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A visa is an authorization granted by a territory to a foreigner, allowing him or her to enter, remain or to leave that territory. Visas include limits on the duration of the foreigner’s stay, areas within the country they may enter, the dates they may enter, the number of permitted visits or an individual’s right to work in the country we are talking about.
Visas are associated with the request for permission to enter a territory and thus are distinct from actual formal permission to enter and remain in the country. A visa is an entry permission released by an immigration official at the time of the actual entry, and can be revoked at any time.
What is e-Visa?
An e-Visa is an official document permitting entry into and travelling within the country you are traveling to. The e-Visa is an alternative to visas issued at the embassies and at the ports of entry, in countries where this is allowed. Applicants can obtain their visas electronically after entering required information and making the necessary payments via a credit or debit card (Visa, Mastercard and UnionPay are generally accepted).
What documents do I need for my e-Visa application?
Those who want to travel in any countries which use the iVisa platform must carry a passport, or a travel document as a substitute for passport, with an expiration date at least 60 days beyond the “duration of stay” of their visa, e-Visa, visa exemption, or residence permit. There is the possibility that there may be other requirements, depending on your nationality. Of course, you’ll be informed of these requirements after you select your country of residence, the travel document and travel dates.
As it is the case with the “classic” visas, authorities from the Immigration Bureau at the point of entry in the country you are travelling to can reserve their right to deny your entry, without explanations.
What are the advantages of e-Visa?
This type of visa can be obtained easily anywhere, all you need is a good internet connection. It saves time that you would have spent on visa applications at embassies or at the ports of entry into the country you are traveling to (if you are eligible).
It is recommended that you get a visa before you start your journey, so you will not face the situation of not being able to get it from the authorities when entering the country.
Who can apply for e-Visa?
Usually, e-Visa is an electronic type of visa that can be requested by most citizens of the world. You can apply for e-Visa if you meet the following conditions:
- You want to go to a country that allows access to e-Visa as a traveler
- You will stay in that country for less than 90 days
- You have a valid passport
Citizens of the countries listed below are eligible for the e-Visas, provided that they meet required criteria: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Barbuda, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Congo, Republic of the Congo, The Democratic Republic of The Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Greek Cypriot Administration of Southern Cyprus, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Togo, United States of America, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
What documents do I need to get e-Visa?
If you want to apply for a e-Visa in order to go to one of the countries we listed above, you’ll need:
- A valid passport, valid for at least 60 days from when you arrive in your destination country
- A digital copy of your passport and a passport photo (should have white background with your head and shoulders centered on the camera. These should not be any reflections, shadows and glares in the pictures; but most important, you can’t appear smiling or frowning)
- A valid e-mail address
- A credit or debit card so you can make your payment
The immigration officers may ask you to present additional documents. You should have a proof of return flights, proof of accommodation (for example the hotel reservation) and a copy of your ID card.
Other details about getting the e-Visa
You should know that the process of obtaining the visa is entirely online. It can be done in just three simple steps and it should take as little as 15 minutes. You’ll have to pay some fees in order to obtain the visa and their value depends on what processing time you require.
- Standard processing – it takes 10 business days
- Urgent processing – it takes 6 business days
- Super Urgent Processing – it takes 4 business days, the most expensive of all three
After paying your visa, you’ll get a link. The link to download your e-Visa is given on the final step, where you’ll be informed that your application has been successfully solved. In addition, the same link to download your e-Visa will be emailed to you. Passport control officers at ports of entry can verify your e-Visa on their system. However, you are advised to keep your e-Visa with you either as a soft copy (tablet PC, smartphone, etc.) or as a hard copy in case of any failure on their system.
This type of visa was introduced to encourage people to travel more. With e-Visa, citizens around the world will be able to experience other countries, exchange experiences and create a multi-cultured world.