Lots of people dream about going on holiday to the USA someday, so when you find yourself with the funds to plan such a trip yourself, it can be a very exciting time. The most boring part of the whole process is perhaps ensuring you have a valid passport and applying for ESTA, which allows you to stay in the United States of America for as long as 90 days.

The fun part about planning your trip to the US is choosing which cities you want to visit and finding the best hotel accommodation. You also get to think about which tourist attractions you are going to visit each day and can start to plan some daily itineraries for your holiday. Ideally, you want to make sure that your holiday is at least two weeks long if you are arriving from the UK. This is because long-haul flights can be exhausting and you might find that you need to take it easy during your first week in the country to recover from jetlag.

If you are planning on flying to the west coast of the US from London, you should seriously consider upgrading to first-class as the flight time to Los Angeles, for example, is over 10 hours. If you opt for connecting flights to save money, you could be looking at 18 hours or more of travelling time. It is almost impossible to sleep during a flight if you have a seat in economy class.

Keep in mind that the ESTA application is just one of many important processes you need to go through when visiting the US. You also need to make sure you purchase comprehensive travel medical insurance. Many people from the UK don’t consider how much medical care will cost them in the USA because they are used to having access to the NHS system at home.…


Simply put, ESTA is an authorization system that’s online used to determine whether an individual is eligible to travel to the US without Visa.

In the past, anyone willing to visit the United States had to first fill out a green l-94W form during their flight and risk the immigration department not allowing them to enter upon arrival. As you can see, ESTA is an effective way to know in advance whether you qualify for entry. ESTA ideally prevents you from spending too much on flights and booking hotels, only to discover that you cannot be allowed to enter the country upon arrival.

How To Apply for ESTA

ESTA application is quite easy and straightforward and you do not need a lawyer for assistance. All you need to do is head to be the ESTA website and answer the questions, a process that will take you at most 5 minutes. You will get an instant notification regarding your eligibility, and if it needs further checking, expect the process to take up to 72 hours.

If you do not have access to the internet, you can find someone who does and who will assist you to apply online. Steer clear of third party websites as they will try to charge you money for fake forms. Always use the official ESTA website only.

Once you are approved, you may want to print the confirmation page and note down the reference number for presentation purpose at the US border. If you lose the reference number, however, you don’t have to fret as you can easily retrieve it on the official ESTA website by following simple instructions.

The cost of ESTA is usually $14, 4 dollars of which go towards the administration and is not refundable even if you are not eligible. The remaining 10 dollars goes to US tourism department and payment is only done through Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.…