It is important to check visa requirements for the countries you are traveling to. There is nothing worse than arriving somewhere and learning that you cannot enter because you do not have the right papers.
What is a visa? In short, it is a stamp or form attached to your passport when you enter a foreign country (and sometimes when you leave it). It shows permission to enter, transit or stay in a country. Entry is not guaranteed – this is reserved for the country's immigration officials.
What do you do to get the required visas? If you organize your travel route independently from a travel agency, you need to inquire at the embassies of the countries you want to visit. If you organize your travel route through an agency, it should be able to advise you.
The rules of participation vary, so it is worth checking them in advance. Here are some of the things you need to consider.
Processing times vary. It may take weeks, or you can pick up your visa online or upon entry into the country.
Visas are sometimes free, but can cost up to £ 50 or £ 60.
Your passport is valid
Your passport must be valid for up to eight months to enter some countries.
To obtain a visa, you must be able to present your flight tickets upon application. In other cases, you need to be able to prove that you have an onward ticket from the country.
Some African countries insist that you have a yellow fever certificate.
It is worth checking the requirements for health insurance. However, if you are traveling around the world, it is strongly recommended to take out insurance anyway.
A maximum length of stay is specified in all countries. Make sure that this fits your schedule.
In rare cases, you will need an invitation letter to visit a country.
In other rare cases, you need to prove that you have enough money to stay in the country – and enough money to leave the country.
Check clothing requirements as some countries deny access to people who do not follow the general appearance rules.