The ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) application is an online system used by the United States government to determine
the eligibility of travelers to enter the country under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
The VWP allows citizens of certain countries to travel to the United States for tourism, business, or transit purposes without obtaining a traditional visa.
The ESTA application collects biographic information, travel details, and answers to eligibility questions from travelers.
It is an automated process designed to quickly assess the potential risks associated with allowing an individual to enter the United States
The information provided in the ESTA application helps the U.S. Customs
and Border Protection (CBP) determine if the traveler poses any security or law enforcement concerns.
It is important to note that an approved ESTA does not guarantee entry into the United States.
The final decision on admissibility is made by the CBP officers at the port of entry.
The ESTA is valid for two years or until the traveler's passport expires, whichever comes first.
During this period, travelers can visit the U.S. multiple times for stays of up to 90 days per visit.
It is mandatory for travelers from VWP countries to have an approved ESTA before boarding a carrier to the United States.
It is recommended to apply for an ESTA well in advance of travel to allow for any processing delays or potential issues.
I hope this clarifies what the ESTA application is. If you have any more questions or need further assistance, feel free to ask!