So, how do travelers go about finding out whether or not they need a visa in order to gain entry in their country of destination, and how does he/she get one?
There is a bit of homework involved, so travelers must research thoroughly. The best way to find out whether one needs a visa is to check the embassy website of the destination country. Travelers may also find visa information and advice on their own government’s website. For example, United States citizens may check visa requirements at the US Bureau of Consular Affairs.
Begin planning for a visa well in advance of travel; processing time can vary, and travelers will likely need to send off their passport with the visa application. Be aware of the timing of application for a visa since visa validity varies based on each countries specific requirements. Some visas are valid from the date of issue rather than the date of arrival.
Travelers can apply for visas online, by mail (enlist delivery tracking – both ways) or in person at the embassy of the destination country. There are also visa outsourcing agencies that process all visa requests for a fee; the applications are usually simple and clear in direction. The application process is informative and travelers will quickly learn the terms of the visa while completing the application; for instance, the type of visa required (tourist, business, student) whether or not they can enter the country multiple times, or if it is just single entry.
Once travelers receive the issued travel visa, they must be sure to again familiarize themselves with the terms of the visa. No one wants a headache during vacation, especially at customs. With proper planning and research travelers will cross borders with no unwanted surprises.