Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)
What is ESTA ?
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Aug. 1 initiated its Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), a new online system that is part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). All nationals or citizens of VWP countries who plan to travel to the United States for 90 days or less for temporary business or pleasure under the VWP will need to receive an electronic travel authorization prior to boarding a U.S.-bound airplane or cruise ship.
This authorization may be obtained online through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), a free Internet application administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through a U.S. government Web site. DHS does not charge VWP travelers a fee for completion of an ESTA application. Eligible visitors seeking to travel to the United States under the VWP may apply for travel authorization via the ESTA Web site at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.
- ESTA Authorization will not guarantee you to enter the United States.
- Apply for ESTA at latest 72 hours before your flight.
- In case your ESTA authorization is declined, you may need to obtain visa.
Apply online for ESTA authorization
Visa Waiver Program http://japan.usembassy.gov/e/visa/tvisa-waiver.html