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esta please help

In september travelling from gatwick uk to orlando have applied for my esta and been accepted. It says I do not print anything but how will they know I have been accepted at the airport? Is it to do with the chip in my passport, if so then how will my boyfriends work because his passport doesn't have a chip in it.

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1. Re: esta please help

They have access to the database. What would a printout prove anyway - anyone can mock up a printout

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2. Re: esta please help

As long as your ESTA has been approved then you are good to go - the airline will know your ESTA has been approved, you don't need any paperwork or print outs but I always have details of my ESTA Application Number just in case.

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The key to this is in the name. The 'E' in ESTA stands for 'electronic'. So your acceptance is stored on an electronic base and the staff at the airport when you check in for your flight will have access to this.

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I always take a print just in case, so I have the application number. However as others have said it's not necessary, it's electronic and I've never been asked for it.

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The system's simply really. When you apply for an ESTA you submit your name, nationality, and passport number (amongst other things). Before you fly, you're supposed to go onto the airline's website and provide the same information (APIS). Before you even get to the airport, the check-in staff know whether you have an ESTA or not as the two sets of information have been matched. Of course not everyone needs one - you might have a traditional "stamped in the passport" visa for instance, or various other official permissions to enter the US even though you aren't a citizen.

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