Apply for a visa, pay for a visa, fly with a visa and once that's done all you need to do is enjoy your trip, right? Many travellers and holidaymakers assume that travelling to a country where you need a visa to enter is as simple as that. But, the process of acquiring a visa and then using it, requires a little more thought and planning than some might think.
Most of the time applying for a visa is a very straightforward and simple process, which sometimes, you don't actually even need to do. But if you don't look into planning your travels and take the time to look at whether or not you need to apply for a visa, then how would you know you don't need one? How are you going to know if you even meet the criteria to receive one?
Fear not, what follows is a very simple guide for the steps you should take when it comes to planning travelling with a visa, and a few pearls of wisdom you might not have thought about had you just started looking into this on your own.
Planning really is everything. Usually, would-be travellers will either decide where or how long they want to travel for before doing anything else. Deciding where you want to go is all well and good, but nothing beats having a start and end date for your trip as a whole and working out how long you can stay in each country you choose to visit, after.
How long you want to spend away will often affect what type of visa you need to purchase. That's if you need to purchase a visa before you travel at all. Some countries offer Australian citizens visa-free travel or issue visas on arrival but once again, how long you plan on being away for will be a factor.
Always think about whether or not you plan to be in the country you're visiting for more than 30 days. If you intend to stay longer than 30 days then even if you are allowed to enter the country for free, you will usually need to purchase an extension. Forgetting to do this can have serious consequences depending on where you are in the world. The possibility of being put on an international blacklist for travelling in the future is not out of the question or, ending up stuck in a foreign prison.
Plan your travel ahead in advance and always make sure to check what country you're going to, and what the rules are for staying there past 30 days if it's free for you to do so.
Your government will usually have diplomatic outposts of some sort stationed in many countries around the world. These usually take the form of embassies and consulates but don't always expect to find one in every country you travel to. To find out where they are, check with the foreign office or ministry of your own government, and get a link to their official website.
Local embassy and consul websites have important information on them regarding travel to and applying for visas for the countries they are located in. They also have important information regarding local customs and dress codes, visa prices and requirements, weather and more.
If you're going to be purchasing a visa, you want to make sure you're getting the real deal, so it's best to do this through the official channels. You do not want to find yourself stumbling onto a malicious website by mistake and being scammed!
Whilst you can still apply for visas and find out all the information you need by looking through the country you plan to visit official websites, following links from or, using websites belonging to your own government's departments to apply is a safe bet. You always want to be as careful as possible when submitting your personal and financial details online, so why not stay closer to home with them?
Not sure where to begin even after reading this article? Don't worry, we are here to help! Our team of visa experts are on standby to deal with all your visa related travel queries and help process your visa applications.
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