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ESTA, The Electronic System for Travel Authorization

ESTA is an automated system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program.

Visa Waiver Program

The U.S. Embassy to France wishes to inform you that  the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requires travelers from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries, including France, to pay a fee of $14.00 when applying for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). Read more in our Press Release. NOTE: The only US-government approved ESTA website is  Other, for-profit organizations and individuals advertize ESTA services for a substantial fee.  The US government has no/no connection to such organizations or individuals and is not responsible for any service they promise, actual or implied. 

More information on (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) and ESTA Q & A's by clicking on the following link.   

Passport Requirements Please note that certain types of French passports are not valid for travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program.   The French emergency or temporary passport is not valid for this purpose.  Any French citizen who intends to use a French temporary or emergency passport will need a visa in order to travel to the United States.  For further information on the types of French passports that may be used for Visa Waiver travel,  please consult the following chart

Please also note that the software of the ESTA system does not determine which passports are valid for travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program.   ESTA simply records the passport information supplied by the traveler.  It is the sole responsibility of the traveler to determine whether s/he holds the appropriate type of passport.