Submit Your ESTA Before Booking Your Walt Disney World Holiday
You are legally required to complete an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before travelling to the United States of America. If you have not completed an ESTA before travel you will be denied access into the country. That would not be a good start to your holiday!
In summary, an ESTA is a form which you submit which allows the US government to collect information about you before your arrival. This is compulsory for all passengers who wants to travel to the United States. An ESTA costs $21 each and lasts for two years.
Submit ESTA's Before You Book
Many people do not complete their ESTA until way after they've booked their Walt Disney World holiday. This can be a huge mistake.
If you book a holiday before submitting your ESTA, and your ESTA application is denied (which can happen, especially if you have a criminal record) you will NOT receive a refund on your deposit from your travel agent, and your travel insurance will not reimburse you either.
You should make sure you're clear to travel before you book. If you live life on the edge - or forget about the ESTA process - then it's advised you submit your ESTA at least three months prior to your holiday. This is because if you're denied, you need time to setup and arrange a VISA for travel.
Paying the $21 each up front to check you're safe to travel is the most sensible action you can take. Even if it means losing some time on the 2-year application.
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