CBP Reminds Travelers to Allow 72 Hours for ESTA

December 14, 2018

– Visa Waiver Program users encouraged to apply early –

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), consistent with existing requirements, reminds international travelers using the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) for travel to the United States to apply as soon as possible but not less than 72 hours before their international flight is scheduled to depart.

Due to changes in ESTA application processing, real-time approvals will no longer be available.

Citizens of participating Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries traveling to the United States are strongly encouraged to apply for ESTA at the time of booking their trip and no later than 72 hours prior to departure.

Applicants who apply on the same day of their flight’s departure risk not having an approved ESTA prior to their scheduled departure. International travelers without an approved ESTA will not be authorized to board their flight.

For details, please see CBP’s online press release.