The short answer for this is yes, you do need a visa/ESTA to enter the United States of America and start your holiday in Orlando.
For non-US citizens, you must either travel under the Visa Waiver programme with an ESTA or have a U.S. visa.
How much does it cost?
A U.S. ESTA currently costs $14 as of December 2017 and can be purchased from Homeland Security. We wouldn’t recommend going to any other website as they can charge you a premium for a very simple service.
What is an ESTA?
To visit the United States, you must either travel using the Visa Waiver ESTA programme or have a US visa.
An ESTA allows you to stay in the US under the Visa Waiver programme for up to 90 days and is valid for a total of two years (or the length of your passport if it’s shorter).
How do I apply?
- You must apply for your VISA at least 72 hours before you travel to the US using this link.
- You must provide accurate information on your ESTA application or risk it being denied.
- You must hold an individual machine-readable passport (most British passports are this standard).
- You should receive a response from the DHS in seconds, but for some, it could take up to 72 hours.
What happens if my application is denied?
There are multiple reasons your ESTA application can be denied. If your ESTA is denied, you will need to get a visa from the U.S. embassy.
This will cost a little bit more and if you feel for any reason that this will be the case, you’ll need to apply for your ESTA/VISA in advance as these can take a while to be processed. If you already have a visa for the US, you will not need to apply for an ESTA.
What are the common reasons for a visa being denied?
- You didn’t answer one of the application questions honestly.
- You have overstayed in the U.S. previously without applying for an extension.
- You have been denied entry to the U.S. previously.
- Your passport has been reported lost or stolen.
- You worked illegally in the U.S.
- If you’ve travelled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen on or after March 1st, 2011 (with limited exceptions for travel for diplomatic or military purposes in the service of your country).
- You have dual nationality with Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria. (Not including Libya, Somalia and Yemen)
Note that this is not an exhaustive list and there are multiple reasons your ESTA application can be denied. If in doubt, it’s best to contact the DHS or the U.S. Embassy.