How to Check if Your ESTA is Still Valid

Table of Contents
    Add a header to begin generating the table of contents

    Before traveling to the United States, it’s crucial to verify the status of your Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). This will help you retrieve your ESTA authorization number and expiry date, ensuring your travel plans proceed smoothly. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to check your ESTA status, including the different possible statuses and what they mean.

    Steps to Check Your ESTA Status

    1. Gather Necessary Information: You will need your passport details and the applicant’s first and last name.
    2. Fill Out the ESTA Status Form: Use the information above to complete the form, which will allow you to retrieve your ESTA number, validity, and expiry date.

    Possible ESTA Statuses

    1. Not Found

    • Meaning: No active or completed ESTA application matches the provided details.
    • Reasons: This can occur due to incorrect information on the original application or when no ESTA exists for the provided details.
    • Action: Double-check your information or submit a new ESTA application if necessary.

    2. Application Expired

    • Meaning: Your previous ESTA authorization has expired.
    • Reasons: ESTA authorizations are valid for two years, or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.
    • Action: Reapply for a new ESTA with your current details.

    3. Authorization Pending

    • Meaning: Your application is under review.
    • Action: Wait up to 72 hours for a final decision. Ensure you apply well in advance of your travel date to accommodate this review period.

    4. Authorization Approved

    • Meaning: Your ESTA is valid for travel to the United States.
    • Action: Note the expiry date and ESTA application number. Verify your ESTA status before departure as CBP can revoke it at any time.

    5. Travel Not Authorized

    • Meaning: You are not permitted to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program.
    • Action: Consider applying for a B-2 Tourist Visa, B-1 Business Visa, or C Transit Visa. For more details, visit the U.S. visa information page.

    Additional Tips

    • Mistake on Your Application?: Contact the ESTA technical support team by email or call +1 202-344-3710 to correct any errors on your form.
    • Verify Your Status: Regularly check your ESTA status to ensure it remains valid for your travel dates. This will prevent any last-minute issues and unnecessary expenses.

    By following these steps, you can easily verify your ESTA status and ensure a hassle-free trip to the United States. Keeping track of your ESTA validity will help you avoid potential travel disruptions and additional costs.

    For more information or assistance, visit the official CBP website.

    How to Check if Your ESTA is Still Valid