If you frequently travel to the United States for business, tourism or medical purposes, you should ensure that your ESTA is up to date. It is your responsibility to check that it is valid before each trip. Once your ESTA expires (two years after the date of approval), you will need to submit a new ESTA application. It is not possible to renew it, although some travellers refer to it as “ESTA renewal”. Once your new U.S. travel authorisation has been approved, it will be valid for two years.
Other reasons for renewing your ESTA application include:
- Change of name, gender or citizenship
- Obtaining a new passport since your last ESTA application
Such changes would mean that your previous ESTA would no longer match your passport and therefore a new ESTA must be applied for to reflect those changes. You will receive a new ESTA, and this means that the old travel authorisation will no longer be valid. You must use your new travel authorisation for all future travel to the United States.
Renewing your ESTA is exactly the same process as your initial application form. You will need all the same documents and information as before, including personal and passport information and details of your trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have a valid ESTA that matches your passport before you travel or you may be refused boarding of the aircraft or commercial vessel.
When Do I ‘Renew’ ESTA?
You should apply here to renew your ESTA at least 72 hours before your departure to the United States if any of the following conditions apply:
- You changed your legal name
- You changed your country of citizenship
- You changed gender
- You have a new passport
- Your answer to any of the yes/no questions on the application is now different
- Your existing authorisation has expired (which it does automatically after exactly two years)