So I went on holiday to the USA last summer. I filled out an ESTA application online, which cost me 14 dollars due to processing costs and whatnot. I printed a copy of the approved PDF and put it in my backpack. I took it with me where ever I went, just in case.
Nobody, in the 15 days that I was there, asked for my ESTA application. Not during customs, not during my check-in at hotels, not during my flight back to where I live, never.
- Why did I fill out that form?
- Was it accidental that nobody asked for it?
- In what situation would a person of authority ask for it? Do you need to have a printed copy with you at all times?
- Who are the persons who may ask for validation of an ESTA application?