At Untamed Borders we recommend applying for visas with a professional visa service who can guide you though the process and take care of lodging and collecting your passport with multiple embassies, so we have teamed up with The Visa Machine. They live and breathe visas and have the expertise to provide current and accurate information and arrange the correct visas for your trip, quickly and at a good price.
In many countries, without a visa you'll simply be turned away at the border or at check-in for your flight. The cheapest way to get a visa is to deal directly with the embassy of the country you need a visa for. However this can be a confusing and complicated process, with obscure questions on application forms, limited help from embassy officials, long waits while your passport is being processed and time consuming trips to embassies. The Visa Machine handle every aspect of your visa application, leaving you time to enjoy planning the rest of your trip.
An increasing number of countries are introducing eVisas, usually if the country doesn’t have many embassies around the world! eVisas are issued electronically and normally you need to print the eVisa out and bring it with you when you travel. Some eVisas don’t need to be printed out, such as the Canadian ETA, as it will show up when airline/immigration staff scan your passport.
Then you have what we call ‘old school visas’, which are physically put into your passport. Sometimes they’ll be a piece of paper, similar to an eVisa, that the embassy gives you along with your passport. More often, they’re stickers which are stuck onto a page in your passport and cannot (and should not!) be removed. You will have to send us your passport for this kind of visa, which the embassy holds onto while they process your application.
Regardless of what visa you get, it’s important to have at least 2-3 blank pages in your passport (depending on which country you’re going to) so that there’s space for immigration staff to stamp your passport when you enter and depart the country.
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