The USA cancels your ESTA?! A what now? When travelling to the United States, people from certain countries may visit as tourists without the requirement for a Visa. Instead, people apply for a Electronic System for Travel Authorization, more commonly known as an ESTA. This costs US$14 and lasts for two years.

Thanks to the current travel restrictions, foreign nationals are generally not permitted to visit the USA. Those who have an ESTA who try to travel will have it cancelled. When the USA cancels your ESTA, it is quite disconcerting. Should you worry?

What Happens When The USA Cancels Your ESTA?

A friend of mine has parents who live in the USA on Green Cards and he decided to visit them. He had seen advice where children of Green Card holders were permitted to enter the country. All well and good, so he booked flights but did not enter his Passport information.

When it came time to online check-in, he entered the details and checked in for the flight. Not too long after, he received a notification that his ESTA was cancelled. Naturally this surprised him, so he contacted the relevant authorities to enquire as to why.

The rule is that children of Green Card holders can enter the USA, but they must be 21 or under. Since he was over 21, he is not eligible to travel at the moment.

Happily the representative assured him that the cancellation of the ESTA would not affect anything in the future. As a result, there is no penalisation for this and he can apply for another ESTA in the future as per normal.

Overall Thoughts

As you can see, it’s no big deal if the USA cancels your ESTA at this time. In normal circumstances, it would be more of a major deal since it’s unusual for these to be rescinded.

My advice would be to make sure you enter your Passport details in Manage My Booking for any upcoming flights you have planned. I’d certainly rather find out I am not permitted to go somewhere with more than the 24 hours or less notice you’d have if you waited until online check-in.

Have you tried to travel to the USA recently and had your ESTA cancelled? Did you get the same advice as my friend? Should the USA be cancelling these? I mean, you are losing some of your two years if this happens. Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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