As of October 19th, 2023, Israeli citizens can submit an ESTA application for visa-free travel to the USA! Learn what this means for Israelis and how the ESTA application works.
A privilege that has long been granted to many countries worldwide is now being offered to Israeli citizens: visa-free entry into the USA through a cheap, fast, and uncomplicated electronic ESTA travel authorization.
The ESTA program allows citizens of Visa Waiver member countries to visit the United States for a maximum of 90 days for business or leisure, provided they meet the required criteria.
Effective October 19th, 2023, Israeli citizens can apply for ESTA. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security had officially accepted Israel into the US Visa Waiver Program on September 26th, 2023.
Travelers who wish to use ESTA must not only be citizens of a country participating in the Visa Waiver Program but also meet additional requirements. These relate to the purpose of the journey and certain individual characteristics or life events of the traveler.
If you are a citizen of one of the soon-to-be 41 countries in the Visa Waiver Program, you can travel to the USA with ESTA, provided:
Since the introduction of ESTA, Israeli citizens can enter the US in a much more cost-effective and uncomplicated manner and with drastically reduced waiting times. Previously, entry was only possible with a classic visa from the embassies or consulates.
A comparison between an ESTA and a classic US visa:
|Entry to the USA||ESTA||US visa|
|Application:||online form||application + appointment in the embassy|
|Processing time:||max. 72 hours||15 - 30 days|
|Cost:||approx. € 49.90 (with additional services and securities via esta-application.com)||from $ 185|
|Maximum stay:||90 days||180 days and more (depending on visa category)|
|Suitable for:||tourist travel, business travel, transit, medical treatment||tourist travel, business travel, students, job applicants, spouses, fiancées, immigrants (Green Card)|
The cost for ESTA approval on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website is $ 21 but does not include additional services and security.
Israeli citizens must apply for a US visa if they:
Learn everything you need to know about traveling to the USA with ESTA:
You can submit your ESTA application through esta-application.com or directly to the US government.
Remember that any mistake can jeopardize your ESTA approval and cause you to be banned from the ESTA system forever. That's why we recommend that you apply through an ESTA agency. For a thorough review of your information and personalized ESTA application assistance, use esta-application.com.
This is how you complete your ESTA application on esta-application.com:
After payment, your application is checked for accuracy, corrected with your help (if necessary), and then submitted to the US authorities. You will be notified of the application status within minutes in some cases but within 72 hours at the latest.