This is a step by step demonstration of filling out an ESTA form online.
If you are planning on travelling to the United States any time soon then you will need to fill out an on-line form.
Electronic System For Travel Authorization.


  1. Hi Geoff On the home or mobile phone number do you put 44 01462 or drop the 0 and put 44 1462 ?

    1. Hi Neil. When I’m phoning from the us by using one of there land lines and phoning back to the UK I first have to dial 011 then 44 and whichever number you are wanting to get through to as you say drop the 0 so it would be something like 011 44 1462 and then whatever your personal number is. Before making a call from us via a payphone or hotel phone do purchase a phone card from many places, supermarkets gas stations, 7/11 stores, many places have them for $5 or $10 or more and you can get several calls from them and for quite a long time for each call.
      If dialing from your mobile the I believe the input number is +44 1462 etc, no need for the 011. What I found when travelling on plane I switch them off, on the us side I switch on, sometimes they have a signal after a while before leaving the airport, and more often than not by the time you are at your destination. A good thing is for someone in the UK to send you a text while your on your way in the plane as it will be received with the correct number. Be careful as mobile phones can be pricey for making calls if pay as you go, texts are free to receive and about 50¢ to send a single page text. The phone card I mentioned is really useful, they even have pay phones in many off the theme parks too and what you do us scratch off the silver panel with coin revealing numbers, first dial up the local number which you’ll see in large type on the card and then listen for the prompt which will say something like press 1 for English or 2 for Spanish, from there on it Will then ask you to input the numbers you scratched off. It will then tell you that you have $5 available, or $3.60 available depending on if you had used it previously. Anyway you’ll then be prompted to dial the full destination number 011 44 1462 and your number. Just before it rings it will tell you how much time you have for the call, mobiles are less time and land lines can be a couple of hours or so. Its not as complicated as I have put it here, you’ll find it straight forward and you’ll do it in seconds. Hope this helps.

    2. wow ! thanks for such an indepth answer ! i,ve learnt something very interesting and needed there 🙂 Anyway when i fill in the ESTA do i leave the 0 on the area code 01462 or drop it and put 1462 ? i,ve read some who have and been accepted and others who haven,t and still been accepted ha!

    3. thanks Geoff thats what i have done , just not sent it yet until i know i,m totally happy and right ha!

  2. very interesting video sir
    i need to ask something very importand i have greek passport but i have born In berat of Albania what i need to put when i make the application ???

    1. You’ll find it will come to a section which asks what your birth country is.

  3. Hi Geoff I,m just wondering when you fill in your address of where your staying in the USA do you need to put the postcode /zipcode as i noticed there is not a box for it ? is it optinal ?

    1. Hello Neil. if you pause this video somewhere on the 10:00 mark (Ten Minute Mark) you’ll see that there is indeed a place to put your zip code. You’ll notice I have added it in the box that is “Address Line 2”, this is what you’ll see…..( FL 32819 USA ). 32819 is an area Zip Code for Orlando in Florida. I Hope this helps. Regards Geoff Dean

    2. Thanks Geoff ..Yes i have paused it and i see what you mean 🙂 So is this an optional thing as i noticed there is no red asterisk by the box ? sorry to be a pest 🙁 I just want to make sure it right 🙂

    3. I would say that if you know the actual zip code that you are staying at then just type it in, otherwise the address as it is should Be OK.

  4. In the US contact section, how do I fill out this section, if I have not yet booked a flight or accommodation yet. Do I have to wait till I have confirmed travel plans before filling out ESTA.

    1. wow ! where is the photo part ? i am filling it in at the moment but not seen any passport photos mentioned ?

    2. you must have an old site as i have just got an esta this week and i came on your post as i wanted guidance adding the machine readable photo now required must be a recent change

  5. Thanks for helping me out with this video I’m
    Still not sure though about my citizen ship I was born in the uk got a uk passport in Ireland and have lived in Ireland for over 30 years am I an Irish citizen or a British citizen ?? I got stopped before travelling with virgin as they said my ESTA was not approved but it was as I had the papers don’t want the same to happen again and miss a flight , thanks so much

    1. Geoff Dean Theme Parks thank you so much Geoff you have been really helpfull I will try to contact them again wishing you a great week

    2. Oh that’s OK. I do hope its of good use to you. Regards . Geoff Dean.

    3. Geoff Dean Theme Parks it is not correct when you say UK covers North and South of Ireland. Only Northern Ireland is part of UK Southern Ireland is separate country in its own right

    4. You are absolutely right Liam. Southern Ireland is not part of the UK. I put the video up only as a rough guidance and hope that it will be helpful. I shall remember in future. Many thanks to you.

    5. Hi Mandy. If it is southern Ireland then that’s what needs to be put. If it’s northern then it will come under the UK, but do always double check by googling or any search engines.

  6. Do you print a form off to show USA customs what happens when I arrive there do you book holidays before or after

    1. Tyler English You can print off the form for your reference, the system will show that you have an esta approval. I usually book my holiday first and then sort out the esta. All estas last for two years inclusive.

    2. Geoff Dean Theme Parks OK what happens when u get two usa do they take your name to make sure you have esta. Or pay instalment for your holiday. Can u visit all over USA with the esta

    3. They’ll not have to see your esta in the USA. When you go through immigration control after you step off the plane they’ll scan your passport and from that alone it will show on their screen that you have an approved esta, don’t worry about that, its automatic. You can visit anywhere in the US over a two year period on your current esta.

  7. Hi Geoff. Thanks for the video. It was really helpful. I just have one question. On the telephone number part, it says telephone number (optional) I forgot to put the 44 code, I put 0 instead, since it’s optional, shall I leave it or start all over again?

    1. I wouldn’t worry about it. If you started again you’d be abandoning your original esta and paying for a second one, unless of course it allows you to update that piece of information. The USA embassy will already know the country code as you have put the the country you are from within the boxes. It just asks for your telephone number and doesn’t say anything about country code, I just thought it would be a good idea to add the code. I would imagine that thousands of people who send off the information just put their telephone number together with UK area code and that’s it. No I’m sure you are fine. Regards. Geoff Dean.

    2. Geoff Dean Theme Parks thanks Geoff. I didn’t want to take any chances, so I did my ESTA form again yesterday, on social media, people have been denied entry just for getting things wrong

  8. Can you help me with the passport scan? I tried several times with different form but sill doesnt work.

    1. I don’t believe you need to scan your passport, just input the number and relevant details into the boxes like your passport number, export dates etc. You don’t need to scan anything. I only put an example passport showing what to do. Hope this helps

  9. Hello. I keep having the INVALID STREET NAME error and I´ve already tried tu put it in so many different ways (number first, street first, etc) But still having same error… wtf is going on here? thanks a lot in advance

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