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The VISA Waiver Program Explained

The VISA Waiver Program Explained

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) innovated by the United States is one of the most advanced entry systems in the world. This system has streamlined travel to the country. For travellers from the UK, the ESTA visa provides reduced processing times at the airports in the country.

It also means that the travellers will experience fewer delays as a result of the long queues at the immigration desks. Airlines as well as cruise liners have the ability to confirm travellers’ authority to enter the United States before issuing boarding cards. This has reduced delays for both airlines and passengers.

A traveller to the United States actually never gets to see their ESTA. All their information is electronically stored and the ESTA visa is matched against their passport number. The ESTA has therefore led to the elimination of labels and stamps, making travel into the United States a more efficient process. Travellers can obtain the ESTA visas for entry into the United States through online application via Visa Bureau.


It is very important to note that the ESTA visa is valid for a period of 2 years from the date of issue. Travellers can enter the United States for a period of 90 days at any given time within the 2 year period from the visa’s date of issue. They are free to enter and leave the United States as many times as they prefer within the life of the ESTA visa. However, travellers under ESTA are not allowed to spend more than 180 days (6 months) a year in the United States.

They are also not permitted to work in the country. Travellers can be in the United States either as tourists or delegates at conventions or conferences. They may also be visiting relatives or attending business meetings. In order to apply for the ESTA, one must be in good physical and mental health and should have no criminal records or convictions.


All persons entering into the United States must complete the customs form. Individuals who are travelling with immediate family members can complete a single form as representative of the family unit. The form comprises of 15 questions. All these questions have to be answered. The questions include personal information, current addresses and reasons for travel among others. Click below to start your ESTA application today.