There are several countries where you will need to have a travel Visa to enter. You need to understand that a travel Visa does not guarantee permission to you to enter a specific country.
It tells the border officials and customs agents that you have come to that country for the purpose of travel and you have also met the entry criteria for that country. Getting a Visa can be a daunting process if you have never done it before.
For those who do not know what a Visa is, it’s a document which shows that you are allowed to enter a specific country for a specific period of time for a specific purpose. To determine if you need a Visa, you must visit the Embassy or Consulate of the country that you want to go to.
It is of utmost importance that you find the appropriate application. You can start by going to the official website of the Embassy where you can find the application. Typically these days, you can fill most application online, print them out and then send them to the embassy or consulate.
Some applications may require check or money order which you have to send along with your application.
Once you send the mail of your application, you will hear back within a period of two weeks to two months. So, you have to be sure to plan ahead of your vacation.
Ensure that you give yourself plenty of time. You will receive your Visa, usually, in the mail. You must attach it to the passport and bring it to the country you wish to visit.
Which Countries Require Visas?
The answer to this question depends mainly on your citizenship. The best information source for you is the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State, Foreign Office and other similar agencies.
Go to the website of the department or the agency and look for the country you wish to visit. Country specific web pages should be there to guide you about the Visa requirements and other details.
How To Apply For A Visa?
For this question too, the best source of information will be the Consulate or the Embassy of the country that you are planning to visit.
There are several embassies that have websites in different languages and provide information on the Visa application process, processing time and fees. You may also call up the Consulate or the Embassy and avail information on the application process for the Visa.
Every country has a specific set of requirements for the Visa applications. Ensure that you understand the entire process before sending in your passport, money or related documents. Keep copies of all the details that you send and make sure that you follow all the instructions carefully while applying.
In case, some of the instructions do not make sense to you, call up the Consulate or the Embassy or clarifications.
List of countries that you can go to and avail visa on arrival:
- Hong Kong
- Timor Leste
- South Korea
- Sao Tome & Principe
- Cape Verde
- Comoros Islands
- British Virgin Islands
- St Lucia
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- St Vincent
- Trinidad & Tobago
- Turks & Caicos Islands
- Cook Islands
- El Salvador