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Visiting America? The rules have changed...

Did you know that anyone flying to the USA is now required to complete the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) before they can enter the country?

With holidays just around the corner, you may be thinking of visiting America, whether it's a family break to the theme parks of Florida or a shopping trip to New York.

You should submit your ESTA application at least 72 hours prior to your departure although the system will accommodate last-minute travel.

Everything you need to know about ESTA

Who should apply for an ESTA?
The ESTA ruling applies to anyone travelling to the USA under its visa waiver scheme, which allows British passport holders to visit the country for up to 90 days without a visa.

Why do I need an ESTA?
The ESTA is a compulsory pre-checking scheme enabling the Department of Homeland Security to determine whether an individual is eligible to enter the United States prior to departure.

How much does an ESTA cost?
Nothing, it's free.

What do I need to include in my ESTA application?
Enter your personal information into an online form to include your name, date of birth and passport details, as well as details of your flight number and destination address in the USA.

How long is an ESTA valid for?
2 years and it will allow multiple visits to the USA within that time.

How do I apply for an ESTA?
To apply for an ESTA please visit -

Whilst travelling, it's important for you and your family to take out travel insurance against the potential high cost of medical care in the USA and other costs. As a Flexicover Direct policyholder, you will receive access to professional advice and protection 24 hours a day, every day of the year - so don't leave home without us!

Have a safe and pleasant trip!