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ESTA For UK Citizens - Everything You Need To Know

Are UK citizens eligible for an ESTA?

Yes. Citizens from the United Kingdom are eligible for ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) visa waiver. This will grant British citizens entry to the United States without the need for a Visa. ESTA allows citizens with valid UK passports to visit the United States for up to 90 consecutive days. Your reason for visiting can be tourism, business, transit, medical, or short study purposes. At present, UK citizens need to be aware of ongoing travel restrictions in the United States due to the coronavirus pandemic.

ESTA for UK citizens and coronavirus restrictions

Since the first cases of the coronavirus were detected in the USA, tight travel restrictions were imposed to stop the spread. British citizens won’t be allowed entry, unless under special circumstances. These restrictions also pertain to transit through the USA on an ESTA visa waiver. Should you be granted entry to the US, you will need to complete a mandatory 14-day self-isolation. Should you already be in the United States, unable to leave, there is an option to extend your ESTA for a period not to exceed 30 days. This is to allow British citizens time to make arrangements to return to the United Kingdom.

How can UK citizens apply for an ESTA or ESTA extension?

UK citizens must apply online for ESTA or ESTA extension. To enter the U.S. you will require a valid ESTA. A valid ESTA is also necessary to apply for an ESTA extension. You can confirm your ESTA validity online.

What are the ESTA or ESTA extension requirements for British citizens?

To apply for an ESTA, British citizens require an electronic British passport. Travel intention should be for permitted business, tourism, or transit visits (when travel restrictions have been lifted). Entry is valid for under 90 days and British nationals must arrive by air or sea. Should there be travel restrictions in effect, it is possible for your ESTA to be rejected on arrival. British citizens are advised to check ESTA validity online and discuss current travel restrictions with your ESTA advisor prior to making travel arrangements.

How long does an ESTA validity check take to complete?

To complete the ESTA validity check forms is quick and usually takes around 15 minutes to complete. After submitting, please allow up to 72 hours to receive feedback. Should you not receive feedback, you are encouraged to enquire via our online contact form.

What if a UK citizen is denied an ESTA or entry with an ESTA?

If your ESTA application is denied, you will not be granted entry to the United States for business, tourism or transit purposes. If you are trying to apply for an ESTA for future travel arrangements, we advise discussing the matter with your ESTA advisor before applying. If your ESTA is denied or revoked due to travel restrictions, or for any other reason, upon entry to the United States, it is advised to immediately contact the local British consulate.