ESTA Visa for Swiss Citizens
The ESTA, or the Electronic Travel Authorization System, is not a visa. This distinction is essential. A valid ESTA authorization does not satisfy the legal requirements for a visa. Those who acquire a valid visa for the United States may enter the country for the purpose for which the visa was issued. Consequently, US visa holders are not required to apply for ESTA US, regardless of the reason or duration of their stay. A valid visa does not ensure entry into the United States, but an authorized ESTA does not guarantee access either.
ESTA is a visa waiver that serves a limited audience and has simple eligibility requirements:
- It’s for citizens of visa-exempt nations;
- It’s for temporary travelers (up to 90 days trip);
- Requires a valid biometric passport.
If a person meets the conditions above, they can apply for ESTA and travel to the United States for up to 90 days. However, a few additional requirements must be completed when applying for an ESTA visa waiver.