Unfortunately, some countries still require visas for you to enter. Depending on your passport and where you want to go, they can be as simple as filling out a short form on the web to supplying a mountain of paperwork and the rights to your firstborn child (I jest.) And they can be expensive too…We spent almost 4000 AUD on visas when we traveled the Silk Route and went overland in Africa for ten months. That hurt! And it was an absolute nightmare to get them all.
Evisas and Visas On Arrival (VOA) have become the standard for many countries. But not all. Since COVID, some countries have eased rules to get tourists back, while others have tightened them.
It’s a moving feast, so you have to know where to find the most up-to-date information at any one time.
On this page, you will find resources, tools, and links to help you:
- Determine if you need a visa, and
- Help you get it
Section 1 – Provides a selection of resources, including links to companies who facilitate Visas, websites for consulates worldwide, and a spreadsheet I pulled together to help us plan visas for multi-country adventures.
Section 2 – Links to other posts and pages relevant to visas.
As we mentioned, the visa situation around the world constantly changes.
We try to keep up, but please tell us if you know of products, services, and tools you think are superior to those mentioned. We’re always excited to learn about and test new things.
Section 1 – Visa Resources
We usually have the time and patience to:
- Track down how to get a visa for a particular country, then
- Apply directly
However, if you don’t have the time and patience to trawl through the sometimes non-sensical and confusing process and forms, let someone else do all the legwork for a minimal fee.
iVisa has one of the most comprehensive and efficient visa application processes we’ve considered. They also highlight other documentation you might need, even if you don’t need a visa. This information is especially useful post-COVID-19 with the various health declarations.
But even if we decide to go it alone, we usually start the process by using iVisa’s tool on their homepage which tells us if we even need a visa. Way more convenient than having to track down the information yourself.
Note 1: If we have been to a country recently and have obtained a visa, we will add the details and any instructions to the specific Destination page.
Note 2: If you are planning a long journey through multiple countries, you may still need my Visa Planning Template.
Some countries require you to produce a ticket before issuing a visa. If you’re traveling overland, which we often do, that’s a difficult task without fixed dates or the ability to book local buses, etc. In the past, we’ve had to sign statutory declarations to get into Taiwan, buy a business ticket to Miami to get into Guatemala and show bank statements to get into the UK. These days it’s different.
The following companies will provide you with a flight ticket out of the country for a minimal fee.
Please be careful with this approach, as you are effectively lying to immigration officials. Proper due diligence is a must.
- Onward Ticket – a service that allows you to book a verified flight reservation for your visa application within a few seconds.
- One Way Fly – provide genuine airline bookings and hotel reservations. Perfect solution for digital nomads and travelers who want to extend or apply for visas.
- Best Onward Ticket – For $12, buy an actual flight ticket valid for 72 hours. This ticket can be shown at check-in at the airport and border controls and used for visa applications.
- Onward Fly – an exclusive flight ticket rental service that provides you with international flight tickets (travel itineraries) with your name on them to use as proof of onward travel plans when you travel abroad.
Section 2 – Relevant Posts & Pages
The visa acquisition process should be reasonably straightforward if you are only visiting one country. HOWEVER, long, multi-country adventures are a different kettle of fish. This blog should put you on the right path:
I’m pretty sure Aussies no longer need a visa for short visits to Belarus. But many other countries do. So this blog might be of use if you are passing through Lithuania.
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