There has been a lot of gossip spread about the entry requirements to the United States after the election of Trump. Fortunately for us Aussies, the entry process is as simple as it was 3 years ago when we first left the motherland.
In case you missed our last post, here is the information you need to apply for your United States of America electronic system for travel authorisation (ESTA).
To enter the United States of America as a tourist or in transit to another location, you first need to qualify for the Electronic System for Travel. To see if you are eligible or to begin an application for entry visit; https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/.
You can begin your application by selecting “New Application”. You can apply individually or as a group if applying and paying for more than one application at a time. You will need to agree to the security notification before you can continue.
Once you have agreed to the terms and conditions, you can start entering your personal information. This should be directly copied from your passport. You will be asked for your parent’s names and most recent employment history.
Here are some examples below;
You will need to check and confirm all the information you have provided before submitting your payment.
Applications cost USD $14.00 per person and should be made at minimum 72 hours prior to your flight departing for the USA. Just a side note, but this is also the same price we paid back in 2014 so at least that hasn't changed!
The ESTA is valid for a maximum stay of 90 days from when you enter the country and under the terms and conditions of ESTA you must leave the USA, Canada, Mexico & the Caribbean once your time is up. Proof of ongoing travel is also often required at the border.
Authorisation will be advised by email or you can log in to the system at any time to check your application using the unique application number provided when you pay. The ESTA, once approved, is valid for two years (must be travelling on the same passport).
We hope you enjoy your travels in the USA!
Travel safe x
The information on this page is solely based on our personal experiences during International Border Crossings, most of which have been overland. We highly recommend checking all advice against the respective countries own immigration website for up to date information.