Guide for filling out the ESTA application
Examples of filling out the ESTA application are provided below. Before starting to fill out the form, make sure you have your passport and credit card at hand.
Necessary items for ESTA application
Please prepare the following two items for ESTA application.
- Passport (with valid expiration date and IC chip)
- Credit card (it does not need to be the name of the applicant
A passport and credit card are required for ESTA application.Please provide the passport information of the person who is applying for ESTA.
In case of minor applying for ESTA, it is still required to provide the passport information of the minor not the parent. Make sure your passport is valid and has an IC chip that can be read by airport terminals.
For payment, credit card (VISA、MasterCard、JCB、Diners、AMERICAN EXPRESS) or Paypal is available. The credit card for payment is not necessary to be the same as the ESTA applicant’s in case of him/her not owning any credit cards.
ESTA Application Process
01.Start the application
ESTA application website: On top of ESTA Online Center homepage, click on “Apply for ESTA here” to begin the application process.
For the first name and last name, enter the same notation as in the passport in capital letters. This item is very important information for ESTA application. Please pay attention not to put your first and last name in wrong order, or misspell. If you have an alias from marriage or anything else, check “I have an alias” and enter your name.
Pay special attention to the Email address you enter not to make any mistakes. After completing the application, you will be receiving an each application reception, and travel authorization approval E-mail from us to the E-mail address you entered. Please make sure to set for our mails receivable if you use a free mail or your mobile device’s mail address, it may be sorted into a spam mail folder or may not be received.
Enter all addresses in English or Roman characters.
Please enter the address where the applicant currently resides, not the permanent address of the family register.
Passport information is the most important information for ESTA applications. Please make sure to input information on the passport correctly and double check after entering it. Also be careful when inputting date of issue and date of expiration not to make mistake.
06.Passports and national IDs of other countries
If you have been issued a passport or national identity card by any countries other than the one indicated “Country of Citizenship” under the applicant information, select “Yes” and enter the issuing country, document type, document number and expiration date. If you have forgotten your ID number or expiration date, or if you do not know them, you can select “UNKNOWN” for both items.
07.Birth country and city
If you are unsure which city you were born in, you may leave “City of Birth” blank.
08.Nationality and citizenship in other countries
If you currently have a nationality / citizenship other than your nationality, please select “Yes” and answer your nationality and history of acquisition (by birth / through parents /naturalization / others). If you have had a nationality or citizenship other than your nationality in the past, please select “Yes” and answer only the nationality.
09.CBP GE members
If you are a member of the GBP Global Entry Program, select “Yes” and enter your 9-digit GE membership number. If you are not a member or not familiar with, please select “No”. Click
here for more information on the CBP Global Entry Program.
Select “Yes” if you are connecting in the US, and select “No” if you are staying in the United States. If you select “No”, the message “Do you want to register your stay address and phone number?” is displayed. If you know the details of your staying, please select “Yes” and fill in the name, address and phone number of your stay. Select “No” if you do not know the details of where you stay because of undecided destination. Details for how to fill out address in US are shown here.
Select “Yes” if you have been working ,or have work experience in the past,and answer either employment status or employer name (workplace). Enter the employer’s address, phone number, and job title within your knowledge. If you don’t know, you can leave it blank. You can also enter past employer information.
Select “No” if you do not have work experience. In the United States, as part of measures for illegal employment by migrants from overseas, it is recommended to disclose work information for those who travel to the United States. For disclosing your work information is related to prove that you are not willing to relocate to the United States and that you will return to your country promptly.
If you want to register a SNS account that you are using now or one in the past, select “Yes” and enter the name of the SNS and your account name. If you are not using SNS or do not wish to register, select “No”.
Select “Yes” to register emergency contact information. Enter information about family members, friends, and work locations that can be contacted in an emergency.
Those who registering parents’ names,select “Yes” and enter them in Roman alphabets. You may enter the name(s) of your biological parents, adoptive parents, step-parents, or guardians. Select “No” if you do not know the name(s) of one or both of your parent(s), or do not wish to register.
Read all nine questions carefully and answer “Yes” or “No.” There is a very high likelihood that your ESTA travel authorization will be refused if you answer “Yes” to even one of these questions. Be sure to read the questions carefully before you answer them. If your ESTA is refused, you will need to obtain a nonimmigrant visa from the U.S. embassy.
16.Consent to ESTA application
Confirm contents of both “Disclaimer” and “Terms of Conditions” closely, and then check “Agree”. After checking the consent items, click on “Confirm Entered Information” below.
17.Application information check
Application information you have entered will be shown. Please reconfirm the information you have entered and make sure it has no typos or mistakes. Be especially careful of your name, passport number, and date of birth for any errors. After finding no mistakes, click “Go to payment” at the bottom of the page. This completes your entry of information to the ESTA application.
18.Payment of the application fee
Application fee could be paid with a Visa, Master Card, JCB, American Express, Diners Club credit card or PayPal. If the applicant does not own a credit card, or if the representative makes payment, a credit card does not have to be the applicant‘s. For application service fee on your behalf, 7,920 JPY (including tax) will be charged which includes the application fee of $14 charged by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Your entry procedures are complete when the message “Application completed” appears.
20.ESTA application receipt Email
The ESTA application receipt Email will be sent to the email address you registered during the application process. Also make sure to avoid the receipt Email being sorted to the SPAM file when using a webmail or mobile Email address.
21.Notification of travel authorization
Notification of the ESTA application approval will be sent to the Email address you registered during the application process. Please be acknowledged that it may take up to 72 hours till you receive the result of the notification in cases of system maintenance while in process of examining the ESTA application, or when status became “Travel authorization on hold”. Also make sure to avoid the receipt Email being sorted to the SPAM file when using a webmail or mobile Email address.
Your current residential address is required to be written in your passport as well. If the address on your passport has changed due to relocation, please draw a ruled line on the old address and write down your current residential address in your passport. Your passport is an important proof of your nationality and identity when you travel abroad. It is recommended that you write your current address as proof of your identity verification.
Checking the progress status
Upon completion of ESTA application, the application ID (33-digit alphanumeric characters) will be sent by E-mail. Those who would like to check the application status after applying for ESTA, please click here and enter the application ID.
The application ID is an important number. We recommend that you save an Email with your application ID until you complete your ESTA application and receive the review results.
This concludes the guide for filling out the ESTA application through the ESTA application website: ESTA Online Center.
UPDATE : 2020/11/05