Some of the new and updated features include:
- Access to frequently asked questions at any time during the application process.
- Mobile-friendly design allows VWP visitors to apply and check the status of their ESTA using their smartphones.
- Users will be able to translate the page into a different language at any point in the application by choosing one of the 23 languages in the language selector.
- The Group feature has been moved to the beginning of the application process making it easier for families and groups to submit their applications at once.
CBP reminds VWP visitors that ESTA applications can only be submitted through the official website. ESTA is not affiliated with any third-party sites. CBP recommends ESTA applications be submitted as soon as an applicant begins making travel plans.
The VWP enables nationals of 38 designated countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business purposes for stays of 90 days or less without first obtaining a visa. All nationals or citizens of VWP countries are required to have an approved ESTA prior to boarding a carrier to travel by air or sea to the United States under the VWP. ESTA applications should be submitted at least 72 hours before travel, and once approved, will generally be valid for up to two years or until the applicant’s passport expires, whichever comes first. Authorizations will be valid for multiple entries into the United States.
New redesigned VWP ESTA website at: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/