In today’s online evolution, keeping your information safe is one of the most important steps you need to take on the Internet. It is also very important to be able to crypt and backup your private information in such a way that it will be easily accessible later on only by you, and also not sensitive to being compromised.
When traveling to USA, as an Australian and New Zealand citizen, you always need to make sure that your private data can be backed up offline and crypted along the way.
What Is ESTA Visa And Do You Need One
For those who want to visit the United States, you might have to apply for an ESTA Visa. You might be wondering what it is, what’s required to apply for it and how to apply for it. Let’s answer those questions for you below.
What Is It
The U.S. government has what’s called the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA for short, and it is exactly what it sounds like. It is an automated system that determines if a person is eligible to visit the United States under what is known as the Visa Waiver Program, or VWP for short. It doesn’t matter if you can travel to America with no visa, you still need to apply for an ESTA, unless you’re an American citizen.
However, it is important to note that ESTA does not mean you will automatically be granted admission into the United States. Custom and Border agents will be the ones to decide whether or not you will be admitted into the country. It is advisable that you hold a return ticket when you are travelling on an ESTA.
Requirements You Need For An ESTA
As for requirements, you need to have a passport that has a machine-readable zone on the page of your photo, expiry date and so forth. Your passport must contain a digital chip that contains your biometric information. If you do not have a passport or a passport that has a chip, then you won’t be able to get an USA Visa, and you will need to pay a small fee.
Who Doesn’t Need To Apply For An ESTA
It’s important to note that those who possess an American passport will not have to apply for an ESTA. Also, those who are citizens or residents of American territories such as Guam, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico or the Northern Mariana Islands will not have to apply for an ESTA. Others who don’t need to apply include citizens from Canada, Bermuda, Micronesia or the Marshall Islands. Generally speaking, if you are a citizen of a country that participates in the Visa Waiver Program, then you’ll need to apply for an ESTA.
How To Apply
Applying for an ESTA is easy, as you do it online. Just bear in mind that the application will collect your biographic information, as well as the answers to the eligibility questions. As for how long it takes to get approved for an ESTA, this depends in various factors, but it generally takes an average of 72 hours.
When To Apply
You can apply for an ESTA anytime you wish and if approved, it will be valid for a period of two years. After that, you have to reapply. However, it’s a good idea to apply for an ESTA as soon as you plan on visiting the United States.
Now you know how to apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization, as well as when you should apply. You also know what the requirements are. If you are planning to take a trip to the United States, then make sure you apply for an ESTA as soon as possible.
In the same time, make sure your privated information is backed up at all times and crypted as well.