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.
Letters of invitation (LOIs) are documents issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an agency, company or national of that particular country inviting you to visit the country for a period of time.
Some countries have more relaxed rules about the LOIs than others. For instance, Turkmenistan LOIs must be issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) while the ones for China can be written by a travel agency or even your friend if they live in China.
In the cases where it’s the MFA issuing the LOI, the application process may take weeks, so it’s recommended to check the requirements well in advance of your trip.
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