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Aug 8 '19 at 14:42 comment added phoog @Hilmar US government websites even formerly contemplated the grant of ESTA authorization to US citizens explicitly.
Aug 8 '19 at 14:36 comment added phoog @Hilmar did you overlook the phrase "after disclosing their US citizenship on the application" in my earlier comment? Also, the last time I saw an ESTA application it did not ask specifically about US citizenship but generally about "any other" citizenship. Of course one must disclose US citizenship in response to that, but it seems that doing so does not lead to automatic refusal. This is in contrast to the policy for issuing visas, which forbids issuing them to US citizens (with one very obscure exception).
Aug 8 '19 at 12:56 comment added Hilmar @phoog: you can try but you need to lie on the ESTA application, since it specifically asks if you are a US citizen and you won't be approved if you answer "yes".
Aug 8 '19 at 8:12 comment added phoog @Traveller, Sneftel but nowhere does the US say that US citizens cannot get ESTA, and in fact there are several reports here of US citizens getting ESTA after disclosing their US citizenship on the application. The "requirement" to use a US passport to travel to the US is not very strictly enforced.
Aug 8 '19 at 8:10 comment added Sneftel @phoog She can't get an ESTA, she's a US citizen.
Aug 8 '19 at 8:10 comment added Traveller To board the US-bound flight with her UK passport your daughter would need an ESTA, which she cannot get due to her US citizenship. From FAQs esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/application.html?execution=e5s1 “U.S. Citizens are not required to have an ESTA and are required to use their U.S. passport to travel to the U.S.”
Aug 8 '19 at 8:07 comment added phoog But the airline might let her board with the UK passport and ESTA. This question should probably be closed as a duplicate, but I don't have time to find the best question for that just now.
Aug 8 '19 at 7:53 history answered Sneftel CC BY-SA 4.0