After you successfully completed and submitted your ESTA application, the Esta status will inform you about whether or not your application was approved.
Checking your ESTA status
As soon as your ESTA status changes, we will inform you immediately via e-mail.
The ESTA approval time typically takes a few hours, but may take up to 72 hours in some cases. This is why we advise you to apply for ESTA at least 72 hours before departure in case of any delays or complications.
ESTA Status meaning
The ESTA status can be either approved, pending, or denied, and is determined by the US Department of Homeland Security based on a variety of factors such as your criminal history, prior immigration violations, and potential risks to national security.
StatusMeaningWhat can you do
Your travel authorization was approvedYou can now travel to the United States
Your authorization has not yet been authorizedYou must wait before traveling to the United States
You will not be able to travel to the US with ESTAYou can apply for a non-immigrant visa / tourist visa
It is important to have an approved ESTA status before traveling to the United States!
ESTA is valid for 2 years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.
the 2 years you can enter US without having to reapply for ESTA.
The timer is starting on the date that your ESTA was approved.
You also need to reapply for an ESTA if:
If your ESTA is about to expire you don't need to wait until the expiration date to reapply.
Allowed duration of your stay in the US
The maximum duration of your stay in the US with an ESTA is decided by a US Customs
Border Protection officer upon arrival.
The maximum time the CBP officer can allow you to stay is 90 days and depends on the
purpose of your visit.
Please note that as an ESTA holder you cannot extend your stay beyond the authorized
Travelling to Canada or Mexico to try and reset the 90-day counter is not allowed.
You must leave North America completely to reset the ESTA 90 day limit.
In case you plan to stay longer than the maximum duration allowed for ESTA, you need to obtain a visa.
What can I do if my ESTA was denied?
If your ESTA application was denied it means that you will not be able to travel to the US under the Visa Waiver Program. However you can still apply for a visa at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
Entry denied despite of a valid ESTA
If your entry to the United States was denied despite having a valid ESTA, it means that the Customs and Border Protection officer at the port of entry found some inadmissibility ground that overrides your ESTA eligibility. The decision is at the This could be because of various factors such as your travel history, visa status, criminal record, health, and security concerns.
Error in your application
If you you made an unintentional mistake or typing error while applying on our
please inform us immediately.
We will do our best to try to arrange a correction of your application.
If you have specific questions or you need assistance with you application, feel free to contact us via our general support email address :
We strive to reply within one business day.
You can also call us:
+1 307 459 4613
09:00-12:00 AM (UTC−06:00)