The ESTA visum (visa) is a travel authorization that eliminates the need for a visa for citizens of countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This list of VWP countries is expanding, but currently, there are 39 member countries included in it. As we know, visas have varying lengths of validity, and the US visa allows non-US citizens to visit the USA for certain activities (total depend on the type of visa). The ESTA or Electronic System for Travel Authorization on the other hand, always has the same period of 90 days regardless of what reasons a person is using the ESTA.

It is very important to know that ESTA is governed by two important time frames.

  • First of all, there is the duration of the ESTA’s validity, which is 2 years from the time of authorization.
  • Second is the length of time that the ESTA (visa) allows travelers to be in the USA, this is 90 days.

ESTA time duration:

The ESTA visum lasts for 2 years from the moment of authorization confirmation. It means that a person with ESTA visum is authorized to travel to the USA for 2 years. After these 2 years have expired, you will need to apply for a new ESTA. It shows that the ‘clock’ stops ticking when ESTA holder not using ESTA. That is why it is always a good idea to apply for ESTA in advance of your trip at least 72 hours before travel.

This 2-year duration of the ESTA automatically expires if the passport of the applicant expires during the validity time of ESTA. If this happens ESTA remains no longer valid, even if a person renews their passport during this time. For a new passport, it is in need to apply for ESTA again. For this reason, it’s a good idea to ensure that your passport will be in date for the full term of the ESTA before applying.

Trip duration with ESTA:

The time frame associated with ESTA visum is the 90-days.  It means that a traveler with ESTA is not permitted to stay in the US for any longer than 90 days. Unfortunately, in any circumstances, a traveler cannot outstay these 90 days and they may need to leave the country.

It is advised that, even if the traveler arrives in the USA and decides that they would like to return to stay in the country for longer than 90 days, they must return to the home country before applying for a proper visa. In case of exceeding this 90-day validity, it is unlikely that travelers will be allowed to travel to the US with ESTA visum again in the future. In case of leaving the US on time the ESTA clock automatically resets.


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