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    ESTA USA Visa waiver - can it be used more than once?

    I applied online for ESTA visa waiver last and see that it is valid until 2012. I traveled to the USA last year and am going again soon for 4 weeks. My question is can I just go and amend the flight no and USA address or do I have to reapply again?

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    Re: ESTA USA Visa waiver - can it be used more than once?

    You log onto the ESTA website again and can update the flight number, address etc etc.

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    Re: ESTA USA Visa waiver - can it be used more than once?

    Yes it is valI'd for 2 years so yours runs tp 2012 date.
    Log on to the site and enter your number to gain peace of mind.
    We are going several times over our 2 year period and there is no issue but we still log in to see it is still valid.

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    Re: ESTA USA Visa waiver - can it be used more than once?

    Quote Originally Posted by cove View Post
    Yes it is valI'd for 2 years so yours runs tp 2012 date.
    Log on to the site and enter your number to gain peace of mind.
    We are going several times over our 2 year period and there is no issue but we still log in to see it is still valid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cove View Post
    Yes it is valI'd for 2 years so yours runs tp 2012 date.
    Log on to the site and enter your number to gain peace of mind.
    We are going several times over our 2 year period and there is no issue but we still log in to see it is still valid.
    Two blokes were travelling today BNE/SYD/LAX but didn't realise they had to log on to the ESTA site to "edit" their details ie add their new flight details for today plus amend the address of where they are staying on arrival in the US.

    Only when this is done does it then appear in your current airline booking as "valid ESTA application on file".

    If you just turn up to the airport without editing your ESTA (even if you have a printout of the ESTA) the airline won't be able to check you in as it looks like you don't have a visa & the airline doesn't get the all important acknowledgement from US Dept of Homeland Security "ok to board".

    Fortunately these pax both had laptops they could boot up & do the update there and then at checkin. One guy had a printout of his ESTA which made it quicker as he could just enter the number straight away on the ESTA site. The other bloke didn't have a copy so had to search through his emails looking for the original confirmation he used last time.

    In this case the approval was instantaneous however sometimes it can take 72 hours so don't leave it until the last minute as no approval would mean you have to delay your travel plans by one or two days until the approval was received.

    It also goes without saying that getting to the airport in plenty of time is a good thing as it took 20-30 minutes to sort out the so you can imagine the scenario if you arrived just before baggage close off.

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    Re: ESTA USA Visa waiver - can it be used more than once?

    Thankyou all

    I am off to the USA on Thursday, and had a gut feel i needed to do something.. but just read this and am logging into the ESTA site now

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    Re: ESTA USA Visa waiver - can it be used more than once?

    Quote Originally Posted by ozbeachbabe View Post
    Two blokes were travelling today BNE/SYD/LAX but didn't realise they had to log on to the ESTA site to "edit" their details ie add their new flight details for today plus amend the address of where they are staying on arrival in the US.

    Only when this is done does it then appear in your current airline booking as "valid ESTA application on file".

    If you just turn up to the airport without editing your ESTA (even if you have a printout of the ESTA) the airline won't be able to check you in as it looks like you don't have a visa & the airline doesn't get the all important acknowledgement from US Dept of Homeland Security "ok to board".

    Fortunately these pax both had laptops they could boot up & do the update there and then at checkin. One guy had a printout of his ESTA which made it quicker as he could just enter the number straight away on the ESTA site. The other bloke didn't have a copy so had to search through his emails looking for the original confirmation he used last time.

    In this case the approval was instantaneous however sometimes it can take 72 hours so don't leave it until the last minute as no approval would mean you have to delay your travel plans by one or two days until the approval was received.

    It also goes without saying that getting to the airport in plenty of time is a good thing as it took 20-30 minutes to sort out the so you can imagine the scenario if you arrived just before baggage close off.
    Great advice, thnxs Babe.....have the same issue looming and the question was wirling arounnd in my head!!!!!!!



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    ESTA USA Visa waiver - can it be used more than once?

    I travelled to the US twice in the last year, I couldn't get the ESTA website to recognize my passport details to log on for the second visit ( and had misplaced the original ESTA confirmation). I had no issues either with check-in or at LAX, I must have been lucky
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    Re: ESTA USA Visa waiver - can it be used more than once?

    If you haven't updated details I find it hard to believe that they will not let you on. I wasn't really aware of the need to update my details again, but the Vaustralia agent at the checkin seemed to just add it in right there. From waiting in queue, it appeared that at least 10 people in front of me appeared to be in the same situation, ie- forgot to update/add details of USA address.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunstar320 View Post
    I wasn't really aware of the need to update my details again, but the Vaustralia agent at the checkin seemed to just add it in right there.
    To the best of my knowledge, check in agents would just be updating your Advance Passenger Information, which is a part of the reservation (as opposed to the ESTA, which is different).

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