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Important Autorisation de Voyage (SEAV ou ESTA) Requirements to Know

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Autorisation de Voyage (SEAV ou ESTA) or Travel Authorization (SEAV or ESTA) is a facility by the Government of United States to allow entry into its country without applying and getting a compulsory visa, required by citizens of most other countries. It is a part of United States’ Visa Waiver Program. However, very few countries, 38 in total, have been included under Visa waiver program (VWP). These countries are Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Austria, Brunei, Czech Republic, Chile, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and United Kingdom.

Autorisation de Voyage (SEAV ou ESTA) requirements

There are other requirements for issue of Autorisation de Voyage (USA VISA) apart from being a citizen of any of the eligible countries, that a traveler must know.

  • The document is issued to a traveler who holds machine-readable passport or e-passport.
  • This document is issued for short duration visit of up to 90 days for specific purpose of tourism or business, and no extension is allowed. The holder of this document is not allowed to study, or do business/job on the basis of this document because this is not a specific non-immigrant visa issued for these purposes.
  • The application and issue of ESTA is made online. The traveler is required to check the eligibility prior to making of an ESTA application because countries can be removed or added at the discretion of US Government.
  • An approved ESTA document is a permission to enter into US, but not an assurance that entry will be allowed by the officials of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) under Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Keep in mind

The above are requirements that a traveler should know and check on the official website before making an application, else service charge, once paid, will not be refunded, if application is not accepted.

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