“You don’t need visa when you’ve got santa.”
Our friend thought the same thing and traveled to other country, had to spend few days on airport before he was deported back.
Well, unawareness (and sometimes overconfidence on your passport) about visa processes may put you in situations that are frustrating. At times, even with all the preparation and knowledge you may face a problem that is not anticipated. And believe us, you are not alone.
We receive queries from travelers across the globe regarding visa and visa processes, some are just not sure as to where to begin, some have visa but don’t know what to do next, and some…don’t know what visa means. So, let’s start with answering few questions here and take another step towards hassle free visa world.
A visa is an endorsement or a stamp on a passport indicating that the holder of that passport is allowed to enter, leave, or stay for a specified period of time in a country other than the country of his/her citizenship. A visa can be considered as a conditional authorization that is granted by a country to foreigners. Based on the foreign country’s legal system, the visa may also be considered as the legal basis for staying in and/or exiting from that country. Visas are required by countries for regulatory, security and/or economic reasons. In most cases, visas are stamped on passport but in some cases they may be issued on a separate sheet of paper. Many countries are moving towards issueing visa electronically, so there is no physical document about visa but the government officers would see in their system that the passenger is cleared to travel/enter into the country. There are other countries who allows travelers from particular countries to enter into their land without visa, and then there are some who allows travelers to get visa on arrival. Nevertheless, even with visa on your passport, the call to let you enter the country will be made by immigration officer at the border. For countries like Russia and Saudi Arabia you require exit visa too which allows you to leave them. There are various classes/types of visa that are available for travelers according to their purpose of travel to forign destinations. The most common types are business, student and tourism. We do see significant amount of work, immigration, diplomat and religious visas.
So, once you have visa, what’s next? Well, it is a sad truth that even after obtaining visa for a country, travelers face problems due to diplomatic conflicts and wars that adversely affects travel plans. Their admission is denied in country of visit or they are detained on the basis of their nationality. The reason for being denied admission is usually related to travel to a place that,
a) is not recognized as a country by your national government, or another country that it borders share
b) has some sort of territorial dispute with the other country
c) has sanctions put in place by the other country.
Even though these issues are temporary, they have been haunting travelers since decades, and situation doesn’t seem to improve in near future. Our take on this question would be to check with embassy or missions of countries you are travelling to before your actual travel to avoid any troubles on your arrival to these countries.
Well, you have enriched yourself with lot of information. But do you know where to start? Yes, you are right, the domain experts who has all these information to granular level are the people you should be starting your journey with, Visa Guide. Visa Guide will help you in your end to end visa process and make sure your chances of getting approved visa are higher. The portal removes all the hassles of visa processes, saves days (sometimes weeks) of your time and acts as one stop shop for all your visa needs. It also has a feature of storing your documents, creating multiple profiles for your family & friends, and brings almost all physical processes to online platform. In short, it will allow you to get visa from the comfort of your home.
We will talk more about other problems that a traveler faces when he/she is on world voyage. But for now, we would like to conclude by saying,
You don’t need to worry about visa when you’ve got Visa Guide.