Checking the visa requirements for the countries you visit is essential. There is nothing worse than coming somewhere and telling you that you cannot log in because you do not have the correct documentation.
So, what is a visa? In short, it is a stamp or form affixed to your passport when you enter (and sometimes leave) a foreign country. It shows you permission to travel to, enter, transit or stay in a country. This does not guarantee entry – it remains the right of the country's immigration officials.
What do you do to get the necessary visas? If you organize your itinerary independently of a travel agency, you should consult the embassies of each of the countries you plan to visit. If you are organizing your itinerary through an agency, they should be able to advise you.
Entry rules vary, so it's worth checking in advance. Here are some of the things you may need to keep in mind.
Application times vary. This can take weeks or you can get your visa online or when entering the country.
Sometimes visas are free, but can cost up to £ 50 or £ 60.
The length of time in your passport
To enter some countries, your passport must still be valid for up to eight months.
To get some visas, you must be able to show your airline tickets on application. In other cases, you must be able to prove that you have a travel ticket from the country.
Some African countries require you to have a yellow fever certificate.
It is worth checking the requirements for health insurance. However, if you are traveling the world, it is strongly recommended that you get insurance.
All countries quote the maximum amount of time you can stay. Make sure this matches your schedule.
In rare cases, you will need an invitation letter to visit a country.
In other rare cases, you will need to prove that you have enough money to stay in the country – and also enough money to leave.
Check clothing requirements, as some countries refuse entry to people who do not follow the general appearance rules.