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September 17, 2010

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Didn’t print a copy of your ESTA registration number? You can now retrieve it.

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. 

ESTA LogoHowever, the ESTA website has recently been updated and travelers who did not keep their reference number are able to retrive it.  Please visit https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov for further information.    

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27 Comments
  1. P Chapman
    Apr 22 2010

    Hi
    I have a Visa which was issued in 1974 and is marked indefinate. Will this still be valid or should I still apply for an ESTA?

    • Apr 27 2010

      Peter – The United States Government ceased issuing “indefinite” validity visas on March 31, 1994. Since that time, an indefinite visa has been considered to be valid until the tenth anniversary of its issuance. As more than ten years have passed since the issuance of your indefinite visa, it is no longer valid for travel to the U.S. More information on applying for a visa is available from the Embassy website, here. Alternatively, you may also be eligible for visa free travel under the terms of the Visa Waiver Program, please refer to the Embassy website, here.

  2. May 17 2010

    duncan – It takes approximately 3-5 days to process a standard application for a visa. We recommend that applicants apply well in advance of their intended travel date, to allow for any administrative processing which may be required. We also recommend that applicants do not make final, irreversible travel plans until their application has been processed and their passport and visa returned to them.

  3. Andrea
    May 21 2010

    Hi
    I am travelling to Florida with my family in august, We have been there before as my mum and sister live in Florida and are american citizen. I’m british and we all have the eletronic passport.
    Do i still need to register for the ESTA? where do i go about applying for it?
    looking forward to your reply

    • May 21 2010

      Andrea – ALL travelers entering the United States under the Visa Waiver Program by air or sea must apply for authorization under ESTA before traveling. More information about visa free travel is available from the Embassy website.

  4. olu
    May 23 2010

    My family and I applied under the ESTA programme. My wife and my two daughters were authorised to travel under the programme. I was denied. Even though i am a british citizen with a british passport. What do i do

    • May 24 2010

      olu – if you have been denied registration under ESTA, you are required to apply for a visa. Information on applying for a visa is available from the Embassy website.

  5. Sarina
    Jun 6 2010

    Dear Sirs,

    I was granted a visa waiver in November 2009, I am returning to USA for a short 6 day trip in September 2010, is it necessarry to apply again as I have mislaid my ESTA .application number?

    Thanks

    • Jun 9 2010

      Sarina – If you did not keep your reference number it is not possible to retrieve your registration. You will be required to re-register. The old number will automatically be cancelled, and a new number generated for you.

  6. Fanny Abordo
    Jun 8 2010

    I am travelling to U.S. this month on a British passport and applied for ESTA through ESTA for America Limited on the internet website and I was charged £25.00 and paid for it with a credit card. Is this a legitimate website to apply for ESTA as I discovered that the official website for ESTA application don’t require/charge payment! I was given an application number but is this an authentic transaction made as it confuses/doubts me now? Is there a way where to find out if this ESTA for America Limited is authorized to process the application?
    Thank you

  7. Andrew
    Jun 24 2010

    My family and I applied for ESTA successfully around 14 months ago. We are intending to return to the US for a vacation in a couple of weeks. I believe the original ESTA is valid for 2 years so we should not need to re-apply?
    However, we have mislaid the original ESTA reference number – does this matter or is it all stored in your records?
    Just need to know whether we have to reapply or not again.
    Thanks

    • Jun 25 2010

      Andrew – It is not possible to retrieve the reference number if you did not keep it. You will be required to reapply. The old number will automatically be cancelled, and a new number generated for you.

  8. VARTAN
    Sep 19 2010

    I have an old ‘INDEFINITELY’ with ‘MULTIPLE’ B1/B2 visa………….Do I need ESTA?

    Thank you.

    Vartan

    • Sep 20 2010

      Vartan – The United States Government ceased issuing “indefinite” validity visas on March 31, 1994. Since that time, an indefinite visa has been considered to be valid until the tenth anniversary of its issuance. As more than ten years have passed since the issuance of your indefinite visa, it is no longer valid for travel to the U.S. The maximum validity of a B-1/B-2 visa is now ten years and if you would like to apply for a new one, please follow the instructions on our website. Alternatively, you may also be eligible for visa free travel under the terms of the Visa Waiver Program.

  9. Lisa
    Sep 24 2010

    if you apply for a Esta does this site check that you are definatley eligible to enter under visa waiver program? Does it for example check your previous criminal record etc? If you answer no to all questions could the esta site still decline your visa? As my partner has a criminal record from when he was a teenager but as far as I can interpret the crimes did not invlove moral turpitude but I am not exactly 100% sure what this means. Will the Esta site decline so we know he will need to apply for a visa instead?

    Hope this makes sense

    Thanks

    • Sep 24 2010

      Lisa – if your partner has EVER been arrested or convicted, he will be required to apply for a visa. The rehabilitation of offenders act does not apply to U.S. visa law. Your partner should call the Embassy’s Operator service on 09042 450 100 (£1.20/min) to arrange an appointment to apply for the visa.

  10. Peter
    Oct 16 2010

    I am thinking of visiting New York with my family early next yyear. My wife and I have been Permanent Residents in the UK for over 20 years and all of us including the children hold Malaysian passports (children have right of abode status in UK ie. British Subjects). I presume both my wife and I have to apply for B2 tourist visa online using the DS160 form.
    1) Are my children required to apply for the tourist visa as well or can they use the visa waiver procedure?
    2) in view of the problem of applying online, ie. timeouts, is there a draft DS160 form where we can view and prepare our answers before online. That way we would be sure our answers are accurate and correct.
    3) What documents are we required to bring along for the interview or would this be advised when we apply online or when we make our appointments?
    4) Can I apply online as a family or separately?
    5) Can you confirm that the visa fees applicable to us is only the MRV and is it $140 per person or per family?
    Thank you very much for your patience.

    • Oct 22 2010

      Peter – if your children are Malaysian citizens they will be required to apply for a visa before they attempt to travel to the United States. If your children need visas as well, you may complete the DS-160 for them. Information about completing the DS-160 for a family is available from the Embassy website.

      The MRV fee is payable per person, including children.

  11. mr & mrs groves
    Nov 7 2010

    please could you tell me if it,s ok to travel to u.s.a on 27 november 2010 ,we have your esta reg numbers,but did not print of at time back in september when it was still free,thank you d.c.groves

    • Nov 8 2010

      mr and mrs groves – provided that you have a valid ESTA registration, you are not required to carry the registration numbers with you when traveling. An ESTA is valid for 2 years, or until your passport expires, whichever is sooner.

  12. amk
    Nov 10 2010

    I am an international student in the UK with a B1/B2 “R” US visa issued in London which expires December 9th 2010. I am able to travel to the US on the 4th of December 2010.
    Will I still be allowed entry into the US on that date and will I be allowed to stay beyond the 9th of december 2010(say about 2wks)? Or will I be penalised?
    Is it compulsory that I register for ESTA before I am granted entry to the states?

    • Nov 12 2010

      amk – provided that you travel while the visa is valid, you may enter the United States. The length of time you will be admitted can only be determined by immigration officials at the port of entry. Please note that, if you have a valid visa, you are not required to register for ESTA, as this system is only for those traveling visa free under the Visa Waiver Program.

  13. Laura
    Dec 10 2010

    My husband and I are travelling to USA in January. I completed the ESTA form online in my husbands name. There was no place to put in my name/passport number. It doesnt ask how many people are travelling so does this mean i need to fill in another form on my own behalf?

    • Dec 15 2010

      Laura – yes, everyone has to complete an individual ESTA registration.

  14. jim francis
    Jan 13 2011

    my wife’s cousin has a esta visa , the name’s are correct but the rest of the visa is in french !! , is this still ok , they are both british ??

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