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USA ESTA for New Zealand Citizens

New Zealand is one of the 38 countries that form part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which allows citizens of the New Zealand to travel to the United States without having to obtain a visa, however, anyone wishing to travel to the the United States must as a requirement apply for ESTA. The entire ESTA application process is conducted online, and operates under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is not a visa. For this reason, a person from a country that is not within the Visa Waiver Program, can not apply for ESTA. New Zealand citizens that travel to the United States are advised to apply for ESTA at least 72 hours before your trip. ESTA approval is no guarantee for admission to the United States, however, it is required for travel either by air or sea.

What is ESTA

Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is an automated system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Authorization of allows travel to the United States for 90 days and is valid for 2 years. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers will inspect your documentation on arrival into the United States to determine entry based on standard relevant requirements. The collects biographic information and answers to VWP eligibility questions. may be submitted at any time prior to travel, though it is recommended that travelers apply as soon as they begin preparing travel plans or prior to purchasing airline tickets.


Once an application is received all personal information is treated with the strictest privacy protocols (Please refer to our Privacy Policy). Details submitted by applicants are checked by us for missing or incorrect information. We may contact you after you submit your application for necessary missing or possible incorrect information. All care is taken by us to help eliminate possible rejection or denial of applications. This helps assist in expediting the application approval process. Application processing costs here online are 75USD which is all inclusive of mandatory U.S. Government fees of 14USD. There are no additional fees to pay. Please ensure you have a valid passport and email address for delivery of your ESTA Application Approval. Applications can be completed, reviewed and processed online here by clicking the ‘Apply’ link above or you can visit a U.S. Government portal. A United States Customs and Border Protection official at a port of entry will have final determination on your entry into the U.S.

What is the Visa Waiver Program?

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP), administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in consultation with the State Department, permits citizens of 38 countries to travel to the United States for business or tourism for stays of up to 90 days without a visa. In return, those 38 countries must permit U.S. citizens and nationals to travel to their countries for a similar length of time without a visa for business or tourism purposes.

Who is required to apply for ESTA?

All eligible nationals or citizens of VWP countries who plan to travel to the United States for temporary business or pleasure under VWP are required to receive an authorization through ESTA prior to boarding a U.S.-bound airplane or vessel. The term "United States" refers to the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands of the United States, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Accompanied and unaccompanied children, regardless of age, are also required to obtain an independent ESTA approval. A third party, such as a relative or travel agent, is permitted to submit an on behalf of a VWP traveler.

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