Visa Waiver Program

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business (visitor (B) visa purposes only) for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.  For more information about VWP, click on the links below.

Citizens of Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and the United Kingdom do not need a visa or ESTA to visit both Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands because of the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program, though they must complete Form I-736 prior to travel.  Chinese citizens also do not need a visa if they complete Form I-736 for temporary admission into the Northern Mariana Islands. For more information on the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program, click here.

Question:  I have seen other websites offer to apply on my behalf. Will this help me receive my authorization more quickly?

Answer:  No. Use of a private service to apply for travel authorization via ESTA will not expedite approval. Third party websites that provide information about ESTA and submit ESTA applications for VWP travelers are not endorsed by, associated with, or affiliated in any way with DHS or the U.S. government.

Visa applicants are advised to be cautious in all dealings with companies that claim to offer assistance in obtaining U.S. visas.  There are many websites and e-mail scams that attempt to mislead customers and members of the public into thinking they are official U.S. government websites.

Please note that there is only one official ESTA website and that is:

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is designed for those seeking to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program.

On September 8, 2010, a fee of US$14.00 was introduced for Visa Waiver Program Travelers registering under ESTA.  The fee includes $10.00, collected pursuant to the Travel Promotion Act (TPA) and a fee of $4.00 for administering ESTA.

Third-party companies who are charging a fee to assist travelers in registering under ESTA are NOT operating on behalf of the U.S. government.  For official information regarding the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website at: