- Jun 27, 2007
Previously travellers could get a US ESTA virtually instantly. You must now allow at least 72 hours.
I know at least one high profile poster here on AFF has done an instant ESTA but no more. I can only imagine the screaming from pax at check in lines when refused travel.A statement on the US Customs and Border Protection ESTA application site reads:
"REMINDER: Apply for ESTA no later than 72 hours before departing for the United States. Real-time approvals will no longer be available and arriving at the airport without a previously approved ESTA will likely result in being denied boarding."