ESTA USA Visa for Citizens of Germany

eTA for German citizens

ESTA Eligibility

  • German citizens can apply for ESTA USA Visa
  • Germany was a launch member of the ESTA US Visa program
  • German citizens enjoy fast entry using the ESTA US Visa program

Other ESTA US Visa Requirements

  • German citizens can apply for ESTA online
  • ESTA US Visa is valid for arrival by land, air or sea
  • ESTA US Visa is for short tourist, business, transit visits

ESTA USA Visa from Germany

German citizens are required to apply for a ESTA US visa to enter United States for visits upto 90 days for tourism, business, or transit purposes. ESTA US Visa from Germany is not optional, but a mandatory requirement for all German citizens traveling to the country for short stays. Before travelling to United States, a traveller needs to ensure that the validity of the passport is at least three months past the expected departure date.

The ESTA US Visa is being implemented in order to improve border security. The ESTA US Visa program was approved soon after September 11 2001 attacks and went live in January 2009. The ESTA US Visa program was introduced to screen travelers arriving from overseas as a response to the global increase in terrorist activities.

How can I apply for ESTA US Visa from Germany?

The ESTA US Visa for German citizens comprises an online application form that can be completed in as little as five (5) minutes. It is necessary for applicants to enter information on their passport page, personal details, their contact details, like email and address, and employment details. Applicant must be in good health and should not have a criminal history.

After you have paid the fees, the eTA application processing commences. Canada eTA is delivered via email. If additional documentation is required, the the applicant will be contact prior to approval of Canada eTA.

Complete your application with confidence by following ESTA US Visa Application Process guide.

United States Electronic Travel Authority requirements for German citizens

To enter USA, German citizens will require a valid travel document or passport in order to apply for ESTA US Visa. German citizens who have a passport of an additional nationality need to make sure they apply with the same passport that they will travel with, as the ESTA US Visa will be associated directly and electronically with the passport that was mentioned at the time of application. There is no need to print or present any documents at the airport, as the ESTA is stored electronically against the passport in the U.S. Immigration system.

Applicants will also require a valid credit or debit card or PayPal account to pay for the ESTA US Visa. German citizens are also required to provide a valid email address, to receive the ESTA US Visa in their inbox. It will be your responsibility to carefully double-check all the data entered so there are no issues with the US Electronic Sytem for Travel Authorization (ESTA), otherwise you may have to apply for another ESTA USA Visa.

Read about full ESTA US Visa Requirements

How long can German citizen stay on ESTA US Visa?

German citizen's departure date must be within 90 days of arrival. German passport holders are required to obtain a United States Electronic Travel Authority (US ESTA) even for a short duration of 1 day up to 90 days. If the German citizens intend to stay for a longer duration, then they should apply for a relevant Visa depending on their circumstances. ESTA US Visa is valid for 2 consecutive years. German citizens can enter multiple times during the two (2) year validity of the ESTA US Visa.

Frequently Asked Questions about ESTA USA Visa

Things to do and places of interest for German Citizens

  • Read the two epitaphs at John F. Kennedy Memorial monument, Dallas
  • Drive or walk across the Hoover Dam, Arizona
  • Fine dining and theater at Madison, Winsconsin
  • Campers dream park at Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota
  • The sparkling blue water of Lake Tahoe, Nevada
  • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
  • Boston Public Library and Copley Square, Massachusetts
  • Harvard Square and Harvard Art Museums, Boston
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, Austin Texas
  • Go for a Dip at Barton Springs Pool, Austin Texas
  • Explore the Attractions at the University of Texas at Austin

Embassy of Germany in Washington D.C.


4645 Reservoir Road N.W. Washington DC 20007 USA





Please apply for a ESTA USA Visa 72 hours in advance of your flight.