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USA Visa


All passengers travelling to the United States are required to complete an online form used to screen passengers under the Visa Waiver Program. This is called ESTA - the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation.

The Visa Waiver Program enables citizens of participating countries to travel to the U.S. for tourism, business or transiting the U.S. for 90 days or less without obtaining a U.S. visa.

The purpose of ESTA is to speed up the process at airports and it is essentially an electronic version of the form previously completed at immigration. Passengers will not be allowed to board a flight or cruise to the United States without having successfully completed the ESTA online.

Passengers may apply for authorization via ESTA at any time prior to travel to the United States, but are encouraged to do so at least 72 hours before travelling. A fee of $14 applies. All passengers are required to present a printed copy of the authorisation to Customs and Border Protection.

As of 01st April 2016, all passengers travelling to the USA must have a valid electronic passport. Please see the following link for more information ie.usembassy.gov/

How do I obtain my ESTA?

Option 1 – Apply online on the official USA Immigration website

Passengers can apply for an ESTA online at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

For those who choose to apply for their visa independently, Travel Department accepts no responsibility for delays caused by incorrect supply of information and/or delays in obtaining sufficient information. The responsibility lies solely with the customer to supply the correct information on time in order to obtain a valid visa for travel. Travel Department accepts no liability for any issues encountered by customers who do not obtain a visa in time for their holiday. Customers may be refused entry into their destination if a complete and correct visa application is not processed in time.

Option 2 – Apply through our official partner, ‘Visa First’ in Dublin

Visa First can process the visa on your behalf. Please see contact details below:

Visa First               

Address: 14 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2

Phone: 01 878 3329                                         

Web: www.visafirst.com

Email address: info@visafirst.com

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 09.00hrs to 17.00hrs


-       The fee for an Irish or British passport holder is €45 per person.

-       For all other nationalities prices may vary, please contact the Visa First office for a quotation.

-       Processing time – 10 working days.

Visa First require the following items to be sent by email or post.

-       The completed Visa First order form.

-       A copy of your passport, valid for at least 6 months beyond the expiry date of the requested visa.

-       Fee

Visa fees can be subject to change.

Travel Department will not be held responsible for the loss of or damage to any document sent by post to Visa First. We strongly recommend you use registered post when sending valuable documents.

Visa First also operates a walk in service, so you can visit their office directly.

Please note that visa applications to be processed by Visa First should reach their office at least 15 working days before departure.

Please do not hesitate to contact Visa First should you have any queries.

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