Visa Waiver Program

Republic of Cyprus passport holders require a nonimmigrant visa for a temporary stay in the United States.

We do not administer the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) program, which is an automated system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). If you hold a biometric passport from certain countries you might be eligible to participate in the VWP. The VWP permits eligible citizens of 38 countries to travel to the United States for business or tourism for stays of up to 90 days without a visa.  For full details, necessary conditions, and application instructions, please visit and thoroughly read https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/visa-waiver-program.html. Please visit https://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/esta to determine your eligibility.

Individuals from certain countries are able to travel to the United States without a visa. A list of Visa Waiver Countries and more information on the Visa Waiver Program can be found here:

Visa Waiver Program

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is an online system that is part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). ESTA is mandatory for all nationals or citizens of VWP countries who plan to travel to the United States for temporary business or pleasure. Under the VWP, all such travelers must receive an electronic travel authorization prior to boarding a U.S.-bound airplane or cruise ship.

ESTA will determine, almost immediately in many cases, if an individual is eligible for VWP travel, and if such travel poses any law enforcement or security risks.  ESTA applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel, and once approved, will be valid for up to two years or until the applicant’s passport expires, whichever comes first.  Authorizations will also be valid for multiple entries into the United States.  In order to facilitate the authorization process, the Department of Homeland Security recommends that ESTA applications be submitted as soon as an applicant begins planning U.S.-bound travel, and not less than 72 hours prior to travel.