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Need a visa to travel & how to obtain one?

How to check if you need a visa to travel & how to obtain one?

You probably found out about my blog from all the crazy stories that are going around about me being miserable and unlucky when it comes to traveling… Yes, most of them are true, I went through some hell while traveling, from visa issues, passport damage, money exchange issues, with a side of getting lost not knowing the language, to a sprinkle of discrimination on top.. all that plus more for the price of mental toughness, new friendships and unforgettable greatest adventures of all times. How’s that for dessert!

With all matter of seriousness, I don’t regret any of the things that happened to me, heck yeah, I became one of the strongest people I know! It all made me adventurous and wild as hell! No kidding, If you tell me to let’s jump off the cliff or a road trip across Ecuador, I’ll say “Let’s Go!”

When it comes to getting a visa as fast as possible or eliminate the chances of getting rejected or needing a second, third or fourth visit to the embassy; a few things needs to be in check:

  1. Find out if you need a visa; it all depends on your passport and your citizenship status, don’t expect if you hold an American passport you’re exempt from visas! I had a friend who was on my China tour with me (holds an American passport!) that thought she’ll never need a visa for any country (No! American passport holders can be exempt from many visas but not all of them, in fact after our latest presidential election and international politics, American passport holders are in the process of having to obtain a visa to visit any of the European union countries! 28 countries! You can check if you need a visa through VisaHQ from here.
  2. Check when do you need to apply for the visa, how long before your trip you have to apply for it, you can’t get it before your flight in few hours (I tried doesn’t work, lol!) you probably need to apply from 2 weeks to 2 months and it all depends on the embassy and your status.
  3. Read and bring ALL required documents; In order to avoid multiple embassy visits, you need to make sure you check the required documents that each embassy needs, based on the visa that you’re trying to obtain. If you’re trying to get a tourist visa you’ll mostly need to bring the following;
  • A passport (has at least 6 months time before expires!) original and photocopies!
  • Passport photo(s) mostly they’re 1×1 white background,
  • Flight and Hotel reservations,
  • Invitation letter or School letter or Employment letter,
  • Banking information for the past 6 months (make sure that you have money in there, more than the cost of the flights and hotel!),
  • Money order for the visa fee;

but again make sure you go online and check with each embassy and their requirement based on your status and the type of visa you’re trying to obtain.

4.   Go back and read step #3 word for word!

Check how the embassy needs the documents submitted, online? during working hours/days? mailed? & if you need a paid mail postage to get the visa once complete.

5.   Now once you got your visa and all set and ready to go, make sure to travel like a traveler and not like a tourist. Experience each city with true explorer spirit and cheers to amazing future memories to be made.

Don’t forget to come back and let me know how it all went 😀

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11 Comments

  • Reply Sincerely Ophelia May 22, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    This is really cooL! Thanks for sharing. And I especially love that ziplining shot <3

    XOXO //
    SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

  • Reply Emily May 22, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    What awesome advice! I foresee myself traveling very soon, and will totally need to look into if I need visas. Thanks for the great info!

  • Reply Patricia May 23, 2017 at 12:04 am

    Thanks for the info. My family will need to get a visa to travel to a foreign country sometime this year, and these are great tips!

  • Reply Atzimba May 23, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Great post! I will be traveling this summer so it’s awesome to have this as a reference to see if I may need a visa!

  • Reply Rhian Westbury May 23, 2017 at 6:00 am

    I know I need an ESTA to travel to the States but other than that I’d have no idea about what countries I’d need Visa’s for x

  • Reply Milton Coyne May 23, 2017 at 8:45 am

    This is a great piece of information especially for someone like me who is really eager to visit other countries too.. I was able to process my passport already but I haven’t use it yet.. I was actually aiming to visit those visa-free country first but thanks a lot for giving me the idea on how to process a visa

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus May 23, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Wowee. It seems like you really went through the works when it came to your travel but I am so glad that you didn’t let it put you off travelling. After all what are dreams if the path to them has not been defined by ‘overcoming obstacles?’ x

  • Reply Nailil May 23, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Quite frankly I had not heard of this destination. I worked gathering paperwork for visas before and it’s not an easy task. So much effort goes into it, it’s almost good to know what you need in order to save time.

  • Reply Heather May 24, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    This is vital information for Travelers – especially American ones that don’t think we need Visas! I had heard rumor that the rules were changing, thank you for sharing the link where we can double check!

  • Reply Ali Rost May 24, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Who knew it was such an effort?! I’m so glad for your post, I’m sure it will save a lot of people a lot of frustration. If you’ve never been through the process before, something like this would be over the top helpful! x

  • Reply Helen May 25, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    I live in the UK and have only ever travelled in the EU so never had to get a visa for a country. It all sounds very stressful and complicated though!

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