While experienced and frequent travellers get used to applying for entry visas to foreign countries themselves directly with the authorities, it can often seem a daunting and fraught experience for those that travel less often. Even though I am on the road most months, and have been for over 25 years, I do use expert service providers to get visas when visiting most countries that require them.
What is an ESTA, and why do you need one?
If you are a United Kingdom citizen and travelling to the United States you have to apply for an ESTA before you leave. This is the “Electronic System for Travel Authorisation” which the government there introduced to help improve security by pre-screening visitors to the country. It replaced the forms that you had to fill out on en-route. It is essential to have one before you leave and you are likely to be refused entry or face complications at immigration if you are travelling without one.
What are your options when applying for one?
An ESTA can be applied for directly with the United States authorities, although a service like Application-esta.co.uk provides a service that will help travellers by guiding them through the online submission, checking that all the details are correct and helping submit and confirm a successful submission and allocation of your ESTA. They will also help if you lose the number and need to retrieve it.
Why use a third-party expert to help your application?
On their site they explain that one of the main reasons that an ESTA application is rejected or refused is that there are errors in the application. To help travellers avoid this mistake they offer an online chat service and are available to answer questions via email. This is not possible if you apply direct with the authorities. Even once the ESTA has been successfully issued they will continue to help until it expires.
Can they help passport holders from other countries?
Although most of the applicants from the United Kingdom are English speakers, they can provide assistance in other languages if needed. They do not only help UK passport holders but can help citizens from any of the following countries that also qualify for the ESTA program: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Malta, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan.
Will using a third-party slow down the application process?
Using Application-esta.co.uk will not cause any delays in getting the ESTA issued as one the form is correct it is still submitted online and approval can be within minutes. Using them also removes the risk of rejection due to getting the process wrong. While there is a fee for using the service than applying direct, they do offer a money-back guarantee if your ESTA application is rejected. There is video they have produced that explains more about their service: Application-esta.co.uk Video
Remember, it is essential that you get an ESTA before you travel to the Unites States. If you feel uncomfortable applying directly as you have concerns about handling and managing the process take a look at Application-esta.co.uk as an alternative.