Before flying and entering into the United States, you must submit a travel authorization request called ESTA at least 72 hours before your departure. To obtain this essential electronic travel document, you have to fill an online form correctly. To help you do it more easily, here are our advices explaining the steps you need to follow.

Filling the USA ESTA with the Required Information

General Information

Go on the official website of the administration responsible for customs and border protection. You will then find a form that you will have to fill with correct information. The first part of the USA ESTA application form concerns your personal information. Thus, you will have to answer to different questions and indicate your name, first name, date of birth and city of birth. You will also need to include your passport number, the country of issue, the date of issue and the expiration date.

Moreover, you will need to provide whether you have or not another nationality and if you have had another nationality in the past. Just below, the form asks you if you are a member of the CBP Global Entry program. If you are of French, Belgian or Swiss nationality, answer “no” because these countries are not eligible for this program. Then, continue by giving your parents’ names. Your contact details and information concerning your job and your employer are also needed.

Your USA Contact Information

The second step when filling a USA ESTA application form is to specify if you will simply be in transit in the United States or if you plan to stay there. If you intend to stay in the USA, you will need to provide contact details of your hotel in America. Whether you are in transit or traveling to the United States on vacation, you will be asked to provide the name of a person to be contacted in the event of an emergency. Indicate the contact details of the person that the American administration can reach in the event of a problem, then move on to the next step.

Eligibility Questions

The next page invites you to answer so-called eligibility questions. Those questions may shock because you are asked if you intend to participate in terrorist activities, espionage, sabotage or genocide. But one good thing is that you will just have to answer NO to all of these questions so, it will not take too long.