What is a Travel Visa?

A travel visa is an authorization that permits a traveller to visit one certain country, usually in the form of a sticker document affixed to a passport page or a stamp also placed in one of the passport pages.

Each country has its own visa policy. To get a travel visa you must apply at the office of the immigration authorities of the country you are planning to visit.

In cases when your destination country does not have a consulate or embassy in your home country, you will have to obtain a travel visa at the embassy of another country that is authorized to issue visas for the country you will to visit.

Types of Visas

There are many types of travel visas depending on your nationality, destination country, the purpose of travel and even the number of times you wish to visit that country.  You could obtain a visa to visit a certain country for the following purposes:

  • Tourism.
  • Transiting.
  • Visit family and friends.
  • Seek medical treatment.
  • Seek employment.
  • Attend business conferences.
  • Participate in a scientific research project.
  • Study at a university, college or other educational institution.
  • Join your spouse.
  • Invest or open your own business.

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Passport vs Visa

People may struggle to understand the difference between a passport and a visa, especially when they are holders of very powerful passports, with which they can visit most of the countries of the world without the need of obtaining a visa first they still have pretty a huge difference. While the government of a particular country issues visas to foreigners wishing to visit that country, passports are issued to the citizens of their own country and enable them to visit other countries.

Although a visa can sometimes be a must in order to be able to travel somewhere, it does not always guarantee you will enter that country since the border guard makes the final call.  To travel to some countries you may require a visa and in some cases, you are only required to have a valid passport because of a visa-free agreement between countries.

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Countries issue visas to foreigners wishing to visit that country.Countries issues passports to their own citizens, and enable these citizens to visit other countries.
The visa contains information of the destination country, the date the traveler is allowed to enter this country, the date before which this person must exit and also the number of days they are allowed to remain in that country within the given period of time.A passport contains basic information about its holder, as full name, date of birth, nationality, photo.

Visa on Arrival

A visa on arrival, as its name suggests, is obtained upon arrival at the port of entry of the country that issues it. It is usually issued in the form of a stamp in one of the pages of a traveler’s passport. Some countries issue it in the form of a card or printed document.

In order to be eligible to apply for a Visa on Arrival to your destination country, you should:

  • Possess a valid passport.
  • Be entering the country for tourism or business purposes.
  • Be a national of one of the countries that fall under the VoA program.
  • Be a frequent visitor to that country.