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Welcome to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization

International travelers who are seeking to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are now subject to enhanced security requirements and will be required to pay an administrative fee. All eligible travelers who wish to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program must apply for authorization and then pay the fee using the following process:

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Step 1
Complete Your Application
Step 2
Submit Your Application
Step 3
Record Your Application Number
Step 4
Make Payment
Step 5
View Your Application Status

Please refer to the Help link at the top of each Web page if you have questions.


Before you begin this application, make sure that you have a valid passport and credit card available. This application will only accept the following credit cards: MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover (JCB, Diners Club).

Apply for a New Authorization to Travel to the United States for Individuals or Groups

Select this option if:

  • You are a citizen or eligible national of a Visa Waiver Program country.
  • You are currently not in possession of a visitor's visa.
  • Your travel is for 90 days or less.
  • You plan to travel to the United States for business or pleasure.
  • You want to apply for a new authorization for one person or a group of applications for two or more persons.

Who is eligible for the Visa Waiver Program?

Retrieve Previously Submitted Authorization to Travel to the United States for One or More Persons

Select this option if you have already submitted an application for one or more electronic travel authorizations and you want to perform one of the following to one or more applications:

Paperwork Reduction Act: An agency may not conduct or sponsor an information collection and a person is not required to respond to this information unless it displays a current valid OMB control number and an expiration date. The control number for this collection is 1651-0111. The estimated average time to complete this application is 20 minutes. If you have any comments regarding this burden estimate you can write to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Regulations and Rulings, 90 K Street, NE, 10th Floor, Washington DC 20229. Expiration .

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