Visa Requirements

Visa Requirements: They Can Be Daunting But The Countries Are Worth Visiting

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Visa Requirements

Originally Published: August 22, 2015
 
I wanted to share some information about visa and health requirements as this is really very important when considering where you want to visit as well as the routings you wish to take. This is especially important in today’s travels.
 
St. Ann's Head, Pembrokeshire Wales

St. Ann’s Head, Pembrokeshire Wales

 

Country Specific Visa Requirements

Always remember that some countries require that you show a confirmed ticket to leave their country. Leaving is not always by air so bear that in mind as well. Your non-revenue ticket may not be enough. For the most part your non-revenue ticket is fine though at least once you have your visa.
 
 
Corn Vendor in Taipei, Taiwan
 
Corn Vendor in Taipei, Taiwan
 
One thing too is to remember that sometimes it takes weeks to get a visa and you have to send your passport away in order to get it done. Plus it can be very pricey.
 
Some countries have reciprocal fees that you must pay before you leave your country of origin or on arrival.
 

Visa For People’s Republic of China

Mainland China requires a visa for entry and that must be procured before departure but now you can get one for 10 years. Despite the 72-hours no visa required rule, as a non-revenue traveler, the airline may require that you have a confirmed ticket to leave the country in 72-hours of your arrival, so your non-revenue ticket may not work. Hence you will need a visa.
 
Great Wall, China

Great Wall, China

 

Visa For Hong Kong

Hong Kong which is a SAR of China has no visa requirement for U.S. citizens.
 
Tseung Kwan O in Hong Kong

Tseung Kwan O in Hong Kong

 

Visa For Shenzhen

To visit Shenzhen though, you can get your visa at the border with Hong Kong. Similar to Macau where you do a visa on arrival as well. So just check your rules before you are ready to travel. For international travel, it’s not just all about getting that ticket and jetting off.
 

Visa For Russia

A visa is required for traveling to Russia. Just check with your nearest consulate for details as it varies by location. Give yourself time, at least 24-48 hours to apply and receive it.
 
Moscow, Russia - Red Square At Night

Moscow, Russia – Red Square At Night

 

Visa On Arrival

Tanzania

Some countries like Tanzania is visa on arrival and you must have cash in the currency of your passport country to pay for it.
 
Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro

 

Nepal

Others like Nepal will require that you have a passport photo taken if you don’t already have one when you arrive and get your visa on arrival.
 
Temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal

Temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal

 
I say this to tell you to be prepared when you are thinking of your routings.
 

Australia

One place that people get tripped up is Australia. And yes a visa is required for U.S. citizens for which you can apply online. It’s called an Electronic Travel Authority or ETA.
 
Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

 

Countries You Can Visit Without A Visa

I’ve written an article about At Least 138 Countries you can visit without a visa using your U.S. passport to help you figure out the visa requirements for places to visit. This is U.S.-centric. If you are from other countries, just check the website for the consulate of the country you wish to visit for the rules or if you have access to Timatic or Timatic Web, you can check there as well. Just check with the airline with whom you are traveling. Here are some examples:
Amsterdam Tram
 

What is Global Entry?

Also, consider joining Global Entry program as it will save you time when making connections as U.S. ports of entry. I’d literally miss tight connections without being a member of this service. Plus it also gets you into the TSA Pre program. Countries such as Australia, Canada, Mexico, The Netherlands have similar systems.

Fruits and Vegetables at the Colombo, Sri Lanka Market

Fruits and Vegetables at the Colombo, Sri Lanka Market

Summary

So remember do your research before you travel as it concerns health and visa requirements. What have you found in your travels? Please leave a comment below and let me know what you’ve found.

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  1. If traveling to Argentina, a visa is not required, but a reciprocity fee  of $160 plus agency fees, must be paid in advance online. This fee is a valid for 10 years, but since there is no stamp in your passport, you must keep your records of the transaction for your future visits to Argentina.

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  2. Any further info on Chinese Visas?  I’ve been told that to apply for a CREW VISA will cancel my Tourist Visa?!?  I need BOTH!  Applying for Tourist Vusa to travel for Vacation will cancel my Crew Visa?!?  Was told to get Tourist Visa first—then apply for CREW Visa! AFTER my vacation!  What about to 10 year Tourist Visa?  Will it be cancelled? What if I want to go on another Vacation?  Do I have to reapply/pay again?  Any insight would be appreciated!   Thank YOU!  I’m using CIBT to process Visa.        Love your posts and info for traveling!    Always,   Jana

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  3. I will be traveling or should I say I would like to be traveling to Moscow, Russia November 18, 2015. How and we’re would I start the process for a visa?

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