VISA WAIVER PROGRAM TO USA

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I was going to say, yes. But I'm not sure, I found a site that said it's not required.


Looks like Canada is 3 months .... but that could be a dodgy google result.

FWIW, I would get a new passport
 
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Hopefully this is the correct place to post. Is there a minimum period your passport needs to be valid for to enter the US. At the time of entry MissM’s passport will have about 4 months before the expiry date. When I booked the flights MEL-NRT-ORD on JL with QF points there were no warnings or notices that popped up when entering APIS data. I booked the return flights today LAX-SIN-ADL with SQ and the SQ site popped up a message indicating as there is less than 6 months on the passports entry may be refused.

I could not find info on the web and even ran through a dummy ETSA application process without issue. Is there a requirement to have a minimum of 6 months on a passport for the US, also if it make a difference we are also going to Canada. I am not fussed if we need to renew MissM’s passport prior to travel.
As far as I am aware, under ESTA, your passport only needs to be valid for the length of your stay in the US. IE. There is no 6 month requirement. But be aware that some airlines impose the 6 month rule arbitrarily:


Also:

 
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From TIMATIC, courtesy of Emirates:

Visa & Passport Information
Destination - United States (US)
Passport
Passport required.
Passport Exemptions:
Passengers with an Authorization for Parole of an Alien into the United States (Form I-512).
Nationals of Australia with an emergency passport.
Document Validity:
Passports issued to nationals of Australia must be valid for the period of intended stay.
When nationals of Australia travel with an emergency passport, it must be valid for the period of intended stay.
When passengers travel with an authorization for Parole of an Alien into the United States (Form I-512), it must be valid on arrival.
Additional Information:
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) pre-embarkation inspection:
- will take place when coming directly from Guam or Virgin Isl.;
- may take place when coming directly from Puerto Rico.
Minors:
Children younger than 16 years and who are nationals of Australia are not allowed to enter the USA on their parents passports.
Minors traveling unaccompanied, or accompanied by one parent or a person other than parent/legal guardian, can prevent possible delays if holding a notarized letter of authorization signed by absent parent(s). For more details refer to https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/3643/kw .
Visa
Visa required.
Visa Exemptions:
Nationals of Australia with a biometric passport (with an electronic chip symbol on the cover) and an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). They must travel as a tourist, on business or in transit, for a maximum stay of 90 days.
  • This does not apply to nationals of Australia with an emergency passport.
Passengers with an Authorization for Parole of an Alien into the United States (Form I-512).
Passengers admitted to the USA on a visa, returning to the USA after a visit of maximum 30 days to Canada or Mexico or to adjacent islands (except for Cuba) . Holders of F or J visas must present an endorsed SEVIS Form I-20MN for M visa holders; SEVIS I-20AB or SEVIS DS-2019 for F or J visa holders.
Additional Information:
The following applies to those traveling under the US Visa Waiver Program:
  • Passengers must have a biometric passport (with an electronic chip symbol on the cover).
  • Detailed information on ESTA restrictions can be found on Electronic System for Travel Authorization | U.S. Customs and Border Protection#
  • A return/onward ticket (or electronic ticket record) must be to a final destination country other than Canada, Mexico or contiguous (adjacent) countries or territories situated in or bordering the Caribbean Sea . If a passenger holds proof of residence in Canada, Mexico or a contiguous (adjacent) country or territory and is transiting the USA to that country or territory, then an onward/return ticket to that country or territory is accepted.
  • Passenger can make side trips to Canada, Mexico or Caribbean countries/islands if they first enter the USA on a carrier participating in the VWP. No additional time is given (extension) based on the departure to contiguous (adjacent) territory .
A passenger may enter the USA with a valid visa in an expired passport, if also holding a valid passport of the same nationality. Transfer of a valid visa to a valid passport is highly recommended in all cases.
Warning:
Passengers must obtain an ESTA authorization at Home | Official ESTA Application Website, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Visitors must hold a return/onward ticket to qualify for a visa exemption.
 

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As far as I am aware, under ESTA, your passport only needs to be valid for the length of your stay in the US. IE. There is no 6 month requirement. But be aware that some airlines impose the 6 month rule arbitrarily:


If you were flying non-stop AU-USA and an airline denied you boarding solely because your passport was valid less than 6 months, it would be a case of involuntary denied boarding.

If you are flying via a third country, the airline can reasonably request you satisfy the transit/entry requirements for any country en route.
 

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@amaroo @Dr Ralph and @MEL_Traveller thanks for your responses. As she will need another anyway, I will get MissM a new one early to mid next year, that way she will be covered for this trip with out issue and it will also be the last of the child’s passports.

Having just done it for one of my kids, at 16 it's still a child passport application, but it's valid for 10 years.
 

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This is interesting, how do we effect a transfer of a valid (esta?), “A passenger may enter the USA with a valid visa in an expired passport, if also holding a valid passport of the same nationality. Transfer of a valid visa to a valid passport is highly recommended in all cases.”.

Or, do we just apply for a new one on a new passport?
 

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This is interesting, how do we effect a transfer of a valid (esta?), “A passenger may enter the USA with a valid visa in an expired passport, if also holding a valid passport of the same nationality. Transfer of a valid visa to a valid passport is highly recommended in all cases.”.

Or, do we just apply for a new one on a new passport?

I think the ESTA is tied to the passport (unlike a visa).

So new passport = new ESTA.
 

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I think the ESTA is tied to the passport (unlike a visa).

So new passport = new ESTA.
This. But then on that new ESTA you'll have to fill out the details of your old passport as well (There's a question about having entered the USA on a different passport) Although that may only be relevant if its a passport for a different country, I forget.
 
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Minors:
Children younger than 16 years and who are nationals of Australia are not allowed to enter the USA on their parents passports.
Minors traveling unaccompanied, or accompanied by one parent or a person other than parent/legal guardian, can prevent possible delays if holding a notarized letter of authorization signed by absent parent(s). For more details refer to https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/3643/kw .
......
I was not aware of bold section (by me) before. When we have been to the US in the past we have never actually arrived on the same aircraft, i.e. one of us was already in country or we travelled on seperate routes, from memory I can not recall providing MrsM with a letter nor has she mentioned delays at US immigration.
 

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Got notice that my ESTA is expiring in a month.
Normally, I'd be right on renewing it ahead of what would have been a RTW holiday in a few months.
I'd assume I should just sit on it until its good to travel again and the US isn't as crazy with pandemic stupidity, as to not waste time on the 2 years.

Should have another 3 years on my Canada ETA.
 
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Got notice that my ESTA is expiring in a month.
Normally, I'd be right on renewing it ahead of what would have been a RTW holiday in a few months.
I'd assume I should just sit on it until its good to travel again and the US isn't as crazy with pandemic stupidity, as to not waste time on the 2 years.

Should have another 3 years on my Canada ETA.
They should grant an extra year expiry date on everyone's visa due to the pandemic haha. Wishful thinking! :(
 
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