One of the most common reasons for people to delay getting their ESTA USA application filled out is their worry about the payment method. This is because the official USA website only accepts cards that are able to be used within the USA, causing problems for people from incompatible banking systems or who don’t own a credit card. Thankfully, there are a number of different sites for each country that is able to use the ESTA framework, and these sites will usually have an option to pay in the currency of the country that the person is traveling from.
If you are going to pay for your application from the official site, you should first call your bank to make sure that the transaction will be allowed. This step may be necessary, even if you have a card that is a Visa or Mastercard. This is because many banks will block transactions from out of the country. This is also a great time to inform them of your trip, ensuring that you won’t get stranded without a card, unable to pay for anything.
You can trust that the official site, and any site that is authorized to offer this clearance will keep your information safe. They will all process the payment information through a secure server and no-one will be able to steal your payment information or your identity.
If you need to pay with a card that is only used in your country, you should look for a service that allows that card to be used. Many services will have a number that you can call to verify that your card can be used. This will normally be processed the same as any other transaction and you won’t need to worry about calling your bank.
There is no option to pay with cash or a check when processing this paperwork. You will need to be able to make an electronic payment and you will usually need to do so with your own account or an account that your family uses. Pre-paid cards, business card, and cards from people you don’t know well may result in the payment being refused.
You must pay for your ESTA USA application before it will be processed. This means you must complete the $14USD payment before you are able to enter the country. Payment should be completed at least 72 hours before your flight is meant to leave.