A sticker applied to a traveler’s passport, a paper travel document, or an electronic record – visas are issued in multiple formats. If you’re planning your first international trip and need to apply for one, read on to know more. A visa is a document granted by a country that permits a visitor to pass through, or live within its borders, for a specified purpose and period of time. Fees can range from $50 to $200 and while some visas are available on arrival, application processes for some countries can take weeks or even months. To be on the safe side and increase your chances of approval, check visa requirements and make an application well in advance. Your destination’s embassy or consulate website should ideally answer all visa-related questions you may have, but here’s some information that could help:
IndiaIf you’re traveling to India for personal reasons and plan to stay no longer than 30 days, you can apply for an e-visa. If your visit is not included within the parameters of the e-visa, submit your application in person to the nearest consulate or embassy.
AustraliaPlanning a business trip or vacation to Australia that’s less than 90 days? Most U.S. passport holders can obtain an electronic label-free visa at the ETA website for a small service fee.
VietnamTourists and travelers of some nationalities need a visa in advance for all visits, some don’t. The length of stay with tourist visas is up to 30 days, and for visa-exempt nationalities, it is 15 days.
ThailandAmerican tourists traveling to Thailand for fewer than 30 days do not require a visa. If you’re a business traveler, a government employee traveling on official business, a teacher or retiree and planning to stay longer than 30 days, connect with the Royal Thai Embassy regarding visa requirements.