Can you get an urgent ESTA?

Do you need to obtain an urgent ESTA for the United States? Find out how to obtain this authorisation in two hours.

Apply for an urgent ESTA!

Generally speaking, it is quite rare that a traveller to the United States needs to make an urgent ESTA application, as the usual processing time for this classic application can take up to 72 hours at most. It is therefore possible to obtain this electronic residence permit in less than 3 days. However, some sites offering this service also allow you to obtain your ESTA in an even shorter time frame thanks to an emergency delivery option. This option allows you to obtain your ESTA within a few hours at most, for an additional fee. However, it is not possible to give any real guarantees regarding the delivery time for urgent applications.


How does an online urgent ESTA application work?

The procedure for applying for an emergency ESTA is the same as for a standard ESTA application for the United States. You will have to fill in exactly the same application form as for a traditional application.

The only difference is that you have to tick the emergency option, which will increase the price of your ESTA application and allow you to obtain your authorisation in a much shorter time.

By applying for an ESTA as a rush application, your file will be processed immediately after your form has been validated and, of course, after you have paid the fees by credit card. Note that this option is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can even obtain an ESTA in a hurry at the weekend, on public holidays or at night.

Obtaining an urgent ESTA can be a real advantage if you need to travel to the United States very quickly and you have not had time to prepare a traditional ESTA application.

However, it should be remembered that although you will pay an additional fee to have your ESTA application processed urgently, it is not possible for the service provider to give you a 100% guarantee that you will obtain this travel authorisation within the hour. Processing times by the US border authorities can vary considerably depending on the volume of applications.


Is it possible to speed up the processing of a traditional ESTA application?

If you have already submitted a traditional ESTA application online and would like to have it processed more quickly, you should know that this is not possible. It is not possible to transform a traditional ESTA application into an urgent application after paying the application fee, even if the application was made on another site.

It should also be noted that if you wish to take this step in an attempt to speed up the processing of your application, this may result in an additional delay in the processing of your file.


How can I be sure that I will receive my ESTA authorisation on time?

The best way to ensure that you receive your ESTA before your departure date is to apply online in good time.

Ideally, you should do this as soon as possible, i.e. as soon as you have decided to visit the USA. Remember that once you have obtained an ESTA authorisation, you can travel to the United States for a total of 2 years and you do not need to indicate any specific dates of stay.

By anticipating your future trips to the United States and applying for ESTA in advance, you will automatically have access to this travel authorisation, which will be electronically attached to your passport during these two years. It will therefore no longer be necessary to make an urgent application.


Is there a time limit for sending the ESTA authorisation once the application has been validated?

The good news about the online ESTA application procedure is that you will not have to wait to receive your travel authorisation by post.

 As soon as you have received approval from the US authorities for your ESTA travel authorisation, you will receive a simple notification by email and SMS.

You won't have to do anything else or even print the document that will be sent to you as your ESTA will be electronically attached to your passport. All you have to do is present your passport when you board your flight and when you arrive in the country so that it can be checked.


Mistakes to avoid that lengthen the time it takes to process an ESTA application?

Although all websites offering an online ESTA application form guarantee a processing time of at least 72 hours, this time may be extended due to errors made when filling in the form.

A spelling error in your first name or an error in entering your passport number may result in additional checks by immigration officials.

In order to avoid this type of inconvenience, we strongly recommend that you re-read all the answers you have given in the questionnaire before submitting it and paying the fee.

The best way to avoid making the slightest mistake that could delay the processing of your ESTA application is to use the website of a reliable service provider, which will allow you to obtain online help in the event that you are unable to answer any of the items on the form.

This is the case with the service provider we recommend on this page, which offers both assistance in filling in the ESTA application form and an urgent ESTA option.

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Frequently asked questions

What to do if you have not received your ESTA after 72 hours?

If you applied for your ESTA online more than 72 hours ago and you have not received the confirmation email for your travel authorisation, we recommend that you first check your spam or junk mail. Also check that the ESTA application fee has been debited from your account. You can also check the processing status of your ESTA from the website where you made your application or from the official US government website.

 What documents should I prepare for a quick ESTA application?

To ensure that your ESTA application is processed as quickly as possible and in the best possible conditions, we recommend that you prepare certain essential elements for filling in the form. Of course, you must have your valid passport with you, as you will be asked for the passport number when you apply. If you are applying for other travellers, you should also carry their passports with you.

How long will the ESTA be valid once obtained?

Once obtained, the ESTA authorisation will be valid for 2 years. This means that for two years from the date of issue, you will be able to make as many trips to the United States as you wish, as long as they comply with the rules set out in the system in terms of duration and purpose.