Do I have to use the new "Upload Your Passport" feature?

Do I have to use the new "Upload Your Passport" feature?

Yes, You must upload your passport to continue with your ESTA Application. After successful completion of the photograph, ensure the information populated in the corresponding fields are correct as data entry errors could potentially delay the processing of your ESTA application.

What happens when I select “Upload Your Passport”?

If a camera is detected, you will be prompted to select your device's camera usage. For an Android device, select the camera icon. For an iOS device, select the option to take a photo or video.

Take a picture of the entire biographical data page of your passport and make sure the MRZ fills the entire width of the picture. The image should show the MRZ horizontally. Make sure that the photograph is not blurred, too dark and that the MRZ is legible. If you are satisfied with the sharpness of the image, accept it. Otherwise, take the picture again.

When you accept the image and it has been successfully added, the biographical data will be inserted into the form verify that your information has been filled in correctly.

If a camera is not detected, upload an image from the biographical data page of the passport. Only png, jpg and jpeg file formats are supported. Make sure that the picture is not blurry, too dark and that the MRZ is legible. Once you have successfully uploaded the image, verify that your information is correct.

What happens if the image is not successfully processed by ESTA?

The website will indicate that the image was processed incorrectly and you should try another, clearer image.

A travel authorization is valid for two years after the application date or until the passport expiration date whichever happens first.

If you obtain a new passport or change your name, gender or country of citizenship, you will be required to apply for a new travel authorization.

Renew an ESTA


A traveler must apply for a new ESTA when the previous authorization, or the applicant's passport, expires.

If your ESTA has expired, you must reapply by submitting a new application.

The average time to complete an ESTA application is 23 minutes.

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