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4 Steps to Hassle Free Travel: Guide for Travel Destinations That Require a Tourist Visa

Traveling for many is an adrenaline-filled thrill. While some want to travel to explore new places and cultures, others yearn to connect with their roots, and some simply seek to relax and recharge. Regardless of the reason, there is no denying the fact that traveling is the best way to fuel your wanderlust, especially if you are traveling to a foreign country.

Are you geared to take up your next vacation? Before you pack your bags if you are traveling to a foreign country make sure you have done your homework and checked to see if you require a visa to travel to your destination. Should you need a tourist visa and want to know the process, read this blog.


Step By Step Guide to Tourist Visa:

  • Determine if a Tourist Visa is required:

Work with your travel agent to determine if a tourist visa is required. If you are not working with a travel agent, contact or review the website of the country’s embassy/consulate to determine if a visa is needed. Identify important facts such as how long you are allowed to stay in the country and any additional requirements for foreign travelers that are in place (i.e., COVID Vaccination requirements)

Assemble the documents required

If a tourist visa is required, identify what documents you need to gather. These will include a valid passport, visa application, and passport-style photo(s), just to name a few. Should an appointment be needed with the embassy/consulate to do this as soon as possible to avoid processing delays?


Pay the required tourist visa fee

To have your visa application processed, you must pay the required visa fee. This fee varies according to your destination. Some embassies require payment at the time of submission, while others may require payment when the visa has been issued and is being picked up from the embassy/consulate.


Attend the visa interview if necessary

If an interview is required, some countries may also require a biometrics appointment.  Biometrics is generally fingerprinting and for some countries a photo. Be sure to bring all required documents with you to the interview. Do not assume or make decisions for yourself as to what you will submit. The basic rule is – Bring everything and let the visa officer determine what is not needed.


Frequently Asked Questions


1. How Long Is a Tourist Visa?

A tourist visa is typically a single entry valid for 30 days. However, some countries may issue a tourist visa valid for a year or more and allow for multiple entries. With a visa that allows for multiple entries you are only permitted to stay for 30 days per entry.


2. How Long Does It Take to Get a Tourist Visa?

Tourist visa applications are typically processed within two weeks of submission. However, the processing times vary by country, and you need to begin the visa process well in advance of your planned departure date. 


3. How Many Times Can I Apply for a Tourist Visa?

There is usually no limit to the number of times you can apply for a tourist visa, as long as you meet the requirements and have followed the rules of your previous visas.


The Bottom Line

Traveling is a wonderful idea, but behind every successful vacation, especially to a foreign country, is a proper planning. If you have any travel plans, and need assistance with your passport or travel visa, connect with SharpLink Services to access their reliable and hassle-free visa and passport processing services. To request a quote, visit our website


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