ESTA Travel Permit for the United States of America!
What do I need for a trip to the USA?
If so, then you should start planning in good time, as entry to the US needs some important preparation.
Of course, I do not want to tarnish your anticipation, but some things have to be organized for this trip to the other continent. In any case, the ticket alone is definitely not enough.
Also, if you do not need a visa for a trip to the US, it will not work without a message. Instead of a visa, visitors from Germany must apply for an ESTA travel authorization.
ESTA means "Electronic System for Travel Authorization", electronic system for applying for the entry permit. This ESTA permit can be applied for by all citizens of the countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program. Participants in this program are currently 38 countries including, for example, Germany and Switzerland.
The Esta travel authorization is valid for two years. You can travel to the US as often as you like during this time. After expiry of the validity of the application must be made again. The maximum duration of the visit may not exceed 90 days, for a longer stay you need a visa.
The Esta travel permit should be requested in good time but at least 72 hours before departure. I would recommend doing it on time to be on the safe side.
You will need a valid electronic passport, valid credit card and contact details for the ESTA application.
ESTA can only be applied for online and it is possible to get the application up and running in no time.
Also, if everything is stored electronically, I would recommend printing out the ESTA confirmation and attaching to important documents such as the ticket or passport. Sometimes the ESTA is required at check-in or at the security checkpoint.
However, a confirmed ESTA application is not yet secure for entry. Of course, the final decision is made by the customs officer, who asks a few questions that should be answered in a friendly and concise manner.
Most are asked for the reason of the stay in the US and the destination. Even those who have packed the suitcase and what is in it, the customs are always very interested.
But normally everything runs smoothly and you can then enjoy your vacation in the USA carefree.