Entering the USA (ESTA)
ESTA has been mandated by US Government legislation. If you qualify to enter the USA under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) you will need to complete the ESTA process online. ESTA applications should be made before or at the time of booking your holiday and at least 72 hours before departure. Visit https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov to complete the process. Alternatively, you can download the official ESTA app (available on Android and iPhone/iOS) by clicking here on your mobile device. For a step-by-step guide on completing your ESTA via the app click here.
The ESTA application costs $21 per person and once granted it is valid for two years for multiple entries into the USA. We strongly recommend you take a print out of your ESTA authorization as you will need a record of the unique ESTA number for future reference (to update information for future visits, for instance). Although it is not mandatory to show the ESTA authorization to Customs Border Protection (CBP) officer upon entry into the USA, we recommend taking a copy with you when you travel. Each family member travelling must complete individual ESTA applications.