Is My ESTA Still Valid? How to Check Your ESTA Status
It is important that all foreign nationals check the status of any existing ESTA applications before visiting the United States. Checking your ESTA expiry date can be done manually by adding two years to the issuing date. Should you wish to confirm your ESTA validity or retrieve your ESTA number, you can do so by filling out the official form. It is important to use the exact details on your passport when completing the form. It is also advised that citizens from the UK, or who have traveled in that area recently, please check the current travel restrictions before arranging any travel. When doing an ESTA validity check, the following status’ are commonly returned:
ESTA Status: Authorization Approved
Authorization approved means you have a valid entry to the U.S. Your application has been approved and you can now make arrangements for travel. Take note of important information such as your ESTA application number and the expiry date. Before departure, always make sure your ESTA is valid. Currently, the coronavirus pandemic has seen the U.S. implement travel bans. Entry into the United States is suspended for most ESTA applicants, who have been physically present within the UK. Even if a traveler should have a valid ESTA, if you are subject to the Proclamation and attempt to enter the U.S. in violation of the Proclamation, you will have your ESTA canceled.
ESTA Status: Application Not Found
There are numerous reasons why an ESTA validity check could result in this status being returned. If you have recently applied for your ESTA, it could mean that you have either entered the incorrect data while applying, or you have entered the incorrect information whilst checking your status. In this case, we recommend doing a second ESTA validity check. If the same status is returned, it could mean that you need to reapply. It is also possible that this status could be returned if the person you are enquiring for, never applied.
ESTA Status: Application Expired
Once your ESTA application has expired you will need to reapply for a new ESTA. You cannot renew a previous ESTA, and the U.S. government expects applicants to submit a new application with their latest details. Please note that should the following personal information change, you will need to apply for a new ESTA: legal name, gender, citizenship, or other alteration to your biographical information
ESTA Status: Application Pending
If you recently submitted your application, the decision could be pending. It is advised to wait 72 hours before doing another ESTA validity check. There might be additional security checks being done on your application but does not imply a negative result. It is advised to not make any travel plans under this status.
ESTA Status: Application Not Authorized
If your application has been rejected, you are not allowed to travel to the U.S. There are other routes you could explore other than the Visa Waiver Program, or you can dispute the decision. Should you wish to explore other routes, it is advised to consult your ESTA advisor first. The current global travel restrictions could negatively affect UK citizens, and exceptional circumstances will be needed to apply for any Visa. Please contact your ESTA advisor for assistance.