Visiting the USA and its museums: how to apply for ESTA?

To go to the U.S. and visit its cities and museums, you need to apply for ESTA in advance. What is it all about? Who has to apply for it? How quickly can it be obtained? All the info in this article.

Are you planning a trip to the USA to visit the most famous museums in the United States of America? The important thing is that, as soon as possible, you apply for the U.S. ESTA so that you can land or transit in the U.S. without any problem.

What are the major museums in the USA?

Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. its permanent collection has more than two million works of art divided into nineteen sections, from Egyptian art to the major European masters to U.S. art. Among the great artists are Botticelli, Caravaggio, Correggio, Andrea Mantegna, Vermeer, Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Seurat, Picasso, and Pollock.

Museum of Modern Art, New York. The museum has one of the world’s collections of modern and contemporary art: including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and performances it has about 200 thousand works of art. Among the most famous masterpieces housed here is Vincent van Gogh’sStarry Night (1889).

Philadelphia Museum of Art. The collection reflects the history and passion of Philadelphia collectors. Divided into eight sections, it includes the most important and extensive collection of works by Marcel Duchamp, a very large collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, and the most important collection of Rodin sculpture in the United States.

Metropolitan Museum
The Metropolitan Museum of New York

New York's MoMA
The MoMA in New York

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of New York

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. With more than 450,000 works, it brings together one of America’s most comprehensive collections. Among the most significant pieces is Paul Gauguin ’s painting Where do we come from? Who are we? Where are we going? (1897), but it includes artists such as Mary Cassatt, Edgar degas, Rosso Fiorentino, Rembrandt, and Van Gogh, among others.

National Gallery of Art, Washington. It includes nearly seven hundred years of art history, from European to American, with works by the greatest Italian and international masters, from ancient to contemporary times. The first original copy of Edgar Degas’sLittle Dancer of Fourteen (1878-1881) is preserved here.

These are joined by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Frick Collection in New York, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington.

How to apply for ESTA USA?

To travel to the U.S. and visit major U.S. museums, you need to apply for ESTA USA, which is an electronic travel authorization without requiring a visa. In fact, the acronym ESTA stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization and it is mandatory to apply for it for anyone who wishes to take a vacation in the US, a business trip, or even simply for those who are stopping over or transiting through the US. Those who will not have a valid ESTA with them will not be allowed to board planes, cruise ships or ferries bound for the U.S.; it is also mandatory for minors, who must have a personal ESTA. Only those who enter the U.S. by land or who hold a U.S. visa or passport may not have ESTAs.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Boston Museum of Fine Arts

National Gallery of Art, Washington
National Gallery of Art Washington

This is a security measure introduced by U.S. Customs & Border Protection, which allows advance checks to be made on all travelers, thereby turning away any undesirable individuals. Before departing, transportation companies such as airlines and shipping companies will check that all passengers have a valid ESTA, and the check involves searching the passenger’s passport number within the U.S. Customs & Border Protection’s travel authorization database.

Applying for an ESTA for travel to America is quick and easy compared to a visa; it can be done online, without the need to travel to the U.S. consulate, as well as cheaper. It is valid for two years from the date of issuance, and during the period of validity you can go to the U.S. as many times as you want, whether for vacation or business, keeping in mind that each stay in the U.S. can last up to a maximum of ninety consecutive days, including intermediate or subsequent stops in Canada, Mexico or Caribbean islands. If you want to stay more than ninety days in the U.S., however, you must apply for a U.S. visa. To apply for an ESTA (h24) you simply need to fill out a digital form (filling it out takes only 5 minutes) and arrange the costs via online payment using prearranged cards (the cost is €29.95 per person): after the official ESTA is granted you will receive a confirmation via email or text message. Official issuance can take up to 72 hours, but if it is urgent, even after an hour is possible. To apply for an ESTA with urgency you must mark the “urgent” option in the online form: the team will handle the application as a priority. In exceptional cases even urgent applications may take longer, so it is advisable to apply for ESTA as soon as possible if you plan to travel to the US.

Visiting the USA and its museums: how to apply for ESTA?
Visiting the USA and its museums: how to apply for ESTA?

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