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Quick Esta question - do we have to print our ESTA confirmations for when we arrive? Because I haven't...


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1. Re: Esta

There was another discussion on the forum about this recently. The general consensus was that you don't HAVE to (few people have ever been asked for it) but that many do "just in case". You can re-access your ESTA online if you retrieve your details and can print from there. But if worst comes to worst and you can't print it, you SHOULD be ok.

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Immigration officials are not going to ask for your ESTA, when they scan your passport they see you have one.

Certain airlines do seem, according to some stories, to require them sometimes.

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No, you do not need a "print out".

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My parents are flying to New York in ten days , they were there over a year and a half ago . I was just online with my Father sorting out their API and ESTA and the website said they had 30 days left on their ESTA from the previous visit . Does this mean they are covered for their trip as it says the 30 days are valid until this September ? Has anyone gone through this before ?

Many thanks in advance,

kind regards Deedee

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if anyone wanted my print out, I'd ask them

"Why do you want a print out of an Electronic System for Travel Authorization, isn't it Electronic for a reason?"


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This is from our friends at the U.S. CBP:

“If you received approval and did not print out or write down your application number, which is needed in order to update your application or check your status, you may retrieve the application number through the ESTA web site (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/) by clicking "Retrieve Application Number" and enter the applicants name, date of birth, passport number and passport issuing country…..

…..You are not required to present a printout of your application number to board your flight. That number is transmitted electronically to the airlines. However, it is important to print a copy of your approved application as it contains your ESTA number that may be needed for reference purposes."

And for more information see (you may need to cut-and-paste the hyperlink into the URL in your browser):


Hope this helps. Your questions are always welcome.



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Edited: 04 May 2012, 23:29
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