From January 12 2009, Electronic Travel Authorization (ESTA) became mandatory for all travelers before visiting the United States either by air or sea. Citizens from Visa Waiver countries must apply for ESTA (U.S. Travel Authorization) to be eligible for admittance into the United States.
Countries who participate in the ESTA Visa Waiver Program are :
Republic of Malta
US ESTA Application form is an online system implemented by the United States Government and also managed by the Department of Homeland Security, that determines the eligibility of citizens or nations to visit the USA, prior to initiating the travel or work purpose.
The purpose of this ESTA application is to conduct an initial screening of passengers before opening the right to visit the United States. With Electronic Travel Authorization (ESTA) you are eligible for stays of 90 days or less in the USA.
ESTA is an online system application related to travelers from Visa Waiver Countries for tourism, business or transit or medical purpose. ESTA Travel authorizations are valid for 2 years. When travel to the US with an ESTA Travel authorization, you must stay for a maximum of 90 days.
It takes between 5 and 10 minutes to complete the ESTA online application form. You will receive your travel authorization by mail within 24 hours of submission.
You must apply for ESTA USA authorization. It is not necessary to have a flight ticket or hotel booking to submit your application. You should submit your form at least 72 hours in advance of your departure. Apply online here.