ESTA USA Instead Of Visa? A Quick Answer

If you know anything about the United States, you already know that you either need a visa to get there or you don’t. For the rest of the world that are considered third-world or even second-world countries, a visa is always needed for entry. However, if your country is in the league of Australia and the United Kingdom, you won’t need to apply for a visa. However, you do need to apply for ESTA visum USA.

What is ESTA? It stands for Electronic System For Travel Authorization. You need to apply for it if you are planning to travel to the United States. Applying is simple enough to do. You just need to visit the official ESTA USA website on You will be taken through an online application process where you are asked a series of biographical questions, and where you will be required to enter your passport information. Make sure to buy round-trip tickets beforehand.

Once you are done filling out the application form, you will be required to pay a fee. Don’t worry, it is not expensive. In fact, it is even dirt cheap. Your credit card will be charged $4 for authorization and another $10 when your application is approved, which you will know when you receive an email containing your ESTA number.

If you changed your mind about travelling to the US, you can always get a refund by contacting the ESTA website and telling them your name, the reason behind your refund request, the email address you indicated in your application form, and the last four digits of your credit card.

You would be surprised but there are actually many countries in the world covered under the United States visa program. In Asia, citizens of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan can travel visa-free. In Europe, citizens of Luxembourg, Slovakia and the Czech Republic can do the same. And there are many other countries that do not need to apply for a visa when traveling to the United States.

If you want to know if your country is in the list, check out the FAQ section of the ESTA website.

Having your ESTA application approved does NOT automatically mean you can enter the United States. When you arrive, a borders protection officer will make the final decision on whether or not you can enter the country.