Your Guide to Travel Visas

Posted by Holly Hou on 8/21/20 12:09 PM

Is wanderlust calling or does your job simply require you to travel abroad? Whatever your reason for international travel may be, you’ll always want to check your travel documents to make sure you have everything you need. Other than your passport, which in most cases needs to be valid for at least six months after the planned travel dates, there may be other requirements, such as a travel visa, depending on your nationality and destination. If you’re unsure about the travel requirements for your destination, you can always reach out to NexTravel Support for assistance.

COVID-19 Update: Now that we are facing a worldwide pandemic, the requirements may have changed. Some countries have already suspended issuing visas to foreign visitors. An EU official also noted that once the COVID-19 vaccine is confirmed and available for all, visa applicants may also be required to be vaccinated, especially if the virus remains active. Meanwhile, there are countries such as Austria, Slovakia and Cyprus requiring travelers to present a certificate proving they’ve been tested and negative from COVID-19. Travel requirements are constantly changing due to COVID-19, so check here for the latest information on COVID-19 travel restrictions.



What is a travel visa?

A travel visa is an official document that permits foreigners to enter a country for a specific purpose (tourism or business) and period of time. Travel visas are typically physically stamped or attached to your passport. Visa fees vary from country to country.


You may not need a travel visa though if your home country has a visa agreement with the destination country. For example, U.S. citizens do not need a visa to travel to Canada if staying less than 6 months. 


Where can I check if I need a travel visa?

To help with your travel planning, we have provided links to websites for a few destinations below so that you can get the most up-to-date information and check if you need a travel visa based on your nationality. You may also refer to CIBT Visa for other destinations. 



How do I apply for a travel visa?

If you do need a travel visa, you may have to visit a consulate or embassy to apply and the process could include an interview or submission of additional documents, such as a letter of invitation from your host. 

If the destination country offers visas on arrival or electronic visas (eVisas), you might be able to save yourself some time and a trip to the embassy. Visas on arrival are granted at a port of entry and do not require an application to be completed beforehand. Electronic visas are digital visas that are applied for and processed online. They are linked to the traveler’s passport number and do not have a physical label attached to your passport like normal visas. See maps below for more details.


Maps sourced from Wikipedia.

Visa on Arrival

  Countries that issue visas or permits on arrival as a general rule for all arriving visitors

  Countries that issue visas or permits on arrival to a selected group of nationalities (more than 10)


Electronic Visa

  Countries granting electronic visas universally

  Countries granting electronic visas to select nationalities

  Countries requiring electronic registration from most visa exempt visitors (excluding Australian eVisitor)


Topics: Air Travel, COVID-19

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