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March 11, 2011

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Is your registration under ESTA due to expire?

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. 

Please note, however, that if you will make a side trip to Canada, Mexico or the adjacent islandsand you will re-enter the United States on your return journey, your ESTA registration must be valid on re-entry.

A registration 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 can check the status of your registration, or submit a new registration, by visiting the official ESTA website at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov

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4 Comments
  1. Shazia
    Mar 16 2011

    So, just to double check – I can travel to the US on the 19th of April and return on the 19th of May even though my ESTA registration expires on 29th April? (i.e. it is valid when I first enter the US but expires during my stay there)

    • Mar 16 2011

      Shazia – Providing your registration under ESTA is valid on the day you travel to the United States, it is not required to be valid for the remainder of your stay in the United States.

  2. Jan
    Mar 16 2011

    Dear Sir,
    I travelled from Canada to the USA crossing at Buffallo border control, June 2010. I completed a normal procedure which is required to gain entry to the country as Im on the visa waiver program. Do I assume there is no need for me to re apply for the ESTA again. I will be travelling to the USA in April. I only have a stamp from Buffalo border control. I do not have any ESTA confirmation of its own. Please advise further.

    • Mar 16 2011

      Jan – Please be aware that being admitted to the United States at a land border does not constitute registering under ESTA. Individuals that wish to enter the United States under the terms of the Visa Waiver Program by land from Canada or Mexico are not required to register under ESTA.

      However, individuals that wish to enter the United States under the terms of the Visa Waiver Program by air or sea are required to register under ESTA. Please visit http://london.usembassy.gov/vwp.html for more information about the Visa Waiver Program.

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