One Visa For Multiple Countries (It’s Not Just Schengen!)

One Visa For Multiple Countries (It’s Not Just Schengen!)

By | 2019-11-04T14:30:49+00:00 November 4th, 2019|Tips|

We all know it is important to travel – you discover new cultures, meet new people, learn about different lifestyles from your own. You discover that there is so much more to the world than your little corner of it. However, although reading a motivational piece of writing on the importance of traveling can inspire most people, for many of us, traveling to far-off countries is not as easy as grabbing your passport and being on the go.

Let’s assume for a minute that money is not an issue – there’s still the issue of your passport. Or more specifically, the issue of just how many countries can you really visit without having to obtain a visa?

If you’re lucky enough to have a passport that allows you to freely visit dozens of countries, then you are one of the lucky ones. However, for many others, visiting a foreign country often includes the tedious process of obtaining a visa beforehand.

Luckily, many foreign countries offer visas that you can use to visit multiple other countries: multiple-country visas, in other words.

This article will list a few of the visas you can use to visit multiple countries, making it easier for you to roam the planet!

The Schengen Visa

Naturally, the first on this list is the Schengen Visa.

The Schengen Agreement includes 26 European countries which have abolished visa requirements and border control checks. As such, if you obtain a Schengen visa, you can travel between all the countries included in the Schengen Agreement.

However, many other non-EU countries have also entrusted the Schengen visa screening and will allow you entrance if you have a valid Schengen visa (ie. you still have valid days and entries left on your visa). The non-EU countries you can visit with a Schengen visa include:

AlbaniaAntigua and BarbudaBelarusBosnia and HerzegovinaBulgaria
ColombiaCroatiaCyprusGeorgiaGibraltar
KosovoMexicoMontenegroNorth MacedoniaRomania
Sao Tome and PrincipeSerbiaTurkey

 

The USA Visa

The United States of America has one of the strongest passports in the world – and apparently, one of the strongest visas as well. If you have a valid US Tourist Visa, then you can also visit the following countries for short-term stays:

AlbaniaAntigua and Barbuda*Bermuda (British Territory)Bosnia and HerzegovinaBritish Virgin Islands (British Territory)
Costa RicaCubaDominican RepublicGeorgiaMacedonia
MexicoMontenegroPanamaQatar (eligible for eVisa or Visa on Arrival)São Tomé and Príncipe
SerbiaSouth KoreaTurks and Caicos (British Territory)

 

*Visa exemption does not apply if you have a passport issued by Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameron, Cuba, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Uzbekistan or Yemen.

If you have a US Green Card, then you can visit the following countries/territories without a visa:

  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Bonaire (Kingdom of the Netherlands)
  • Canada (eligible for eTA)
  • Cayman Islands (British Territory)
  • Sint Maarten

Visa exemptions for Indian and Chinese passport holders

If you have an Indian passport, you can also visit the following countries with a US Tourist Visa:

ArgentinaArubaBahamasChileColombia
CuraçaoEl SalvadorGuatemalaHondurasMalaysia
Nicaragua (eligible for Visa On Arrival)OmanPeruPhilippinesSingapore
Sint MaartenTaiwanTurkeyUAE (eligible for Visa On Arrival)

 

If you have a Chinese passport, you can also visit the following countries with a US visa:

ArgentinaArubaChileColombiaCuraçao
PeruPhilippinesSingaporeSint Maarten

 

The Canada Visa

Having a Canadian Visa not only allows you to visit Canada but also several other countries:

Antigua and BarbudaCosta RicaCubaDominican RepublicGeorgia
MacedoniaMexicoPanamaQatar (eligible for eVisa or Visa on Arrival)South Korea*

*Except for passport holders of Afghanistan, Cuba, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Kosovo, Macedonia, Nigeria, Palestine, Sudan, Syria and Yemen

If you have a Canada Residence Permit, you can also visit the following countries without a visa:

  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Curaçao
  • Sint Maarten

Visa exemptions for Indian and Chinese passport holders

If you have an Indian passport, you can also visit the following countries with a Canada Visa:

El SalvadorGuatemalaHondurasBahamasSingapore
Sint MaartenPeruOmanPhilippinesTaiwan

If you have a Chinese passport, you can also visit the following countries with a Canada Visa:

  • Aruba
  • Curaçao
  • Sint Maarten
  • Chile
  • Peru
  • Oman
  • Philippines

The UK Visa

The United Kingdom consists of four countries: England, Scotland, and Wales and Northern Ireland. As such, if you obtain a UK visa, you can visit all four of those countries. However, in addition to them, a UK visa also allows the holder to travel to several other countries not in the UK.

The countries you can visit if you have a valid UK visa are:

AlbaniaAntigua and BarbudaArubaBelizeBermuda
BonaireBosnia and HerzegovinaThe British Virgin IslandsCosta RicaCuba
Dominican RepublicGeorgiaMacedoniaMexicoMontenegro
PanamaQatarRomaniaSerbiaSint Maarten

 

Visa exemptions for Indian and Chinese passport holders

If you have an Indian passport, you may also enter the following countries with a UK visa:

If you have a Chinese passport, you can also enter the following countries with a UK visa:

What about Ireland?

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are two different countries, despite the name. While a UK visa allows you to freely enter Northern Ireland, you need a separate visa for the Republic of Ireland. However, you do not need a visa for Ireland if you already have a UK visa and you are from one of the following countries:

BahrainBelarusBosnia and HerzegovinaIndia
KazakhstanKuwaitMontenegroOman
The People’s Republic of ChinaQatarRussian FederationSaudi Arabia
SerbiaThailandTurkeyUkraine
United Arab EmiratesUzbekistan

For more, see: British-Irish Visa Scheme

The Central American Single Visa

The Central American Single Visa, which is also known as the Visa Unica Centroamericana, allows the holder to travel between four Central American countries: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua.  The visa is valid for up to 90 days.

The East African Tourist Visa

Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda have launched a joint tourist visa in an effort to facilitate tourism between the countries. You can use the East African Tourist Visa to visit all three countries for up to 90 days. However, the visa is single-entry and will be invalid once you exit.

The KAZA Univisa

The KAZA Univisa allows the holder to travel between Zambia and Zimbabwe for up to 30 days.

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