You intend to travel for 90 days or less
- You want to travel to the US for pleasure and/or business only
What Do You Need to Apply for an ESTA Renewal:
- You need a valid United Kingdom Passport
- A credit card/debit card (VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Discover) or Paypal account
- Available contact details
- Employment information if possible
Step 1 – Enter The Official ESTA Application Page
Entering the main ESTA authorization page of the U.S. Customs and Border protection website will give you the possibility to find the best source of information in order to renew your ESTA authorization.
Step 2 – Understand What Is Your Actual ESTA Status
If you haven’t asked for a renewal of your ESTA yet, just click the New Application button. If you have requested one, just click the button Check Existing Application.
Step 3 – Apply For A New ESTA
Verify if you are eligible to apply for a new ESTA and then choose the type of application, Individual application or Group applications. If you are a returning applicant, you have to check your Individual status or check group status.
Step 4 – Confirm Acceptation of Privacy Terms on ESTA application page
You are informed that all information that you provide on this page is the property of Department of Homeland Security, part of the U.S. Government. So you need to confirm that you accept these terms. If you accept that, just click the Confirm & Continue button.
Step 5 – Read the Disclaimer and Confirm Acknowledgement
By reading this disclaimer you will understand that ESTA is performing proper checks inside law enforcement databases to look for any bad history about your related to your future admission into the United States.
Before boarding, you will need to obtain this ESTA authorization. When your ESTA is approved, this doesn’t mean that you are automatically admissible to the US under the VISA Waiver Program. Rather this means you are able to travel to the US. Once you arrive in the United States, your admission will be established by a U.S. customs and Border Protection officer.
This person is the only one to determine if you are admissible into the US, even if you have an ESTA available. In case your ESTA application is not approved, this doesn’t mean you cannot travel to the United States with a VISA. You are informed that you need to provide accurate information and any false information you provide may be subject to criminal or administrative penalties. Once you have understood the disclaimer terms, click Yes or No and click the Next button.
Step 6 – Enter ESTA Applicant Information
On the ESTA Application Information page, you will have to enter the details required for your authorization.
- Family Name
- First Name
- If you are known by other names or aliases
- Date of Birth
- City of Birth and Country
- Passport Number
- Country of Citizenship
- Issuance date and Country, expiration date and other required information.
You have to give additional information about your parents, information about Social Media (this is optional). Also, you have to provide Employment information like Job title, Employer name and Address and then when all information is provided, just click the Next button to go further.
Step 7 – Enter the Travel Information
This includes information like the last city where you will be boarding on an aircraft before arriving in the U.S. on this trip; Carrier Name on which you are travelling to the U.S., flight number or vessel name; the address while in the U.S. – enter the address where you will be staying in the United States and if you are staying in multiple locations, enter just the first one, the city where you will be staying and the State, you are also encouraged to include the itineraries you will be having in the U.S.
Step 8 – Answer Eligibility Questions
This is information like if you have a communicable disease (such as Chancroid, Granuloma inguinale, HIV, Leprosy, Syphilis infectious stage, Tuberculosis active); any Physical disorders or Mental health problems.
You should answer No if you don’t have any of these physical or mental disorders; if you are a Drug addict or Drug abuse. You have to tell if you have been arrested or convicted a crime or an offence regarding a controlled substance. You also need to answer if you are involved or you have been involved in sabotage or espionage, if you want to work in the U.S. or if you ever have been detained, withheld or retained custody of a child from a United States citizen. You should answer if you have been denied for a U.S. VISA in the past or if your VISA has been cancelled and if asserted immunity from prosecution.
Step 9 – Review your Application
Check if you have completed all the correct information and modify any mistakes.
Step 10 – Pay the Processing Fee
Be prepared to be charged in case your ESTA authorization is approved.
How long is your ESTA valid?
If your application is approved, you will be able to travel multiple times into the United States inside the two years period or until your passport expires. Your ESTA may be revoked at any time for different reasons and you will not be able to use it anymore. If you are inside the U.S. and your ESTA will expire, this will not affect your travel. The validity of your ESTA is for two years, but you may stay in the United States for a period of 90 days or less. In case you intend to stay more, you have to apply for a VISA at the nearest U.S. consulate or embassy.
ESTA Renewal Overview
So in order to renew your ESTA authorization you need to know some things. First and most important is that your current ESTA cannot be extended, you just have to apply for a new one.
There is a big difference between a VISA and an ESTA authorization. ESTA is available two years from the time of application or until the passport expires. To be eligible for an ESTA you have to be a British citizen and to meet some other requirements as explained in the article above. You will have to pay a $14 fee for a successful ESTA application.
f you are approved you will receive a response immediately. When more time is needed, the answer will come in 72 hours. If you are approved for an ESTA this means you are eligible to travel to U.S., but this does not guarantee your admission to the United States. Upon arrival, you will be inspected by Customs and Border officers that may determine if you are admissible into the United States.