If you are traveling internationally and plan to visit or pass through the United States, you will probably require some kind of entry visa. Many countries have an agreement with the United States, however, to allow for a visa waiver.
If you reside in a country that participates in the visa waiver program, you will be able to get one through the ESTA visa waiver application. This application can be found on the Department of Homeland Security website.
It’s a relatively simple application. According to the instructions to the application, it only takes about 20 minutes to fill it out. It costs USD$14, and you will have to have access to a credit card in order to pay this fee.
Everyone who is traveling to the United States from a visa waiver program country will need to fill out the ESTA visa waiver application or get a full travel visa. This includes minor children, including infants who are traveling as non-ticketed passengers on airplanes. You can fill out an application as a third party for anyone who cannot fill it out for themselves.
Make sure to fill out the application completely and accurately. Any omissions or errors in your application can result in delays in the processing of your application, or even an outright denial. There are other reasons your application might be denied as well.
Even if you are denied a visa waiver, you can still apply for travel to the United States. You’ll just need to apply for a full travel visa. This can take longer than applying for a visa waiver, so be sure to plan ahead when filling out your application. You don’t want to have a great vacation planned with your family, only to have to cancel your plane tickets because you didn’t fill out the visa paperwork in time.