ESTA USA is an abbreviation that does not mean anything unless you look at it in context, specifically, in the context of traveling to the United States. ESTA stands for Electronic System For Travel Authorization and is a program that was made specifically for citizens of countries under the country’s visa waiver program.
With the US waiver program, people from Japan, Great Britain, and thirty other countries do not need a visa to travel to the country for pleasure. They only need to send their ESTA application on the website https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/. If you have plans on traveling to the United States soon, go to the website. You will need to fill in an application form and follow a total of six steps on the website, and pay a $14 fee. Once your application is complete, you only need to wait a few days for it to be approved.
In order to fully appreciate the privilege of using the ESTA system, you only need to take a look at what the people in other countries need to do in order to get a tourist visa. A packet of documents is required, including employment information, bank statement and other documents that prove the applicant has something to go back to in his home country, that there is no reason for him to stay and perhaps become an illegal immigrant in the United States. It is a difficult process and applicants need to make a personal appearance at the US embassy.
If you are wondering if your country belongs to the Visa Waiver Program of the United States, make sure to visit the website we mentioned earlier. You will see the complete list of countries there.
Is your passport ESTA-ready? The US government requires for passports to be machine-readable, at least on the page that contains the passport holder’s information. Also, the passport must be an electronic one that has a digital chip with biometric information on its owner.
Once you are approved, you can travel to the United States. However, please take note: Being approved for ESTA does not guarantee that you will be able to set foot in the country outside of the airport. Once you arrive, the border police will check if you should be granted entry to the United States. You would be surprised, but there are people who have been turned away.