Information on Obtaining Visas
It is essential that you check visa requirements for your trip before you depart. While we make every effort to offer advice on visas, it is ultimately the responsibility of the traveller to arrange and research their own visas. If you do not comply with visa requirements you may be refused entry into a country and miss all or a portion of you tour. If you are refused entry into a country, it is your own responsibility and Tucan Travel will not be liable for any inconvenience or expense incurred as a result.
If you need to arrange a visa in advance, you can do so either directly with a country’s embassy, or through a visa agency. Although visa agencies are more expensive, many people choose this option for the convenience and comfort of knowing the details are being taken care of by professionals. We suggest the following companies should you choose to arrange your visas through an agency.
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Arranging Your Own Visas:
We have compiled a brief summary of visa requirements for Tucan Travel’s destinations below. This is designed as a guide only and we recommend double checking this information with embassy and consular websites to ensure you have the most up-to-date advice. While every effort is made to keep this page updated, visa regulations can change rapidly and without notice so it should not be relied upon as your sole source of information.
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Citizens of EU member countries, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days. South African citizens require a visa and should ensure they comply with visa requirements prior to travel.
Important Information for those Transiting Via the USA
The US Department of Homeland Security has issued a statement to remind travellers from all Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) countries that they are now required to obtain approval through the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) prior to travelling to the United States. This requirement, effective from January 2009, applies to all eligible citizens or nationals travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme.
The ESTA, a web-based system, determines the eligibility of a person to enter the United States prior to boarding their flight. Travellers without an approved ESTA may be denied boarding, experience delayed processing, or be denied admission at a US port of entry. To apply for the ESTA, visitors must hold an e-passport. Without one, you will have to get a visa at the embassy. Visitors to the USA, and those travelling via the USA to other destinations should apply for travel authorisation at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.
General Advice on Travel Documents and Visas
Regardless of visa requirements for specific countries, we recommend doing the following when travelling abroad to minimise difficulties at borders. The better prepared you are prior to travelling, the easier and smoother your travel experience will be.
- Carry spare passport photos when you travel for visa and entry permit applications.
- Make sure you have enough time to apply for visas before you travel. Some visas may take several weeks to obtain, so don’t leave it to the last minute.
- Check your tour dossier to see if you require a single or multi-entry visa for your destination(s)
- Photocopy and scan the photo page of your passport, visas, cards and any other important travel documents and ensure you have a paper copy and a digital copy in case you lose the originals.
- Double check all visa information on official embassy websites. Wikipedia and travel blogs are not sufficiently authoritative sources when researching country entry requirements.
- Ensure your passport is valid for a sufficient length of time after you have travelled. Many countries require your passport to be valid for at least six months beyond your travel dates, and some ask for longer.
- Check you have enough spare pages in your passport if you are applying for visas on arrival.
- Print off proof of onward travel (flight ticket) and have it with you when approaching immigration desks.
- Print off travel insurance certificate and have it with you when travelling.
- If your tour arrives into a country via a land border and you wish to apply for a visa on arrival, ensure that it is possible to apply at that border crossing. Border crossings are listed in the country dossiers on your tour dossier page.
- Print a copy of your tour itinerary, tour and hotel vouchers and have them with you when approaching immigration desks.