Corona scare: What are alternative destinations?

The coronavirus case was first reported in Wuhan, China, which is now becoming a pandemic across Asia and other parts of the world. While the experts, governments and other agencies are rapidly working on finding the cure and curbing the spread, the travel industry has taken a hit due to cancellations of trips to Southeast Asian countries. Countries have issued a travel warning to travelers planning to travel to affected areas.

Due to a sudden scare of the virus, travelers around the globe are looking for alternatives over Southeast Asian countries. Keeping in mind the visa processing times, the difficulty of getting the visa and the availability of ‘E-Visa’ or ‘Visa on Arrival’ options, we have created a tiny list of countries that can be explored as possible substitutes. 

Visa Categories

In general, if we have to select the countries that are easy to difficult to travel to based on the visa categories, we will put them from ‘Visa Free’ countries to the countries that need ‘Personal Interview’ to issue a visa.

Visa Processing Times

Based on the processing times, the following list can act as a good reference, a complete blog around it can be found on this link with the list of all the countries under each category.

  • 1-7 business days – Sri Lanka, UAE, France, Kenya, US, South Africa
  • 8-20 business days – Europe (Schengen countries)
  • 21 days and above – Australia, Canada, UK

Visa Cost

It is very important to keep the budget in check while traveling, many people prefer the Southeast Asian countries cause of the affordability index that these countries have to offer. Here is the link to the blog that will help you keep a check on your expenses when it comes to visa costs.

Bonus Trick

Did we tell you that we have a trick to share? The trick is around how you can travel more with less cost/expenses with respect to the visa prices. A smart traveler will always opt for this trick, here is the link to the article that describes it.

Here are a few quick reads for you to apply for your visa, it will help in understanding the processes better.

We hope this travel blog helps in getting some clarity for your upcoming trip. Irrespective of whichever place you choose for your next holiday, we are available to assist you with your visa process.

PS:  The fight against the virus is on, and we are sure as a unit (humanity), we will win the battle.

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