American ESTA
Electronic System for Travel Authorisation

Travelling to America (U.S.)?

If you hold a British Passport and are travelling to America for business
or tourist purposes, you will need an ESTA! To request an application pack and receive more information from our Visa Specialists, please contact us on 01270 250 590. Please note that the granting of any American ESTA is dependant upon consular discretion. We advise
that you apply 72 hours before your expected travel date.


All passengers travelling to America MUST hold a passport with an integrated chip (effective from 1st April 2016). As well as this, anyone who has travelled to Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since 1 March 2011 or who are dual nationals of these states, can no longer travel to the US under the visa waiver program. A full visa will now be required (for stays of 90 days or less).Some exceptions apply on a case-by-case basis. Categories of travellers who may be eligible for a waiver include:

  • Individuals who travelled on behalf of international organisations, regional organisations, and sub-national governments on official duty;
  • Individuals who travelled on behalf of a humanitarian non-government official;
  • Individuals who travelled as a journalist for reporting purposes;
  • Individuals who travelled to Iran for legitimate business-related purposes following the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (July 14, 2015); and
  • Individuals who have travelled to Iraq for legitimate business-related purposes.

The Travel Visa Company Ltd, an ABTA industry partner and ITT member, is now offering a unique processing system for the American ESTA, Travel Authorisation System, in lieu of the charges being applied by the American Government. Our system is an alternative for clients who do not have access to, or wish to apply over the internet and enter sensitive account information into an impersonal, online application system.