The world we live in is free but is still not. We need permission from other countries before we enter their borders.
Hence there is a visa requirement.
Visa – a simple sticker in one’s passport isn’t as quiet as it looks. It is the government authorized permission for non-citizens to travel and reside in one country for a specific purpose and period of time.
Each country has its own set of rules and regulations for accepting a visa application and even after accepting one, a country may not allow you to enter their borders remember Tom Hanks in Terminal and you may be asked to undergo a series of security and medical check-ups on your arrival.
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Types of Visa
Visa applications are of many kinds depending on the nature of your travel to the other country. Some of the popular ones are –
The details of each visa requirement vary depending on the purpose and the country.
Since we are all wanderlusters here, we will be only discussing travel visas.
Thankfully, Tourist/ Travel visas are one of the easiest and hassle-free visas to obtain.
Here are few of the most frequent questions asked while applying for an International tourist visa –
How do I apply for a Visa?
If the country offers a visa on arrival then no need to apply for a visa beforehand. Just carry the required visa fee and essential documents mentioned by the website/embassy and submit them on your arrival.
What are the basic visa requirements?
Visa requirements vary from country to country. Check the immigration website of the destination country for the exact requirements. Some of the generic requirements for visa application are –
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If you have stated the purpose of your travel as visiting family/friends while applying for visa, you may need to attach a letter of invitation along with your visa application. A letter of invitation is a formal letter by the person you intend to visit inviting you to their country. This is usually done to re-confirm the purpose of your visit and ensure its honesty.
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Once you have submitted your visa application form, you will be asked to appear for a visa interview. Interviews do sound nerve-wracking but there is nothing to worry as the questions asked are simple and basic.
Here are few of the common questions asked during the interview –
Know the basic details of your trip – places you will be visiting, number of days, your airline details, date of departure and arrival
How much is the visa fees?
Visa fees depend on your nationality, period of stay, the purpose of travel and the destination country. The visa fees can vary from free to INR 10000 For USA. Check the immigration website of the destination country for exact information on visa fees.
How much time does it take to get a Visa?
Again, it depends on the country you are in and the country you want to travel to. Usually, it takes about 10 – 20 days for a visa application to be processed and granted. To avoid any last-minute glitches it is advisable to apply for visa well in advance.
If I am an Indian citizen, which countries can I travel to Visa- free?
Indian passport allows you to travel visa-free or getting a visa on arrival to 59 countries including Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Fiji, Bhutan, Nepal, Kenya, Maldives, and Thailand.
Important Tips -
Don’t let this entire visa application talk and procedures dampen your traveling spirits. If the visa process feels complicated you can always take the help of a reliable visa processing company.
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