Need an ESTA for a US Airport Stopover? Find Out Here!

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When connecting at any airport in the USA, passengers must already have an approved ESTA travel registration. It is recommended to complete it at least 48 hours in advance to allow time for review in case of complications.

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  1. Table of Contents
    1. How to Fill Out an ESTA for Transfer at a USA Airport
    2. How to Change Planes at a USA Airport
    3. ESTA and Transfer in the USA

    How to Fill Out an ESTA for Transfer at a USA Airport

    The procedure for filling out the ESTA for residency in the USA and for airport transfers is the same. In both cases, there is a $4.00 processing fee and a $17.00 approval fee.

    A pictorial guide will help you understand how to fill out the ESTA form.

    On the form, indicate that it is only for transit and enter your final destination as your place of stay in the USA. This refers to the place you are flying to from the USA, for example, Costa Rica.

  2. How to Change Planes at a USA Airport

    At your first airport in the USA, you will collect your checked baggage and have an interview with an immigration officer. If everything is in order, you will be granted permission to enter the country.

    You will then recheck your luggage and proceed to your flight. For very detailed instructions, including answers to frequently asked questions, see Check-in and Flight to the USA.

  3. ESTA and Transfer in the USA

    An ESTA may be denied if the USA authorities are concerned that you plan to work in the country illegally, commit crimes, or engage in other undesirable behavior. If you have not previously been to the USA (and have not engaged in any prohibited activities), it is quite unlikely that your ESTA will be denied.

    Travelers with a denied ESTA (“Travel not authorized”) cannot travel to the USA. In this case, you must either apply for a tourist visa or rebook your flight.

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