I am a British citizen and have been travelling here in the USA, basically when I booked my return flight I wanted to get the full 90 days’ worth but I miscalculated by one too many days. I'm set to return to the UK on the 5th when I am legally obliged to do so on the 4th. It’s going to cost me some money to get that changed, but I was already planning to visit some friends who are currently living in Colombia, then returning back to the US.

Will this trip restart my ESTA time and therefore mean I won’t have to change my return flight?

  • so, it applies to any country not on that list? – user27542 Mar 10 '15 at 23:25
  • @user27542 correct. Exiting to Mexico, Canada and that list of small Caribbean places, doesn't reset it, but others do. – Mark Mayo Mar 10 '15 at 23:47
  • Also be aware that US immigration can deny you entry if they think you are trying to 'game the system'. I doubt you will have any trouble, especially if you are in Colombia for more than a couple of days. But in general even a visit to a country not on the list doesn't guarantee you another 90 day stay. – DJClayworth Mar 11 '15 at 0:05
  • ok thanks alot, very handy to know - i suppose the fact that i have a return flight already booked will clear things up - sorry to keep asking but how iwll i know whether my stay has been reset? will they notify me on arriving back in the states? – user27542 Mar 11 '15 at 2:00
  • The stamp in your passport should also have the date by which you must depart the US. When you return from Colombia you will get a new stamp and a new departure date. – Michael Hampton Mar 11 '15 at 3:38