We have just had the most manic stressful morning! We’re due to fly at 1pm today (Sunday) to the states and woke at 8am realising we hadn’t done our Esta Visa.
The hard line on the office website is that it can take up to 72 hours.
I’m writing this quick blog post for anyone like us who is in the midst of having a manic melt down like us to say, even on a Sunday our esta came in approved about an hour after we applied for it.
Obviously this may not be the case every time but I was frantically googling “ESTA” “last minute” “Sunday” and nothing came up so hopefully this might lend some solace for anyone in our particular situation.
It only took an hour, and I hear some come through in seconds. Of course this is if your application is free of errors and has no reason for rejection. This is from the official site
“There are 3 types of possible responses: Authorization Approved, Authorization Pending, and Travel not Authorized. Those who have received an approval are authorised to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. ESTA Authorization Pending status usually does not last over 72 hours”