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Visa Waiver Program

Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)

Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)

Although Romanian nationals do not currently qualify to travel under the Visa Waiver Program, travelers who qualify for the Visa Waiver Program are advised that effective January 20,2010 registration through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is mandatory prior to travel to the United States. Travelers who have not obtained approval through ESTA should expect to be denied boarding on any air carrier bound for the United States. Travelers wishing to register for ESTA directly should visit the ESTA website at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov to apply.

Effective September 8, 2010, travelers from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries are required to pay a fee of $14.00 when applying for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). For the latest news about ESTA please click here.

In most cases, ESTA will provide an almost immediate determination of eligibility for travel under the VWP:

  1. Authorization Approved: travel authorized
  2. Travel Not Authorized: Traveler must obtain a nonimmigrant visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate before traveling to the U.S.
  3. Authorization Pending: Traveler will need to check the ESTA website for updates within 72 hours to receive a final response.

An approved ESTA travel authorization is:

  • Valid, unless revoked, for up to two years or until the traveler’s passport expires
  • Valid for multiple entries into the U.S.
  • Not a guarantee of admissibility to the United States at a port of entry. ESTA approval only authorizes a traveler to board a carrier for travel to the United States under the VWP. In all cases, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers make admissibility determinations at our ports of entry.

Passport General Requirements for ESTA

Are you a national of one of the following countries?

Czech Republic Hungary Lithuania
Estonia Republic of Korea Malta
Greece Latvia Slovakia
  • You need a passport with an integrated chip containing the information from the data page (E-Passport).

Note: If you do not have an e-passport, you need to apply for a non-immigrant visa following the instructions available at Visa Application Process.

Are you a national of one of the following countries?

Andorra France Luxembourg Singapore
Australia Germany Monaco Slovenia
Austria Iceland The Netherlands Spain
Belgium Ireland New Zealand Sweden
Brunei Italy Norway Switzerland
Denmark Japan Portugal United Kingdom
Finland Liechtenstein San Marino
  • Passports issued or renewed/extended before OCTOBER 26, 2005 – they need to be machine-readable passports. No further requirements.
  • Passports issued or renewed/extended between OCTOBER 26, 2005 and OCTOBER 25, 2006 – they must be machine readable passports with digital photographs printed on the bio-data page or integrated chips with information from the bio-data page.
  • Passports issued or renewed/extended on or after OCTOBER 26, 2006 – they must be machine-readable passports and must have integrated chips with information from the bio-data page (E-Passport).

You may also check the ESTA Passport Requirements Chart (PDF - 196kb).

Note: If your passport does not meet the requirements listed above, you need to apply for a non-immigrant visa following the instructions available at Visa Application Process.

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