Published: Jun 28, 2019, Updated: Mar 11, 2020
If you are needing an ESTA for a family or a group of travelers, then you can apply as a group of applications. To apply for a family or group ESTA, all U.S. bound travelers in the group must hold a passport from a visa waiver eligible country.
If you need ESTA for family or a group of travelers, you can apply online. Each application will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Approvals can take up to 72 hours, thus the group lead should plan to apply for all applicants well before the departure date to the United States to avoid any travel disruptions caused by pending or denied ESTA applications.
A group of applications allows you to submit ESTA applications for up to 50 travelers with a single payment. Applicants in a group of applications are not required to travel together. There are also additional benefits to submitting a group of applications, such as:
You can apply on behalf of another traveler, however you will need to indicate on the application form that you are applying on behalf of another individual. This is usually performed by selecting the box most relevant to third-parties applying on behalf of the applicant.
To apply for a group of individuals, you will need to obtain the following required information for each traveler to complete an application. Applicants are able to view the complete ESTA questions list before applying.
Yes, all visa waiver eligible travelers, regardless of their age, will require to have their own approved ESTA prior to their departure to the U.S. Each traveler must have a valid, un-expired passport and approved ESTA in their own name that also meets the ESTA requirements of an acceptable passport. Individuals applying on behalf of a family or group should also be familiar with rules around traveling to the United States with minors.
Travelers that are not eligible for ESTA or have denied entry through the Visa Waiver Program, will need to apply for a visa if they wish to visit the United States.
The ESTA allows individuals to submit applications for up to 50 travelers. Individuals submitting group or family applications should gather the passport, personal and travel details of those in their travel group before starting on the group or family application.