Traveling to various points of interest around the world is an exciting opportunity for anyone, no matter where you currently reside or how often you’ve traveled.

    Traveling to various points of interest around the world is an exciting opportunity for anyone, no matter where you currently reside or how often you’ve traveled. While it can be a little difficult understanding the various travel regulations and stipulations implemented by individual countries, not to mention the differences between the types of Visas available today, UpVisas is here to help you.

    With quick reference areas covering things that you definitely need to know before traveling, tips, and explanations on the basics of available Visas, this website is your go to resource. It doesn’t matter if you’re planning on obtaining your Visa in order to travel as a tourist next week or you’re just looking for information about a Business Visa for that conference in Japan next year, we’ve got you covered.

    Not sure what an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) is or what to do when a Visa isn’t required for the country you plan to travel to? We pretty much explain it all.

    Additionally, if you’re dreading the idea of standing in long lines at the various Embassies in order to get your Tourist Visa, we’ll tell you how you may be able to obtain it simply by applying online and printing off the document when you receive it by email.

    Nervous about traveling abroad? We’ve got some definitive precautions and best practices that you should take advantage of and a few great tips that you’ll want to know.

    Dip into UpVisa’s wealth of knowledge and find out just about everything you need to know about Visas and traveling the world.


    Is a Visa Required?

    For many travelers, tourist Visas aren’t required in order to visit a specific country. However, for countries like New Zealand and others, you may be required to obtain the equivalent of an ETA before leaving for the country. 

    It is extremely important that you review all travel requirements before even planning your trip abroad. Due to seemingly ever-changing laws, this is true even if you’ve recently traveled to that country.

    Spending a few minutes to ensure that your current travel documents still meet today’s regulations can save you both time and money overall. Failure to properly research the documentation and identification requirements can result in several adverse repercussions. Arriving at your destination country without a mandatory Visa or other travel papers can have consequences such as being held by customs agents and even deported back to your home country at your added expense.

    Additionally, assuming that you need to wait in line to obtain a Visa to a particular country may result in you needlessly spending time and money on documents that you eventually find out aren’t necessary. When it comes to traveling to any country, especially if you’ve never been there before, it definitely pays to take the few minutes needed to determine exactly what the laws are.


    What is a Tourist Visa?

    Many countries require what is known as a Tourist Visa or Visa for Tourism. These travel documents generally entitle civilians to legally enter the country for site-seeing and other vacation-type activities for a maximum amount of time.

    Generally, you’ll have the choice between either a single-entry Visa or one that allows you to enter multiple times for a limited number of days and they’re normally valid for an average of 90-days from the date that they are issued. 

    Tourist Visas do have other limitations as well. Most restrict you from doing any sort of work or business transactions and some will dictate exactly where you can travel during your stay as well. 

    You’ll find that even with the advent of high speed internet and widespread Wi-Fi availability, some destinations do still require in-person applications. Once again, this is where you need to do additional legwork in order to determine whether you have to spend time at the Embassy or there are other options.

    However, more and more countries are offering eVisas or ETAs in order to make it easier for international travelers. While in-person applications can take weeks or even more than a month to completely process, many electronic and online options return application results within 5 to 10 days and only take minutes to complete.

    What Exactly are Business Visas?

    Generally, you’ll need a Business Visa if you plan to travel to a foreign country for one or more of the reasons listed below. 

    • Business consultations.
    • Attending educational, scientific, or business conferences or conventions for specific travel dates.
    • You plan on settling an estate or negotiate a contract.
    • You’re attending short-term training in the country.

    Many times, a Business Visa is a non-immigrant visa for travelers who wish to visit for a short duration for business-related reasons, yet the traveler’s actions and itinerary don’t require a business in the host-country to pay for labor or work. 

    Furthermore, some countries require that you apply for your Business Visa no later than 60-days before your planned travel dates, with even more stipulations on those traveling for scientific-related affairs.

    Just as we’ve mentioned before, it is a general best practice to do a little homework well before your expected travel time. There are countries where you’ll be required to complete an in-person application in the respective Embassy, while others make it quick and simple with electronic options.

    Don’t waste your time or your money taking a guess on what type of documents you need. Costing your organization additional travel expenses and missing important international meetings or conferences is not the way to impress the bosses upstairs.

    Travel Precautions When Going Abroad

    No matter how often you travel or where you’ve been before, there are some general best practices and “pro” tips that you should seriously consider implementing. Some may seem like common sense but you’d be surprised by how many travelers seem to forget some of the most basic tips for traveling abroad.

    One of the first tips that every international traveler should adhere to is procuring an extra copy of your Visa. No matter if it’s a travel document from an in-person application or an ETA/eVisa you received from official channels online, carrying at least two copies can save you a lot of headache.

    While it may seem “old fashioned,” another pro tip is insuring your travel. Providing you and your family with a comfortable buffer in the event that anything goes wrong, travel insurance is definitely an option you should consider.

    One huge aspect that many international travelers forget is registering the trip with their department of state. This can be an extremely helpful practice as it ensures that someone “official” is aware of your travel plans and can “sound the alert” if something unfortunate was to happen during the trip.

    Finally, you should also notify your credit card company of your travel plans. This can alleviate any inaccurate fraud detection from unexpectedly cutting off your money supply, while also helping monitor your purchases to ensure that your transactions are all legitimate.


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