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ESTA Visa Waiver Program

Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)

WARNING: ARE YOU OVERPAYING FOR YOUR ESTA??  Visa Waiver Program travelers should be aware that unauthorized third-parties have established web sites which charge visitors for information about ESTA and for submitting ESTA applications on behalf of the traveler. Some of these business charge $75 or more to process an ESTA! The cost of an ESTA through the official website is $14. We urge you to only use the official website to apply for your ESTA. The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) site is easy to use and available in 16 languages, including Icelandic.

THE EMBASSY DOES NOT RECOMMEND MAKING FLIGHT ARRANGEMENTS AND PURCHASING TICKETS UNTIL YOU HAVE A VALID ESTA!!!!

We recommend that applications be submitted no less than 72 hours prior to travel, and we urge you not to buy an airline ticket until you have an approved ESTA or a visa.  

Please read all questions carefully! If you have been arrested, but the arrest took place years ago and has since been removed from your Icelandic Criminal Record, you are still required to answer “yes” when asked if you have ever been arrested. Failure to answer all questions accurately may result in you being denied entry into the United States, and having to return to Iceland on the next available flight.

Once you submit the ESTA request, in most cases you will receive a response within seconds:

  • Authorization Approved: Travel authorized.
  • Travel Not Authorized: Traveler must obtain a nonimmigrant visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate before traveling to the U.S.
  • Authorization Pending: Traveler will need to check the ESTA Web site for updates within 72 hours to receive a final response.

An Approved Travel Authorization via ESTA is:

  • Valid, unless revoked, for up to two years or until the traveler's passport expires, whichever comes first;
  • Valid for multiple entries into the U.S. As future trips are planned, or if an your destination addresses or itineraries change after their authorization has been approved, you may easily update that information through the ESTA Web site; and
  • Not a guarantee of admissibility to the United States at a port of entry. ESTA approval only authorizes a traveler to board a carrier for travel to the U.S. under the VWP. (For additional information, please visit "For International Visitors" at www.CBP.gov/travel.)

Eligible Countries:

Countries currently enrolled in the Visa Waiver Program include:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, The Republic of Korea, San Marino, Singapore, The Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The United Kingdom.

You may also enter the United States overland from Canada and Mexico without a visa.  Once you enter the United States, you may make side trips to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean islands and return without needing a visa. If you are entering by land, you must be in possession of an approved ESTA and a completed form I-94W, issued by the immigration authorities at the port of entry, and pay a $6.00 fee, payable only in U.S. dollars.

Questions?

The ESTA program is managed by the Department of Homeland Security in the United States. This means that U.S. Embassies and Consulates do not have access to ESTA information and we cannot verify the status of your ESTA application. The U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik can answer general questions about the ESTA program or clarify how to apply for an ESTA. Please send your ESTA related questions to us by email at reykjavikconsular@state.gov.

If you want to verify that you have a valid ESTA you must contact the U.S. Customs and border Protection agency directly. Contact information and answers to the most common ESTA problems can be found on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.