U.S. Customs and Border Protection has launched a mobile app that allows eligible travelers to apply for Electronic System for Travel Authorization.

Key Points:

  • Foreign nationals eligible to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program may now submit ESTA applications through the ESTA mobile app. Through the app, travelers can:
    • Launch, review and submit an ESTA application.
    • Scan and upload an image of their passport and submit a live video to confirm their identity.
    • Add personal and travel information to their application.
    • Answer eligibility questions.
    • Change and update their application and profile.
    • Receive  notifications and application status updates.
  • Prior to the launch of the ESTA app, travelers could only apply for ESTA through the CBP’s website.

Additional Information: The ESTA app is available in 24 languages and for 40 countries whose citizens are eligible to travel to the United States for business or tourism stays of up to 90 days without a visa. More information regarding ESTA is available here.

BAL Analysis: CBP launched the ESTA app to provide a mobile-friendly experience for eligible foreign nationals to apply for ESTA. Foreign nationals eligible to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program are reminded that they should apply for ESTA no less than 72 hours before departure.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice Group. For additional information, please contact berryapplemanleiden@bal.com.

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