U.S Travel Authorization

ESTA Visa For Visiting America - Irish Citizens

✓Irish citizens can submit an ESTA application

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) was created by the government of the US and is an online system used to evaluate the travel eligibility of Irish citizens who wish to enter the US without a regular visa. Before ESTA, citizens of eligible countries could only travel to the US with a visa obtained from the US embassy. Ireland is now a Visa Waiver Country and citizens of these countries can apply for an ESTA in order to stay in the US for up to 90 days. This includes travel for tourism, business or medical reasons. Submitting an application is simple and fast. All it takes is to fill out an online form. Your ESTA will then be sent to your email address within 72 hours.

The Visa Waiver Program For Ireland

Given the strong connection between Ireland and the US and the healthy economy of the country, Ireland is now a part of the Visa Waiver Program. To stimulate a steady flow of visitors to the US, the ESTA makes it easy for travellers to obtain permission to travel to the States. The technology of the ESTA makes for a smooth process and is of benefit to both countries.

  ESTA Visa FAQ For Ireland

  • An ESTA is not the same as a visa obtained from the embassy. By submitting an online form, travellers are pre-screened before boarding a ship or plane heading to the US. Thus, the ESTA makes it easy for Irish citizens to enter the US without the need for a visa.
  • The ESTA was established to ensure the safety of US citizens and to allow a smooth process for Irish travellers
  • 38 countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program
  • In case your ESTA application is denied, it may still be necessary to apply for a B-1 Visitor or B-2 Tourist Visa from the embassy
  • A successful ESTA application is no guarantee of entry to the US
  • The validity of the ESTA is 2 years and a new ESTA application can be submitted in case the old ESTA expired
  • Irish travellers with a destination outside of the US but with a transit in the Unites States can also submit an ESTA application
  • It is advisable to submit an ESTA application at least 72 before boarding