The Visa Waiver Program allows foreign nationals from certain countries
to travel to the United States for business or pleasure, for stays of
90 days or less without obtaining a visa.
Who is eligible to apply for admission under the
Visa Waiver Program?
You are eligible to apply for admission under the Visa Waiver Program
(VWP) if you:
- Intend to enter the United States for 90 days or less for business,
pleasure or transit
- Have a valid passport lawfully issued to you by a Visa Waiver Program
- Have authorization to travel via the Electronic System for Travel
- Arrive via a Visa Waiver Program signatory carrier
- Have a return or onward ticket
- Travel may not terminate in contiguous territory or adjacent islands
unless the traveler is a resident of one of those areas
- Are a citizen or national of one of the Visa Waiver Program countries
Republic of Malta,
Who is required to have a travel authorization?
All passengers traveling under the Visa Waiver Program are required
to have an approved travel authorization prior to traveling to the United
States by air or sea. Even non-ticketed infants are required to have an
approved travel authorization, if they do not have a visa for travel to
the United States. An application may be submitted by a third party on
behalf of a Visa Waiver Program traveler.
Does a travel authorization guarantee me admission
to the United States?
If your electronic travel authorization is approved, this approval establishes
that you are eligible to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver
Program, but does not guarantee that you are admissible to the United
States. Upon arrival in the United States you will be inspected by a Customs
and Border Protection officer at a port of entry who may determine that
you are inadmissible under the Visa Waiver Program or for any reason under
United States law.
Is a travel authorization a visa?
No, an approved travel authorization is not a visa. It does not meet
the legal or regulatory requirements to serve in lieu of a United States
visa when a visa is required under United States law. Individuals who
possess a valid visa will still be able to travel to the United States
on that visa for the purpose for which it was issued. Individuals traveling
on valid visas are not required to apply for a travel authorization.
When do I need to apply for a travel authorization?
Applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel to the United
States. The Department of Homeland Security recommends that travel authorization
applications be submitted at least 72 hours prior to travel. Unless revoked,
travel authorizations are valid for two years from the date of authorization,
or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.