On March 31 Chile joined the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Qualified Chilean nationals traveling to the United States for business (B-1) or pleasure (B-2) will no longer require visas for travel if they meet all requirements for visa free travel. See http://london.usembassy.gov/niv/vwp.html.
If you hold a valid U.S. visa you are NOT required to register under ESTA before traveling to the United States. ESTA applies only to those traveling visa free under the Visa Waiver Program. If you have yet to determine if you are eligibile to travel visa free, let our Visa Waiver Wizard help you decide.
If you are traveling to the United States for the holidays, here are a few things you should know before you arrive at the airport.
If you are traveling visa free under the Visa Waiver Program and are entering the United States by air or sea carrier, you must register under ESTA. If you do not have a valid registration don’t delay any longer. In most cases travelers receive a response in a matter of seconds, but some cases can take up to 72 hours to be approved. Read more
If you wish to travel to the United States under the terms of the Visa Waiver Program, your registration under ESTA must be valid up to and including the day on which you enter the United States. Your registration under ESTA does not need to be valid for the entire length of your stay in the United States, or for a specific period after you leave. Read more
If travel under ESTA has been approved, you are not required to present a written copy of your regsitration number when traveling. The carrier is able to scan your passport for confirmation of ESTA approval at the time you check-in.
No. If you have a valid registration under ESTA, you will not be required to re-register on September 8, 2010 when the fee is introduced. A regisration under ESTA is valid for two years from the date it is authorized or until the date on which the traveler’s passport expires, whichever comes first. You Read more