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I'm going into a trip that I will just stop at Miami airport, but not going into USA borders. My Italian passport is expired, can I comprove my ESTA with my Brazilian passport or do I need to get a visa?

Thank you!

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No, that won't work. You can get a new Italian passport and reapply for ESTA, or you can apply for a US visa on your Brazilian passport. But you can't enter the US (which you'll need to do even just for a stopover; the US does not have any international transit without passing immigration) on an expired Italian passport— the airline won't even let you board—, and the ESTA only "works" with the passport it was approved against.

Since a US visa will require a $160 fee, an application, financial documents, and a visit to a US Consulate for an interview, I'd recommend renewing your Italian passport if possible.

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An ESTA approval is specific to the passport, not just the person, so a different passport requires a different ESTA. And you can't get an ESTA for a Brazilian passport because Brazil isn't a member of the US Visa Waiver Program.

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    This is an admirably concise answer. – phoog Oct 18 '18 at 17:23
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An expired passport definetly wont work in the USA. And your ESTA wont work with your brazilian nationality. Anyway, unless you have to go to the public area of Miami airport, if you are just at the boarding area, (you dont have to do inmigrations). So, you shouldnt have any trouble.

  • A transit in the US requires that all passengers go through immigration, even if they are not leaving the airport. The proper travel documents are required. – Zach Lipton Oct 18 '18 at 19:05
  • but if he has its brazilian passport updated, I think it would be enough to stay in transit area – German Oct 18 '18 at 21:27
  • Brazilian citizens can't transit the US without a visa (at least a transit visa, though a visitor visa is fine if they have one too), even if they aren't leaving the airport. To be recognized as an Italian citizen (which can transit the US without a visa, though an ESTA is required), they'll need a valid Italian passport. – Zach Lipton Oct 18 '18 at 21:34

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