Visa Advice for Other Countries

Wherever you’re travelling in the world, it’s important you check any travel restrictions and visa requirements before you travel. Some countries base their visa-free entry schemes based on your citizenship, rather than which passport you hold, therefore it’s key you check the specifics for your personal circumstances to avoid being held up at customs, or even being refused entry into the country.

There are a few other points you will need to be aware of which can determine the visa type you will need, including:

  • Which country you are travelling to
  • Which passport or travel document you hold
  • Your citizenship, if different to that of your passport
  • The purpose of travel (tourism/business/study/family/other)
  • The dates you are travelling and how long you intend to stay
  • Date of birth (some visa processes differ dependant on this)

We have created a range of general blog posts on visa requirements, but if you’d like advice from one of our visa specialists, just get in touch. We’re here to help and give you personalised advice through live chat, or any of the methods listed on our Contact Page.

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Travel Visa FAQs

  • Not necessarily. Each application will be considered on its merits at the time, though having been successfully issued visas previously may help your request. Most countries will ask if you have previously held visas for that country and when, so you will have the opportunity to add this information.

  • This entirely depends on where you are travelling to. Each country has its own guidelines on what is classed as work which requires a specialist business visa, even if it is unpaid, and what is allowed to be completed on a tourist visa. If you are planning on undertaking any paid or voluntary work whilst you’re overseas, ensure you have checked the restrictions. If you complete any work whilst you’re overseas which is not covered by your visa type, you could be fined and your visa cancelled.

  • Not unless it specifically allows more than single entry visits. Some countries allow you to apply for dual, triple or multi-entry visas. If you’re unsure which type of visa you have, it will likely state on the document how many visits you are allowed. Remember that each visit will also have a time limit applied, so ensure you understand all of the details to avoid overstaying your visa period.

  • This all depends on where you are travelling and which company you are sailing with. If there are countries along your route which will require you to have a visa, such as a UK citizen travelling to China, you will need to contact the cruise company to check whether they will be assisting you with the visa requirements. Some countries, such as Russia, have specific visa types for cruise ships which cover all passengers for short stays. Make sure you check any visa requirements in plenty of time, as some countries can have lengthy procedures to obtain a visa,.

  • Most Embassies have set processing times and will sometimes offer more than one speed of service for urgent requests. It’s often not possible to track the process of your application however, so the best thing to do if you are in urgent need of a visa is to contact the Embassy prior to applying and speak to the consulate about your options.

  • You can either check your details with the Embassy of the country you are travelling to for each of your individual citizenships, or you can get in touch with our visa specialists who will be able to advise you personally.

  • If you have a connecting flight in a country along your journey to your destination, in some cases, you may need what is known as a transit visa. This allows you to land in the country, change to your connecting flight and depart the country. These are generally only required at airports where you will need to pass through customs but varies depending on your citizenship and where you are travelling through. It’s always best to check restrictions along your route in plenty of time before your departure date.