US ESTA

A US ESTA is an Electronic System for Travel Authorization to travel to the United States.  It is the equivalent to a visa, but no stamp or label is placed in your passport.  To be eligible for a ESTA, you must hold a passport issued by one of these countries.  See all countries.

CIBTvisas will process ESTA requests via its operating company in the United Kingdom, CIBT UK Ltd.  All processing fees will be charged in Great Britain Pounds.

The Fastest and Easiest Way to Get a US ESTA

  1. With CIBTvisas, you can apply anytime and you will receive an email or post confirmation from CIBTvisas notifying you once your ESTA has been issued.
  2. You must apply for an ESTA 72 hours prior to travel.
  3. Once an ESTA is issued it is valid for 2 years or until your passport expires, (whichever is sooner) and will allow multiple entries into the US.

Important Requirements For ESTA Applicants

  • If you are a US Citizen and hold dual nationality with a Visa Waiver Program country you are not required to have an ESTA. You must use your US passport to travel to the USA.
  • A passport indicating that the bearer is a British Subject, British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Overseas Citizen, British National (Overseas) Citizen, or British Protected Person does not qualify for travel without a visa. A passport which states holder has Right of Abode or indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom does not qualify for visa free travel.
  • Please note following recent changes under the Terrorist Travel Prevention Act, nationals of VWP countries who have visited: Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen on or after March, 2011 are no longer eligible to apply for an ESTA.
  • Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Sudan or Syria are not eligible for an ESTA.
  • As of April 1, 2016, to qualify for an ESTA you must have a passport containing an integrated chip and display the universal e-passport symbol on the front cover (as shown below)

  1. Not from an eligible country? 

    Travelers holding a passport from all other countries must apply for a visa to enter the United States.

Visa Pre-Check

Have an urgent visa application that carries a tight deadline?  CIBTvisas can help you to save valuable time and avoid expensive delays.  A CIBTvisas expert will review all of your documents to confirm your application is accurate, complete and ready for submission. We will contact you personally to quickly handle any mistakes ensuring your application is submitted correctly.

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Concierge Service

Too busy to manage your visa request?  A CIBTvisas Concierge Specialist will manage the entire process from start to finish, providing the expertise necessary to ensure your request is approved as quickly as possible.  Experience the convenience & certainty of the Concierge Service, our highest level of one to one, customized service.  

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Digital Photo Service

Need a fast, easy and inexpensive way to get a photo you can use for your passport or visa application? Use your own camera in the comfort of your home or office. Simply click and then upload your photo to our website. We will take care of the rest ensuring your photo meets government and consular requirements.

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