23 Nov Travel Visa Guide
One of the most complicated and annoying travel planning tasks has been sorting out our travel visas. For each country we hope to visit there are so many questions that need to be answered:
- Do we need a visa and if so, what type?
- How much will the visa cost?
- How long will it last?
- How far in advance can we apply for the visa?
- What documents do we need to apply for a visa?
- How and where do we make the visa application?
Yes, sorting out our travel visas so far has been one big headache. One of the biggest problems is that it’s hard to find one central source of visa advice. We referred to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the first instance to try and find out about our travel visas. Although this gave a good overall view, more often than not we had to do further research by contacting each individual country embassy ourselves. We’ve put together this guide from our own painstaking hours of research in an attempt to help other travellers figure out how to apply for their travel visas.
How to Get a Visa
Each country has its own visa process, requirements, regulations and fees – so you’ll need to research this in advance. Here’s what we’ve found out about the visa requirements for the first few countries on our travel itinerary:
- How to get a visa for New Zealand
- How to get a visa for Australia
- How to get a visa for Indonesia
- How to get a visa for the Philippines
- How to get a visa for Thailand
We’ll add to this list as we apply for other visas on our round the world trip.
Travel Visa Requirements
We’ve found that different countries require different documents for visa applications. In the strictest instances we’ve had to provide bank statements to prove we’re solvent and onward tickets, travel itineraries and letters from our parents to prove we’re not planning to stay in the country long-term. In contrast, some countries have only asked us to fill in an online visa application or produce a valid passport on arrival. The amount and type of documents that you need to produce seems to vary depending on:
- What country you’re from
- Which country you want to travel to
- How long you want to stay
- Whether you want to work in the country or not
Visas can be expensive. While some short-term tourist visas are free, often you’ll have to pay and certain countries charge a hefty fee, especially if you want to stay in the country for longer than a few weeks. So, it’s always best to research how much your visa will cost so you weigh up the options and factor these costs into your travel budget.