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  • How many days in advance should I apply for ESTA?
    Once you have decided to travel or stay within the continental United States and the US archipelago such as Hawaii within 90 days, you will be required to apply for ESTA.In the Mariana Islands such as Guam and Saipan, you can enter the country without applying for ESTA, but it will take time to enter the country, and if you do not apply for ESTA, the maximum length of stay will be limited to 45 days. It will be.If you are applying for ESTA, you will be allowed to stay for up to 90 days. There is no specific rule that ESTA must be applied 3 days in advance, but normally the examination result will be obtained within 72 hours, about 3 days after application, so apply 3 days in advance. We recommend that you complete the procedure.However, it may take longer due to system maintenance, system troubles, and server down on the US side.ESTA applications are accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and you can submit your application 24 hours a day.The system is such that the examination results will be obtained within about 3 days after application, but we strongly recommend that you apply for ESTA as soon as possible once you have decided to travel to the United States. ■ Why do you need ESTA when you travel to the United States?I'm sure some of you may be wondering, "Why do I need to apply for ESTA when I travel to the United States without a visa?"In the United States, ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) has been applied to all countries including Japan, which has been exempted from short-term stay visas since January 2009 for reasons such as conservation within the United States and border measures to prevent terrorism in the United States and throughout the world. We have made it mandatory to obtain certification for the Travel Authorization System).With the introduction of ESTA, information on travelers who are exempt from short-term stay visas can be registered online before leaving for the United States, and each applicant can enter the United States without obtaining a visa. It is now possible to confirm in advance whether or not there is any danger to the United States when entering the United States.People in countries where the United States is granted a visa exemption for short-term stays, including Japan, can go to the United States without applying for and obtaining a visa for tourism or business purposes within 90 days. We allow you to enter the country. So to speak, ESTA can be said to be a travel authorization qualification that is absolutely necessary when entering the United States without obtaining a visa.You will also need to apply for ESTA even if you are connecting to an airport in the United States to travel to a third country. If you do not apply for ESTA and obtain certification before you depart, you may be refused immigration to the United States or boarding the plane.Be sure to apply for ESTA when you travel to the United States or when you arrive at an airport in the United States for a transfer.Also, if you have a US visa, you do not need to apply for and obtain an ESTA. Q & A ■ Is it possible to apply for ESTA even on the day of travel?Many people apply for ESTA on or just before their travel because they did not know the existence of ESTA or forgot to apply for ESTA when traveling to the United States. Even on the day of travel, the ESTA examination will proceed smoothly, and in some cases the travel authorization will be granted safely, but in some cases the examination will be suspended even temporarily and the examination results will not be obtained smoothly. There is.Please note that the ESTA examination result may not always be approved smoothly when you apply on the day of your travel.ESTA is an authentication system that allows you to apply even if you are not the applicant who is traveling. If you do not have time to apply, you can ask a substitute. If you have any questions, please contact us. If you request ESTA application from our center, we will notify you by e-mail of the examination result. Q & A ■ Can I apply for ESTA even if I travel several months in advance?​You can apply for ESTA once you have decided to travel to the United States. Although you have decided to travel, you can apply for ESTA even if your accommodation or accommodation is undecided, and we recommend that you apply early when your travel schedule is decided.ESTA is valid for 2 years. However, if the passport is valid for less than 2 years, it will be the same as the passport.Please check the expiration date of your passport before applying for ESTA. ■ Let's complete the ESTA application at least 3 days before travelIn most cases, the examination result when applying for ESTA is confirmed within 72 hours for 3 days, but during the period when there are many travelers such as March and August, and large-scale system maintenance is performed. After that, it takes time, and in some cases it takes a long time to get the result.In consideration of such a situation, the US side recommends that you complete your ESTA application at least 3 days before your departure. ■ If your ESTA application is rejected, you will need to apply for a visa.If you have applied for ESTA but have been denied your application for some reason, you will need to apply for a visa.Visas include "B visas" for those who are mainly for sightseeing, "E visas" for those who are stationed mainly for business purposes, and those who are transferred or transferred to a company in the United States. There is an "L visa" for you. All visas are required when traveling to the United States, and in most cases it takes about one to two months from application to obtaining a visa.The major difference between applying for an ESTA and applying for a visa is that in addition to the time it takes to obtain a visa, it takes more time and money to apply for a visa in various aspects such as the number of documents that must be submitted and whether or not you have an interview at the consulate. ..Therefore, if you are traveling to the United States for a short trip or training, we recommend that you apply for ESTA rather than a visa.When applying for ESTA, if even one of the eligibility questions is answered "yes", it may take 72 hours or more to review. If the result of your ESTA application is "Travel authorization refusal", check again whether you have entered the facts correctly, and whether you have entered the numbers and alphabet symbols correctly, and investigate the cause. will do.If it becomes clear that the cause of "Travel authorization refusal" is an input error, it is necessary to enter the correct information again after 24 hours or more from the notification of the examination result and apply for ESTA again. there is.(If you apply for ESTA again, you will be charged again.)ESTA applications are accepted all year round and can be submitted 24 hours a day.If you decide to travel or travel to the United States, please apply for ESTA as soon as possible.
  • I can't upload my passport...
    Usually, you can upload your passport by taking a photo of your passport with a smartphone. Isn't the image size of the photo too big? Please check the photo size of your smartphone once again. The types of images that can be uploaded are jpg, jpeg, png, gif, webp, Maximum file size is 10MB. The entire page must be visible, including the machine-readable portion at the bottom of the passport (MRZ code). ​MRZ Please be sure to take a continuous shot. If the entire face photo page is not shown, is blurred, or cannot be correctly identified due to lighting reflections, we may ask you to resubmit after accepting the application. Please make sure that all the following items are shown in the image. ・The entire passport photo page is clearly visible and is centered in the image ​ ・Some parts are cut off or hidden ・The whole page is not shown ・Blurry ・I can't read the text due to flash and lighting reflection ​ Once you have prepared the image, click [Upload PASSPORT] "Select file" in the application form and upload it. ​
  • I am planning to travel to Hawaii. Is it necessary to obtain an ESTA?
    Hawaii is also a US territory. When traveling to Hawaii, Japanese nationals must obtain an ESTA in advance, just like in the mainland United States. Different from a visa, if you are traveling to Hawaii for 90 days or less, you can travel smoothly by obtaining an ESTA. ESTA is an electronic travel authorization required to travel to the United States, including Hawaii, and does not necessarily guarantee entry. It is up to the immigration inspector at the airport to decide whether or not to enter the country. When going through immigration, be sure to clearly state the purpose of your trip and the period of stay. ESTA is mandatory regardless of age. If you are planning to travel to Hawaii with your family or group, please apply for ESTA for all accompanying persons. Be sure to apply at least 72 hours before your trip.
  • I'm going to the United States with my baby, do I need to get an ESTA for my baby too?
    If you are traveling to the United States (USA) and do not have a visa, you will need to obtain an ESTA in advance. ​ Please apply for your child as well.
  • Is there a cost to apply for ESTA?
    It will take. The US Government costs US $ 14 per ESTA application. Our processing fee includes US $ 14 paid to the US Government, so there is no additional cost.
  • Is it okay to ask my family, acquaintances, or friends to apply for ESTA?
    You can apply for ESTA by a proxy such as a family member, acquaintance, or friend. When requesting an ESTA application from a family member or acquaintance, personal information such as your passport information, date of birth, address, and place of birth will be required, so please tell them accurately. In addition, you can apply even if you have not decided where to stay in the United States. Since ESTA is screened by the US CBP (United States Customs and Border Protection), all entries must be in English (Roman letters). If you are unfamiliar with English, please consult your family or acquaintances who can share your personal information. On this site, you can apply in Japanese except for the name on your passport. Even if the name of the credit card used to pay the application fee is different from that of the applicant, it will not affect the screening process.
  • Do I need a visa in Hawaii?
    Hawaii, like the continental United States, does not require a visa application for sightseeing, short-term business, or transit travel within 90 days.The ESTA Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows you to travel without having to apply for a visa because your ESTA authorization has been approved. In other words, it is necessary to apply for ESTA for general Hawaii tourism.However, you may be denied travel by ESTA because you have been denied entry to the United States in the past, your visa application has been rejected, or you have a criminal record. You will have to apply for a visa, so if you have a plan to travel to Hawaii, we recommend that you apply for ESTA with plenty of time.In addition, those who have traveled or entered Somalia or Yemen, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Iran, and Sudan after March 1, 2011 under the Terrorist Travel Prevention Act will, in principle, use ESTA to enter the country. You can't. Please check the US Embassy website (https://japanese.japan.usembassy.gov/j/visa/tvisaj-estageneralfaq.html#9) for detailed explanations in Japanese. * Visa Waiver Program VWP (Visa Waiver Program) Participating CountriesGermany, France, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, Czech Republic, Chile, Brunei, Belgium, Austria, Australia, Andra, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland. Spain, Ireland, Iceland, Hungary, Greece, Italy, Mona, Malta, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Estonia, Luxemburg, England* British citizens must have permanent residence in Channel Island, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales in order to obtain the Visa Waiver program. Visa Waiver Program VWP (Visa Waiver Program) Terms of Use You must be registered as a travel permit with the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).Must stay in the United States for 90 days or less.You must be a member of the Visa Waiver Program and have a passport (IC passport).The purpose of travel is commercial, short-term training, contract negotiation, tourism, travel, visits to acquaintances, participation in unpaid events and contests, transfers, and passages.When entering Japan by sea or air, you must have a boarding ticket / travel ticket for the following destinations or round trips.If you have an e-ticket, please bring a copy of your travel itinerary.Click here for more information on the Visa Waiver program (VWP) * Required items when entering HawaiiValid passportWhat are the passport requirements for traveling using ESTA?Valid machine-readable passports (Currently, all passports issued in Japan are machine-readable passports)Depending on the passport issuance date, the following conditions must be met.Machine-readable passports issued after October 26, 2006 must be E-passports (IC passports).Machine-readable passports issued between October 26, 2005 and October 25, 2006 must have a digital photo on the photo ID page.Passports issued before October 26, 2005 must be machine-readable passports.Nationals of Greece, Malta, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, South Korea and Slovakia must have an E-passport (IC passport) regardless of the date the passport is issued.Round-trip or Hawaii to third country flights, boarding ticketsImmigration documentsThose who have ESTACustoms Quarantine DeclarationSince ESTA is managed on the system, you do not need to submit a copy of your authorization information.Those who have a visaImmigration Card (I-94) / Customs Quarantine Declaration* Immigration cards and customs quarantine declarations will be distributed on board. Write in romaji using a blue or black ballpoint pen.* Simple flow from arrival to entry 1. Arrive in Hawaii, USAAfter the plane arrives at the airport, you will be guided to the immigration office. 2. Go to immigration areaLine up for immigration for non-residents.When called by the examiner, proceed and submit your passport, customs quarantine declaration, and immigration card I-94 (only for those with a visa).After answering questions such as the purpose of stay and the length of stay, fingerprint collection and facial photography are completed.From the viewpoint of security, the use of photography equipment is prohibited in this immigration area.Automated Passport Control (APC) is now available at Honolulu Airport in Hawaii.First of all, those who have traveled to the United States using ESTA after 2009 will be eligible when re-entering Japan with ESTA.With this terminal, you can easily check your passport, collect fingerprints, and take a photo of your face without having to interact with the immigration inspector, which will shorten the time required for immigration procedures.However, even if you have entered Japan with ESTA, you cannot use it if your passport is new.When you renew your passport, you will be subject to the same immigration as before.This APC terminal is installed at major airports in the United States.* APC terminal usage procedureSelect a language (Japanese is also supported)Scan your passport according to the instructionsFace photo shootAnswer questions about customs declarations, personal information, travel information, etc.Fingerprint collectionAfter completing the above procedures, an immigration certificate (receipt) will be issued and you will need to submit it to the immigration inspector. 3. Receive your luggageCheck the airline and flight number information and pick up your luggage from the conveyor belt.However, there are many cases where luggage is placed on the floor because it is transported very quickly. 4. CustomsSubmit a customs censorship declaration and go to the exit.However, you may be randomly nominated and undergo an X-ray inspection of your luggage.
  • Do Guam and Saipan need a visa?
    Guam-Saipan Northern Mariana Islands Federal Visa Waiver Program (Guam-CNMI VWP) is available, so you do not need a visa if you are traveling for business or sightseeing for less than 45 days.This is not a pre-application on the internet like ESTA, but fill out and submit the in-flight handouts (I-736 and I-94).Use ESTAESTA holders will be exempt from filling out the above immigration documents (I-736 and I-94) and will simplify immigration. You don't have to fill out the immigration card, so you don't have to worry about making mistakes.In addition, since April 2016, a dedicated lane has been set up that can only be used by ESTA holders.The US Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recommends ESTA entry into Guam.If you use ESTA, you can stay within 90 days instead of 45 days.Click here for a detailed explanation of ESTAGuam-Northern Mariana Islands Federal Visa Waiver Program (Guam-CNMI VWP) Participating CountriesAustralia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom* If you have a Taiwanese passport, you must have a national ID card and a Taiwanese passport, and only when traveling to Guam or the Northern Mariana Islands on a direct flight from Taiwan without a transfer.However, you can transfer within the Guam / Northern Mariana Islands (US territory).Guam-Northern Mariana Islands Federal Visa Waiver Program (Guam-CNMI VWP) Terms of use* Must enter or stay in Guam or the Northern Mariana Islands for 45 days or less.* You must have a non-transferable round-trip ticket that confirms that your departure date does not exceed 45 days from the date of entry into Guam or the Northern Mariana Islands.* You must have an I-736 and I-94 that have been filled out and signed in all items.* Compliant with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) and have a valid machine-readable passport issued by the country concerned.* You have not violated the conditions for entry before.* Previous entry includes Guam-Northern Mariana Islands Visa Waiver Program, previous Guam Visa Waiver Program, regular Visa Waiver Program, Section 217 (a) of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, and entry of all immigrant or nonimmigrant visas. Includes provisions regardingWhat you need when entering Guam and SaipanValid passportRound-trip or Guam, Saipan to third country flights, boarding ticketsImmigration documents* The same applies when connecting to a third country other than Guam. Those who do not have ESTAImmigration Card (I-736 and I-94) / Customs Quarantine Declaration Those who have ESTACustoms Quarantine DeclarationSince ESTA is managed on the system, you do not need to submit a copy of your authorization information. Those who have a visaImmigration card (I-94 only) / Customs quarantine declaration* Immigration cards and customs quarantine declarations will be distributed on board. Write in romaji using a blue or black ballpoint pen. ​Documents required for minors to travelThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a travel agreement from parents or non-accompanied parents when a traveler under the age of 18 travels alone or with one parent. You have been informed that you will need it.This is to address the increasing abduction of children by one parent during custody proceedings and the international removal of children.However, you do not have to show this travel agreement yourself at the time of immigration.It will be presented only when the immigration inspector asks a question.There have been no cases in which minors have been denied entry in the past.Travel that requires the consent of parents or guardians (grandfather or grandmother)Travel only for those under the age of 18Traveling with grandparents not accompanied by parentsTraveling with children to grandparents / uncles / aunts / friends, etc.Educational trips such as school trips and study trips* There is no official form of travel agreement. An example of filling out the consent form is posted on the Guam Visitors Bureau website (http://www.visitguam.jp/plan/immigration-to-guam/#child). If you need a public certificate (such as a copy of your family register) that shows your family structure in addition to the consent formMarried couple's surnameAn international marriage with different parents' surnamesBereavement of father or motherTraveling with father or mother because parents are divorced* The official certificate requires an English translation, but you may also attach or add an English translation to a copy of the original.US CBP recommends applying for ESTA when entering GuamJapanese nationals do not need to apply for a visa when traveling for less than 45 days for sightseeing or business due to the Guam-Northern Mariana Islands Visa Waiver Program (Guam-CNMI VWP).However, in order to simplify and expedite immigration upon arrival at Guam Airport, the U.S. CBP (Department of Homeland Security, Customs, and Border Protection Bureau recommends applying for ESTA when entering Guam. increase.Applying for ESTA in advance not only facilitates immigration procedures upon arrival, but also eliminates the need to write documents that must be completed on board, allowing you to relax after boarding the plane until arrival. Is possible.By applying for ESTA before you travel, you will be able to enjoy your trip to Guam without stress by significantly reducing the waiting time when you arrive at Guam Airport.For safe and comfortable travel, we recommend applying for ESTA when entering Guam.What are the benefits of ESTA when entering Guam? _D04a07d8-9cd1-3239-9149-20813d6c673b_​● No need to fill out two documentsWhen traveling to Guam and the United States, you will need to fill out two documents, I-94 and I-736, on the plane, but if you apply for and obtain ESTA in advance, you will not need to fill them out. Both the I-94 and I-736 are written in Roman letters, and we recommend that you apply for ESTA especially if you are not good at English or want to relax on board. ​​ ● You can enter the country without stress in the ESTA exclusive lane.Guam Airport has its own immigration lane available only to those who have applied for ESTA. This ESTA-only lane was temporarily abolished, but it was reopened in April 2016 in response to the increase in Guam tourists.When the number of travelers increases, such as during the year-end and New Year holidays and summer vacation, immigration may take some time and a considerable amount of waiting time may be required, but those who applied for ESTA are given preferential treatment by preparing a dedicated lane. _D04a07d8-9cd1-3239-9149-20813d6c673b_ ● You can stay in Guam for up to 90 days.Japanese nationals can enter Guam without a visa, but normally it is stipulated that the maximum is 45 days.However, by applying for ESTA, you can stay in Guam and the Northern Marijuana Islands (Saipan) for up to 90 days.Those who have applied for ESTA are considered to be very supportive of immigration for the United States, and are given preferential treatment in various aspects of travel and business in Guam.​Notice of entry from Guam CustomsThe Guam government has set restrictions on luggage and carry-on when foreign nationals enter the country. We appreciate your understanding so that you can stay with peace of mind.The following range is tax-free when entering Guam (for adults)Alcoholic beverages: up to about 3700 mlCigars, cigarettes: up to 5 cartons or 1000 cigarettesCash and travel checks must be declared when entering the country with $ 10,000 or more. Also, please do not bring in dangerous goods.Regarding bringing in medicineIf you have a chronic illness or illness and want to take a medicine prescribed at the hospital to Guam, you need to prove that you have the medicine you want to have for the right reason. We recommend that you have your "Certificate of Carrying" ready.In most cases, you will be allowed to bring your medicine with you for the number of days you plan to stay.However, due to measures to prevent terrorism, the examination of bringing in medicines is becoming stricter. Please be aware that you may be confiscated during the baggage inspection at Guam Airport, or it may take a long time for the hearing.Airport staff often do not know what a drug looks like, so prepare and bring documents in advance to prove that it is not a drug or dangerous drug when you enter the country. It is recommended to become.For more inquiries, please contact Guam Customs.Prohibited items (partially listed)Here are some of the things you can't bring in when you enter Guam.Vegetables, fruits and plants with mud and roots and leavesIncluding chicken, pork, beef, and other processed productsEggs and dairy products in general (only powdered milk can be brought in if it is unopened) Access from Guam International AirportAs of May 2017, there are no public buses from Guam International Airport, so you can rent a car or take a taxi from the airport.It takes about 15 to 20 minutes by car from the airport to the central Tumon area.
  • ESTA application is required even when connecting in the United States !?
    There are three main cases when you enter the United States for the purpose of transferring. That's transit, transfer, stopover (■ ESTA is necessary even for a small transfer in the United States)Many people may think that entering the United States is only a transit, so you do not need to apply for ESTA. However, even if you are transferring or transferring flights, you must apply for ESTA when you enter the United States unless you have a visa.The reason is that it is judged that you have stayed in the United States even for a short time when you are connecting to a third country via the United States. And more importantly, the United States will prevent suspicious persons who have an unreasonable purpose to go to a third country via the United States in advance by ESTA's preliminary examination, and will prevent them from traveling to a third country. Because it has an important purpose.In the past, the United States has been severely damaged by acts of terrorism from other countries and has caused many casualties.This ESTA was born as part of safety measures based on the lessons learned from such past disasters. Even if you have only a few transfers for an hour or two, everyone will need an ESTA when you land in the United States, so please prepare your application in advance. ■ Don't forget to apply for ESTA for preschoolers and infants to accompany you The ESTA application criteria will not change even if you are connecting.ESTA is required for all ages, so don't forget to apply for anyone traveling through the United States.ESTA is required even for preschoolers and infants. After applying for ESTA, it may take about 3 days or 72 hours for the notification of the examination decision to arrive, so if you plan to travel to the United States or transfer in the United States, please contact ESTA as soon as possible. Let's make an application.If you do not have an ESTA travel authorization in advance, you may be denied entry to the United States or boarding an airplane. We recommend that you reconfirm the flight number, destination, and airport you are traveling to, especially if you are planning to travel with your family or group. ■ Differences between transit / transfer / stopover (layover) Layover). It may be familiar to those who travel abroad frequently, but the clear difference may not be well recognized. Once again, I will explain these three meanings, their differences, and points to note.* What is transit?Transit has a strong meaning of "transit". The main purpose of transit is to land once at an airport on the route to refuel and food to the destination and prepare to depart for the destination again on the same plane.In the case of transit on overseas flights, it often takes about 1 to 2 hours to call at the port, and passengers may wait on board or use the transit room inside the airport. When you transit, the cabin will be cleaned, so when you leave the plane, put all your luggage in your feet or in your seat pocket in the overhead luggage rack. Also, be sure to bring your passport and valuables with you when you leave your seat.At the time of transit, airport staff will give you a card exclusively for transit passengers. Although it is a short time, please keep it in a safe place and be careful not to lose it.* What is transfer?Transfer has a strong meaning of "transfer". The big difference from transit is whether you fly to your final destination or not. In general, the act of switching to another plane is often collectively referred to as "transit," but the exact meaning is different.In the case of trussers, depending on the time of transfer and the structure of the airport, it may be necessary to move between airports or terminals for transfer, or to have a new boarding pass issued at the airport where you are transferring. ..Know in advance whether it's a transfer or a transit, and make sure you check it when you receive your boarding pass at the time of departure.* StopoverWhat is (layover)?A stopover has a strong meaning of "staying for at least 24 hours on the way to your destination."Stopovers are said to be British English and layovers are said to be American English, but the word stopover is also used in the United States.Even if you stay within 24 hours or across dates, it is sometimes called a stopover, but it usually means a stay of 24 hours or more.​■ US Visa Waiver Program by ESTA -4 application conditions-You will be exempt from applying for a visa only if you meet all four conditions listed below, and you will be able to transit / transfer / stopover in the United States using ESTA. I have an IC chip and a passport that has not expired.Have a round-trip ticket to your destination or a ticket or boarding ticket to a third countryThe maximum length of stay after entering the United States is 90 days.The purpose of traveling to the United States is tourism, short-term business, * transit purpose, etc.* The purpose of passage here refers to transit / transfer / stopover to go to a third country. ■ ESTA exempts visas in the United States JapanSpainFranceAndorraBelgiumDenmarkSan MarinoIcelandSwedenEnglandItalyNetherlandsAustraliaSingaporeAustriaBruneiPortugalChileEstoniaFinlandSlovakiaGermanySloveniaGreeceHungaryLatviaLiechtensteinLithuaniaCzechoslovakiaLuxembourgMaltaMonaconew zealandNorwayKoreaTaiwanSwitzerlandIreland(In no particular order) ESTA is required in all cases when entering the United States.You will also need to apply for ESTA if you do not have a visa and are transferring to a third country in the United States.An ESTA application is required for transit, transfer and stopover (layover).Please understand that for your own safety and the protection of the United States, all people traveling through the United States, regardless of age or gender, nationality or occupation, are required to apply for ESTA.Also, if it is clear that you have a transfer or transfer that you do not have much time to spare, please consult with the airline or tour company, and consult with us about changing the flight you are boarding.If it is a long trip, the boarding time will inevitably become longer, and the number of cases of connecting or changing trains to the destination will increase. Make a comfortable travel plan for your body and time.
  • What is ESTA? what is it?
    ESTA is an abbreviation for Electronic System for Travel Authorization. Visa Waiver Program An online application system that determines whether citizens of participating countries are eligible to apply for travel to the United States. ESTA is for travel to the United States only and is not required for visas. You don't have to go to the US Embassy or Consulate.
  • About US Visa Application (Nonimmigrant Visa Application)
    1. What is a nonimmigrant visa?A visa is an examination of the applicant in advance when a citizen of another country enters the country.Even if a visa is issued, entry is not always guaranteed, and the final entry permit is determined by the immigration inspector's examination.Citizens of other countries planning to enter the United States must obtain an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa in advance, depending on whether they are permanent residents or temporary residents.Nonimmigrant visas are required for students, businesses (including special workers) or tourists who are considering staying in the United States for a specific period of time.For tourism purposes and short-term commercial entry for 90 days or less, please apply for ESTA using the electronic travel authorization system ESTA. 2. Types of nonimmigrant visas1. Diplomatic visa For government officials and their families who wish to enter the country for public affairs2. Short-term commercial / tourist visa Applicants who wish to receive treatment / travel or commercial3. Passing visa Applicants wishing to enter another country via the United States are eligible4. Commercial expatriates For applicants wishing to invest or trade5. Student visa Applicants for the purpose of studying abroad are eligible6. Work visa at an international organization Applicants who wish to attend meetings held by an international organization are eligible.7. Temporary worker visa Applicants for the purpose of temporary employment in professional occupations including special skills are eligible.8. Training visa For applicants who require specialized knowledge or special skills9. Press visa For reporters / shooting staff such as TV stations, editorial staff, or freelance journalists10. Exchange visitor visa For scholars, researchers, research students, etc. who participate in exchange programs, etc.11. Fiancé visa Applicants who are enrolled with an American citizen and wish to live permanently in the United States after enrollment are eligible.12. In-house transfer visa Applicants for a turning point within a limited period of time to a parent company or subsidiary in the United States are eligible.13. Vocational training student visa Applicants who wish to acquire a profession at schools in the United States are eligible.14. Visas for outstanding abilities For those who have outstanding abilities and achievements in fields such as business, sports, education, science, and art, and those who have outstanding achievements in television and movies.15. Religious activist visa Applicants for religious activities (lecturers, doctors, evangelists, translators, etc.) in the United States are eligible. 3. How to apply for a nonimmigrant visaThere are various types of nonimmigrant visas, as mentioned above.The required documents and conditions differ for each visa, so please select the visa that suits you.You can choose to apply by yourself or by mail.Most people applying for a nonimmigrant visa will need an interview at a consulate or embassy near you, but those planning to renew their nonimmigrant visa, diplomatic visa / government employee visa, or 13 years old In some cases, the following and those over 80 years old do not need an interview.Once you have decided on your visa type and application method, please enter the "DS-160 Visa Application Form".Please refer to the guidelines (http://www.ustraveldocs.com/jp_jp/jp-niv-ds160info.asp#guidelines) and answer all the questions regarding the input contents of the "DS-160 Visa Application Form". .. If you apply for the "DS-160 Visa Application Form" online, you will not be able to correct it, so be careful about any mistakes.A 10-digit barcode number will be issued after application.Please be sure to keep it as you will need it for the interview.After applying for the DS-160 visa application form, you will be required to pay the visa application fee.The application fee varies depending on the type of visa you want.In addition, although payment is denominated in yen, please note that the fee is displayed in dollars, so there may be differences depending on the exchange rate.Payment methods are credit card, internet banking, or Pay Easy ATMs.Of course, the visa application fee is non-refundable, so be careful of duplicate payments.A 12-digit reception number will be issued after payment of the application fee. The reception number will be valid within 4 hours after payment is completed, and you can make an interview reservation with the 12-digit reception number. 4. About the interviewThe nonimmigrant visa applicant must go to the consulate or US embassy where the reservation was made.From June 2, 2014, the consulate or embassy will not be able to keep items that cannot be brought in due to changes in security regulations, so please check in advance what you can bring in.http://www.ustraveldocs.com/jp_jp/jp-niv-securityinfo.asp#overviewIf you cannot bring your own items and cannot enter the museum, you will have to re-adjust your interview appointment and have another interview at a later date. 5. Embassy / Consulate Location■ Embassy of Japan and the United States1-10-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8420Phone number: 03-3224-5000■ Osaka / Kobe US Consulate General2-11-5 Nishitenma, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-8543 US Consulate General BuildingPhone number: 06-6315-5900■ US Consulate-General of Sapporo28-chome, Kita 1 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 064-0821Phone number: 011-641-1115■ Fukuoka US Consulate2-5-26 Ohori, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0052Phone number: 092-751-9331■ US Consul General Oki2-1-1 Toyama, Urasoe City, Okinawa 901-2104Phone number: 098-876-4211
  • If the ESTA authorization result is a travel authorization refusal
    If you want to reject your travel authorization as a result of your ESTA application, you cannot travel to the United States with ESTA. If you make a mistake, you can apply for ESTA again and be examined again. If you do not get a travel authorization even after being reviewed again, you will need to obtain a visa because you cannot enter the country under the United States Visa Waiver Program at ESTA. ​ Please check the tourist visa commercial visa page for visa types.
  • Is telephone service possible?
    We are very sorry, but we do not respond by phone at all because there is a risk of entry mistakes when applying by phone.Please contact us by e-mail as it is also for recording the exchange history.​▼ ​ Contact us ▼ ​ESTA SKYLINE supportesta-skyline@outlook.jp
  • Do I need to make a detailed travel plan before applying for ESTA?
    No special planning required. You can apply for ESTA as many times as you like, as long as you are a nationality of a visa-exempt country and your passport is readable.
  • Did you not enter the address of the hotel you are staying at when you applied for ESTA?
    Please describe unless it has been decided. The airline will ask you for hotel information when you check in, so please register at that time. Currently, the accommodation and airline information is not required for convenience, as the airline has properly sent the information to the United States. In fact, the case where the United States also had a problem due to the omission of this item is a typographical error so far. ​ Please refer to the Narita Airport website for the obligation of this airline to report your accommodation.http://www.narita-airport.jp/jp/news/081118.html From October 4, 2005, when entering the United States by air (mainland, Hawaii, Guam) according to the regulations of the U.S. government, in addition to the data provided in the passport, the following information will also be provided. It is mandatory to declare in advance through the airline. ​ Please fill in as far as you can understand
  • I applied for travel certification, but I entered the wrong information ... can I correct it?
    I cannot access the ESTA application once submitted to the US Government. Passport numbers, misspelled names, incorrect birthdays cannot be updated, incorrect ESTA application numbers cannot be collected, and applications already submitted cannot be confirmed.
  • Why do I need an ESTA to travel to the United States?
    I'm sure some of you may be asking, "Why do I need to apply for an ESTA when traveling to the United States without a visa?" In the United States, from January 2009, for reasons such as security within the United States and border measures to prevent terrorism in the United States and around the world, all countries, including Japan, that are exempt from visas for short-term stays, have been required to obtain ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization). With the introduction of ESTA, it has become possible to manage and register the information of travelers who are exempted from visas for short-term stays online before departing for the United States, and to check in advance whether each applicant has the status to enter the United States without obtaining a visa, and whether entering the United States will pose a danger to the United States. People from countries, including Japan, where the United States grants visa exemptions for short-term stays, are allowed to enter the United States for purposes such as tourism and business for up to 90 days without applying for and obtaining a visa. In other words, ESTA can be said to be a travel authorization qualification that is absolutely necessary when entering the United States without obtaining a visa. Even if you have a connecting flight at an airport in the United States to travel to a third country, you will need to apply for ESTA. If you do not apply for ESTA and obtain authorization before you depart, you may be refused entry to the United States at immigration or boarding an airplane. Be sure to apply for ESTA when traveling to the United States or when landing at an airport in the United States for transit. In addition, those who have a US visa do not need to apply for and obtain an ESTA.
  • Is it possible to apply for ESTA on the day of travel?
    When traveling to the United States, there are many people who apply for ESTA on the day of travel or just before they travel, for reasons such as "I didn't know about the existence of ESTA" or "I forgot to apply for ESTA." Even on the day of travel, there are cases where the ESTA screening proceeds smoothly and travel authorization is granted without incident, but there are also cases where the screening is put on hold, even temporarily, and screening results do not come out smoothly. Please be aware that if you apply for ESTA on the day of travel, the results of the ESTA examination will not necessarily go smoothly. ESTA is an authentication system that allows you to apply even if you are not the person who will be traveling. If you don't have enough time to apply, you can ask someone else to do it for you. If you have any questions, please contact us. In addition, if you request the center to apply for ESTA, we will notify you of the examination result by e-mail.
  • Can I work in the US once I have an ESTA?
    Traveling to the United States using ESTA is limited to short-term stays of up to 90 days for the purpose of general sightseeing or business meetings. Please note that those who wish to work part-time or work locally are not eligible to apply for ESTA. In addition, even if you stay for less than 90 days, you will need to obtain a visa instead of ESTA if you are working part-time or working. ESTA is an "Electronic Travel Authorization" required to travel to the United States, and has different characteristics and requirements from a visa.
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