All 24 Countries that offer e-Visas: the Ultimate Guide

Dateline: Wroclaw, Poland

It’s been four years since I wrote one of our most popular articles on which countries offer dual citizenship. Since then, we’ve updated the article and added new countries.

However, one thing remains the same: even with dual citizenship and the ability to travel on multiple passports, there are still countries that require you to have a visa. Some countries simply require visas from many travelers.

Sometimes, these visa requirements are out of reciprocity (ie: Brazilian citizens need a visa to visit the United States, so Brazil will make US citizens go through hell to get a Brazilian visa). Other times, they are merely an indication that the country is difficult. Other times still, it is merely out of desire to collect a fee.

The good news is that more countries are liberalizing their visa rules to allow more people, including many “Tier B” passport citizens, to travel to more countries. One of the first steps along this easing of visa-free travel is often an e-visa.

Many countries realize that staffing embassies around the world to handle visa applications from tourists is a waste. More importantly, they realize it’s costing them tourist dollars. The average US citizen might love to visit the Taj Mahal, but if means waiting in a visa queue at some ugly embassy or simply boarding a flight for somewhere more friendly, they’ll choose the latter.

As a result, an increasing number of countries offer e-visas, which allow tourists to apply for a visa online without ever speaking with a consular officer. It’s all done remotely.

In many cases, the e-visa process is simple or even a total joke. Countries like Cambodia offer so many visa on arrival and e-visa options that it’s become clear they basically just want the $40 fee.

Other countries, however, still impose some sort of requirements ranging from something silly like booking a tour to apply online, to merely moving the entire web of bureaucracy onto the internet but without much improvement.

Seeing that I have expressed interest in using my “Tier A” United States passport as little as possible in the next year, the idea of getting e-visas interested me.

E-visa countries for tourists

Before we dive in, note that I excluded countries with web-based visa applications that still require sending stacks of paperwork in, or that are reviewed by a consular officer. Sure, Australia offers an e600 online visa application similar to those offered by Canada, the UK, and Ireland, but these are merely the beginning of the same grueling process of going to an embassy. Actually, I think I’d prefer to go to the embassy than deal with those applications.

In addition, I excluded “pre-approval” confirmations like ESTA in the United States and ETA in Australia, which are not visa applications per se, even if they feel like as much work as some e-visas.

So here is a list of real e-visa countries, as well as my personal feedback on those I have used.

Armenia

While most western citizens can visit Armenia without a visa for a full 180 days (second only to nearby Georgia’s 360 days), some countries including Canada need a visa on arrival or e-visa. When presented with the option, I prefer the e-visa just in case, as sometimes smaller countries’ immigration officers will pretend you don’t qualify for a visa on arrival. As someone who applied for a real visa to Armenia in my “Tier C” passport, I don’t recommend the consular process, but I hear the e-visa option is easier. You can visit the website here.

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan requires visas from just about everyone, save for nine countries that get visa-free access and another thirteen Asian and Gulf countries that get visa on arrival. Everyone else needs to apply before arrival, and for years Azerbaijan’s e-visa process wasn’t easy. I tried it once and gave up. However, as of 2017, they have made the visa process much easier. Now, tourists may easily apply through various tour operators so long as they book some type of tour, such as a Baku day tour or their hotel stay through the e-visa portal.

Bahrain

Bahrain has substantially eased its visa policy, being one of the more liberal Gulf states toward westerners. Their e-visa program used to be open to only 38 nationalities, but was recently expanded to a more substantial 114. While most “Tier A” passports can obtain a visa on arrival or an e-visa, while a smattering of African and poorer Asian countries must go the e-visa route. That said, the e-visa process requires you to upload multiple forms and isn’t so straightforwar. Their friendly-looking website is here, and currently touts with pride: “Macau has been added!”.

Cambodia

I’ve received several Cambodia e-visas, and the process is about as easy as it gets. The hardest part is having a passport photo on hand to scan and upload (which is why I keep about ten passport photos on me at any given time). Once you have that, the form filling takes all of five minutes, and approval is almost instantaneous. Cambodia has raised its e-visa fee over the years, always adding another $2 here or $5 there, but the total fee now should not exceed $40. While many western citizens such as Americans can obtain a visa on arrival, the immigration authority can’t seem to give a straight answer as to who qualifies. You can visit the official website here.

Cote d’Ivoire

The long-troubled west African country formerly known as Ivory Coast has its own online visa process. Do I know how it works? Heck no; I don’t spend a lot of time in Africa, and Cote d’Ivore is not on my “trending African countries” list. It actually took me awhile to find the programs website, which is based in French but also in English. It appears that, at the time of this writing, the government is not even able to accept payments for e-visas, but does list instructions on their website here. Sadly, unless you’re from one of 21 African countries or are stateless, you’ll need a visa, and I doubt the nearest embassy is any easier.

Gabon

The African nation of Gabon makes things a bit more straightforward, even if it allows a grand total of four nationalities to visit without a visa (in case you were wondering, they are Mauritius, Morocco, Tunisia, and South Africa… so you probably want to keep reading). Gabon actually gives you the option to select a single entry or double entry visa, and to determine how long you want to stay. From experience, it’s generally easier and cheaper to select the most conservative visa you need. The process seems straightforward, although you do need to upload some documents on the website here.

Georgia

Georgia is one of the most open countries in the world, perhaps second to only Ecuador. Even countries that face a lot of problems traveling, such as Thailand, have easy access. If you aren’t from the laundry list of countries that gets a one-year stamp upon arrival, you’ll need to go through the easy e-visa process. Nationals of a few countries – Cuba, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, and a number of Caribbean islands – can apply for 90 days, while all others – such as Chinese and Indians – can apply for 30 days. I live in Georgia so can’t comment much on the process, but if it’s like anything else the government does, it should be very efficient. The website is here.

India

India was smart to introduce the e-visa program a few years back, and to open it up to everyone more recently. The problem is that getting an Indian e-visa represents everything you might expect: bureaucracy, ineptitude, and inefficiency. The first time I applied online, my application was accepted and the only step left was to pay. However, the e-visa website makes the odd choice to give you TWO payment options (as if you care which Indian bank processes your payment), and the bank I chose happened to be out of commission for some time. That meant that my application was lost and I had to start over again. The Indian visa process is rather intense and involves a lot of questions as well as a few uploads, so plan to spend an hour or two really focusing on it. The confusing website in question is here.

Kenya

Kenya conjures up images of African safaris, but Kenya is quickly working to make itself the financial hub of east Africa, with everything from co-working spaces to venture funds opening. Kenya offers 90-day visa-free access to nationals of 43 countries, only two of which are western: Cyprus and San Marino. (Singaporeans get visa-free access, too.) So unless you want to invest a few million euros to get Cyprus economic citizenship, you’ll need an e-visa. Most Tier A and Tier B passports can easily apply online, as can Chinese and Indian citizens. The process takes two days and costs $51, at which time you have three months to get yourself to Nairobi airport. Details are here.

Kuwait

My experience visiting Kuwait involved getting a visa on arrival, which seemed easiest as a US citizen (which get special treatment), but is available to a growing number of countries in Europe and even Georgia. The process is straightforward, although requires you to answer a number of questions. The fee is about $10 upon arrival. Unfortunately, the biggest limitation is that Kuwait’s e-visa is only available to a limited number of countries. Details on the website here.

Malaysia

Malaysia is one of the world’s easiest countries to visit; 63 countries’ citizens get 90-day visa-free, another 97 countries receive 30-day visa-free travel, and two countries receive 14 days without a visa. Combine that with Malaysia’s easy visa run policy and it is one of the easiest countries to visit as a tourist. However, there are still ten countries which require an e-visa: Bhutan, Bangladesh, China, India, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Serbia, and Sri Lanka. (I have no idea what Serbia and Montenegro did to irritate Malaysia’s immigration officials.) A thirty-day e-visa may be applied for online provided the applicant is outside of Malaysia and Singapore, a status they do seem to check diligently. The visa is good for three months from date of issue but the thirty-day stay only applies to single-entry visas; multiple entry visas offer only 14 days in Malaysia.

Moldova

Since 2007, citizens of 69 countries including every single European country, as well as most other western countries, can enjoy Moldova visa-free for 90 days. The challenge for those who don’t get visa-free access is that the e-visa process is rather limited, being available only to citizens of most Central and South American countries. Everyone else needs an invitation letter which involves more than the typical online visa process. The government website is here.

Myanmar

I recently applied for a Myanmar e-visa on their website and was surprised by the progress they have made from just a few years ago. When I lived in Malaysia, the online visa process involved hiring someone (usually an inefficient and unhelpful tourist operator) to obtain the visa for you. There was also a lot of confusion among airport gate agents about who needed what visa or invitation letter. Now, the process has been streamlined and costs about $55 for just about any nationality to apply. The government website is here.

Rwanda

Rwanda is also on my list of African countries to watch, which makes sense since countries with friendly visa policies are generally friendly to foreign investors. While only nine countries (including Singapore again) can visit visa-free, citizens of the most well-known western countries like the United States can obtain a $30 visa on arrival. Everyone else needs an online visa. The website is a bit dated, but the process is straightforward enough and can be found here.

Sao Tome and Principe

The tiny Atlantic Ocean nation of Sao Tome and Principe naturally doesn’t have many embassies, so it makes sense that they take visa applications online. US, Canadian, Brazilian, and seemingly randomly selected European country citizens don’t need a visa at all, but everyone else needs an e-visa. Either way, you will need a yellow fever certificate upon arrival. E-visas must be used within 30 days after issue, and the only option is to apply for a 30 day tourist or business visa. In addition to any online fees, there is a stamping fee of 20 or 30 euros at the airport.

Singapore

I love Singapore as one of the most efficient places on earth, but their online visa application was surprisingly confusing. Singapore’s visa policy is a bit odd; citizens of countries like Comoros can visit easily, yet a number of Tier B countries require visas. Singapore’s e-visa program is a sort of hybrid of a third party that provides an invitation and a government portal for applying online. Expect to pay about $100 for a single-entry that gives you 30 days in the country. The government immigration website lists details here, but you have to dig to find them among other visa policies such as those for would-be immigrants.

St. Kitts and Nevis

As a country that derives income from its economic citizenship program and tourism, St. Kitts is a pretty open place to visit. Even Indians, who generally have a hard time traveling, can show up without an advance visa. For the southeast Asians, central Asians, and Africans who need a visa, the process is all done online. Most Caribbean countries have about six embassies, so there is little other way to handle the process and it’s really more of an online visa application than a standard e-visa. Still, the process seems easy and can be found here.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s government websites give me privacy errors, so I can’t say much about this program, other than it appears that citizens of all countries other than Sri Lanka require an ETA (similar, perhaps, to what is required by the US of western citizens) to visit. With the exception of a few war-torn and African countries, most everyone is eligible to visit for 30 days with one of these, obtainable online if you can figure it out.

Turkey

Turkey has a very interesting visa policy that is actually more confusing than the European Union’s. To Turkey’s credit, they have been rolling out visa-free travel to more countries, such as Germany, as of late, but many western citizens still need an e-visa to get in. When I first visited in 2012, there was no e-visa process but you could instead obtain a visa on arrival by standing in line and paying $20 in US dollars. Now, most westerners have the option. The Turkey e-visa process is astonishingly easy and costs a mere $20 plus a small bank fee. If you carry certain “Tier C” passports, you can only get an e-visa if you meet certain criteria such as arriving on a Turkish airline, so make sure to check. The official website is here.

United Arab Emirates

The UAE has started offering visa on arrival status to more citizens, but most non-western foreigners still need a visa. Fortunately, the country offers an e-visa process to all nationalities. Getting the e-visa itself is pretty easy, and allows for payment via any number of options through channelers. Expect to pay about $100 for a basic tourist visa, although you’ll have the option to upgrade to longer stay visas (up to 90 days) or add multiple entries.

Uganda

Uganda’s e-visa process is built in the same way as Gabon’s, and the e-visa process is replacing the formerly available visa on arrival process. Good for them for deciding that a website could do a better job than inefficient government workers selling visas at the airport. The online process is simple and costs $50, but as this is sub-Saharan Africa, you are required to upload a yellow fever vaccination certificate along with your passport data page and a passport photo. All nationalities may apply online, unless you’re lucky enough to be from Cyprus or Singapore, or have Comoros economic citizenship, in which case you only need turn up (yellow fever rules still apply). The government website is here.

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan greatly opened itself to tourism with the introduction of two new visa regimes on July 15, 2018. Previously, the country was mostly only open to citizens of eastern European countries like Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Russia, and Turkey. A new e-visa program now allows citizens of most western countries – including the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia – to visit Uzbekistan for up to thirty days with a single-entry e-visa that costs $20. The visa must be applied for at least three days before travel, and is open to nationals of 52 countries. Citizens of an additional 102 countries are eligible for a five-day transit visa on arrival (similar to the former policy of Belarus), provided they have an onward ticket. That means most travelers can now enter Uzbekistan without getting a visa at the embassy, and even five days in the country should be enough to get a taste of cities like Tashkent and Samarkand.

Zambia

Zambia is one of the more open countries in Africa, but their visa policy is still somewhat restrictive. Some westerners, such as Irish and Maltese, can merely show up, but most of us require a visa on arrival. Visa on arrival is available to 95 countries, and e-visa is available to all of those plus the remaining Tier C countries. While Zambia is on my list of trending African markets to invest in, I haven’t been there yet but the e-visa website seems friendly and is located here.

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe, the place many Zambians have left, has one of the best-looking websites. However, not everyone may apply for an e-visa. In addition to the forty-some nationalities that can arrive visa-free, another 90 countries may apply for an e-visa, but often with conditions. For example, Chinese citizens must arrive as part of a tour group. All of the details are here.

Do you have an experience with any of these e-visa programs? Leave a comment below and let us know your experience.

The good news is that those of us seeking Tier B second passports through economic citizenship or other means have an increasing number of options for traveling without hassle.

Andrew Henderson
Last updated: Jul 15, 2020 at 8:07AM

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80 Comments

  1. Doris

    I used an e-visa to Turkey and it was perfect not complicated at all. Looking forward to try Singapore

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    • EnnyMatts

      Hi Doris, what nationality are you ?? Do they require addition documents when i arrived the airport ?? Do they verify your permit??. I wish to try them..

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      • sobia afzal

        it’s very easy to apply im pakistan national n living in britian n i got Turkish e-visa was easy n yeah they do check it than they will let u go.

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    • chijioke

      How can we apply from Russia with Fan ID status. I want to travel to Dubai. Am originally from Nigeria

      Reply
  2. Raymond Osei

    I’m a Ghanaian but now I’m at Turkey can I get e visa to Greece

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    • ERNEST

      hi Raymond, am Nyarko, a ghanaian also, i would like to visit Turkey. Can you please send me your email i.d through mine for us to talk, [email protected]

      Reply
  3. TriumphantHero

    Have you noticed one thing, most of the e-visa countries are the developing/third world countries with the notable exception of Singapore.

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  4. hasib

    Had a seamless entry in Sri Lanka (Im Indian passport holder) with their evisa

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  5. Maxcel

    I would love to visit turkey with and e- visa

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  6. md roni khan

    im bangladeshi,,,can i go to turkey by evisa?

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    • Cynthia Hodder

      Yes

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  7. Richmond Poku adwini

    Can I get ur email address n contact details for business talks. Thank you

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  8. Muhammad Ashfaq Bhatti

    Last week I get my Combodia e-visa it’s fast and reliable regards

    Reply
  9. Shazia Khan

    Want to know about USA visit visa policy

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    • Moses

      Hello Tosin, Nigerian nationals are not eligible for turkish e- visa. You are to forward your visa application documents to their embassy in Abuja with 250 dollars application fees.

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      • John

        Nigerians are eligible to apply for Turkey evisa but with supporting documents

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      • Prince

        You can gain entry to Turkey with Evisa only if you have USA VISA OR IRELAND VISA OR SCHENGEN VISA OR RESIDENCE PERMIT IN SCHENGEN REGION .

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  10. benjamin

    I am a Nigerian , i want to travel to Georgia but Nigerians are granted the privilege. How can you be of help obtaining the visa.

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    • Jon Paul

      eVisa available for Nigerian citizen if they hold of a valid Schengen visa or a valid visa from any of the OECD member countries; or a valid residence permit of a Schengen or OECD country

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    • ADE

      Hi Benjamin, you need to apply online for Goergia e-VISA and get ready your visa or mastercard for the visa fee and also your passport photo scanned.

      Reply
  11. Loch

    Hi,

    I am a digital nomad, I have about 5 pages left in my passport, and over 6 years left in validity, haha.

    Am i right in assuming that with the E-visa, they will not stamp or label your passport page? I know this is true of Vietnam, as it did state that on their website.

    Thank you.

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  12. Mohammed

    Awesome article; I think you did not include Vietnam; their process is simple for some Countries but expensive for Ghanaians and Nigerians; I would want what documents are required for applying Georgia evisa as a Ghanaian

    Reply
  13. Lhakpa

    Do any of EU provide such facilities? Like france. Does it provide any facility like ESTA or E-VISA

    Reply
  14. femmysky

    Hello which country can nigeria holding a Lesotho passport apply for and how can you be of help ?

    Reply
  15. Gozie

    Hi, I want to enter St Kits & Nives for employment purpose, but I don’t have any body their to serve as my host.How do I go about it please, possiblly link me up with a kind hearted being. Thanks

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    • law

      You can enter and lodge in the hotel for a while before you start meeting with people. How did you get the employment, I am also looking for nurse job down there

      Reply
  16. Arshad.

    I am in turkey on e visa with Pakistani passport and it’s perfect I love it

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    • Shahzad

      Mr Arshad Did they ask you valid Schengen visa or Usa ? You are pakistani National to get E visa need to prov valid visa of schengen.

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    • Muhammad Farooq

      How you done it bro

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  17. TANANI YOUNESS

    Great post,
    But I didn’t understand how Georgia works, they give one year stamp for who?
    I checked for Morocco even evisa is not available?

    Reply
  18. Ellen H

    Hi I did e-visa to cambodia. No frill at all, am a PR of Brunei. Not citizen of any country. Holding a C.I issued by Brunei immigration. Works well as long as has all the hotel and itinerary being submitted. I would think any country should just let us (PR of Brunei) in as long as we are able to prove our paid hotel, a valid itinerary with a return ticket; as long as not going to be stray.

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  19. Enoch

    I am looking for an agency that can work me securing visas for my numerous clients, I live in Ghana.
    Whatsapp :+233242277302

    Reply
  20. Lifted

    Hello, I am Lifted from Nigeria, please do you have any idea of how to secure e-visa to Palau as a tourist?

    Reply
  21. Hasan Kahlout

    Hi

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  22. paco

    How can I get a Wankandain e-visa?

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    • Anastasia Ellis

      haha

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  23. Tellie Seford

    I applied for an e-Visa for Vietnam recently as a U.S. citizen. It cost only $6 (an additional $25 will be paid at the airport upon arrival), took merely minutes to fill out the form online, and the approval letter was sent by email in less than 72 hours. It was so easy!

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  24. Amojo

    Thanks, good article, kindly let me know any country that Nigerian can obtain Evisa

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    • Alade

      Nigerians can obtain e-visa to Zimbabwe and UAE

      Reply
  25. Kamara

    Ethiopia started evisa on June 1st, 2018.

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    • Oderinlo Babatope

      Please can I travel to Israel with cable visa ?

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  26. usigbe Amos

    Is possible for a Nigeria to get an e-visa to Canada

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  27. Nelly

    Please I need help so I won’t fall into the wrong hands . Can Nigeria get electonic visa to Finland , Qatar, Georgia, Russia, and Estonia thanks.

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  28. kemi

    Antigua offers E-visas to all. Depending on your country, you might be able to do visa on arrival

    Reply
  29. Elvis Ugowe

    I am Elvis from Nigeria, can I use E-visa to apply for Russia and Estonia

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    • Giwa Russia

      No you can’t , as a Nigerian citizen you need visa stamp passport to enter russia through Russia Embassy Abuja either by visit visa , business , tourist or study visa ….

      Reply
  30. PeterTaradash

    INDIA’S SECRET WAR TO DISCOURAGE TOURISTS CONTINUES, E-VISA MADNESS V-4

    March 2018

    In the past three years, we have been flying to Asia – missing out on 6 cruises we would have taken but passed up, only because they had port stops in India. Even if you didn’t plan to disembark & get off the boat, most cruise lines going from Europe to Asia or vice versa insist you need a visa just to be in “India’s Waters.”

    Then as of this year we heard that India has introduced a new enlightened policy to issue visas online. They still won’t offer cruise passengers free visas on arrival, like every other port-stop does, but now India the advertised simplified visa procedure. One can supposedly get visas100% online. This caused us to sign up after 3 years of forgoing cruises to Asia, that had even one port stop in India. Because of many bad experiences, we decided we would not disembark during the next port stop in 2018.

    Then we learned that even with this new policy,

    INDIA’S SECRET WAR TO DISCOURAGE TOURISTS CONTINUES UNABATED.

    First, there is no “free visa” even if you don’t get off the ship. The price is $50 to $75 or more — depending upon your passport. But this unwarranted visa fee was by far not the worst of it. The online application site proved to be the most formidable, unfriendly site on the net. You start out by going to the official government visa site . You then check “e-visa” and you get an encouraging, understandable message asking you to download a visa application form. That’s when the Byzantine nonsense starts:

    Instructions say you can only file within a certain time frame, and from the country where you have lived for at least the last 2 years. Neither the time frame nor the country fits my situation and needs. So I soldiered on, ignoring these requirements.

    We selected the port of arrival from the list, but the app form then disappears from our screen with no explanation. After a few hours of trying we replaced the port we expected to arrive at with the nearest airport to the port. Then, hoping that having an airport instead of the correct seaport would be accepted upon arrival, at least page 1 was accepted. We then received a 15 digit “Temporary Return to delayed application ID number.” This was supposed to get us back to our partially filled out application form. But did it? NO! It took of experimentation to figure out that prepared the form managed to use letters that looked like numbers and numbers that looked like letters. And so, 0ll turned out to be O11. Experimenting with different numbers and letters to get the form back on screen took a few hours, during which we got at least 5 messages: “Session expired.”

    The date of embarkation and arrival seems to be calculated for airplanes, not boats, so a long delay between trip departure and arrival in India causes the form to disappear (again!) without further explanation. A lot of experimentation on how to outsmart the form processing software results in getting to the next page after the ID number to restore the incomplete app fails several times.

    The ID number to get back to your original pending application kept changing — always with the number or letter I, confused with 1, and/or the same problem with Zero and the letter “O.”

    Then came the confusing questions:

    What is your residence address? O.K. This was not hard to answer until you read the attached requirement that you must say you have “lived at your present address for at least two years prior to the application.” If applying from a vacation destination, you are forced to lie.

    Were any of your grandparents ever in the area now known as Pakistan? In my case, my grandparents have been dead (before I was born) about 180 years ago. How the heck would I know where they were a couple centuries ago? So I just put “No.” But I don’t like being asked questions that I can’t possibly know the answer to. You are forced to lie.

    What is your religion? Why do they need me to put that private info on a semi-public site (as all email is! Why do they have to know the religion of a guy who is going to be in “Indian Waters” for a few hours, without disembarking on land –? Did that question mean if I answered wrong, I would be denied a visa and lose my non-refundable cruise boat fare? My religion “Agnostic” was not among the few choices given, and so I chose a religion I knew was common in India. I don’t like to be forced to lie, but there was again, no choice to insert “other.”. What if I was a “Jedi Knight” as a third of all Australians claim to be when asked their religion? You are forced to lie.

    Where were your parents born? What is their citizenship? What was their prior citizenship? I knew the answers, but as both my parents died during my childhood, maybe people like me would not know. But leaving an answer blank meant you would lose the form again and might not be able to get it back. I had to start over several times because of this. the only answer is to make something up on the spur of the moment. Don’t like lying? The Indian visa app forces you to lie.

    Were you ever in India before? Give dates, visa numbers, etc.? If I had a port stop many years ago, where would I get that old visa data? It might be in an old passport long since lost or destroyed. If I visited India seventy years ago as a serviceman– when I did not need a visa, and I answered ‘yes I visited’ (but couldn’t fill in the blanks with the visa dates and numbers) the application again shuts down for lack of old visa numbers. Unfriendly site? You are forced to lie or give up…

    Then you get to the document downloads: Picture & Passport?. Another long day of frustration. Anywhere else you are asked to download pictures, you simply do it. The recipient’s software takes care of resizing or getting it into the form they need, Not India. Your photo download has to be 2” X 2” a certain number of kilobytes, 350 X 350 Pixels and in JPG format. It takes a good knowledge and a paid download of photoshop to be able to take the photo and download it to the point where it is not rejected by India – as mine was a dozen times. I finally hired a technician to get my photo to the exact specs required. Then came the next required document, a photo of the passport. This time more new pixel requirements and surprise, surprise? It must be in a different format from your photo. Not JPG but PDF. Uploading the needed foto/documents in the “required format,” was an all-day task needing downloaded apps like Acrobat and outside technical support…

    Give two references in India? Leave it blank and application disappears again. Where do you get 2 references? We put in the name of 2 travel agents we got off the internet –in the port city., These were accepted. You are forced to lie.

    Supply the airport and relative notification details to which you will be flown if you get a serious medical problem or otherwise. If you put in someone at the final seaport of the cruise, your application is again rejected and the page goes blank. The name and an airport to be in your country of citizenship, even if it is on the other side of the world from where you live, expect to arrive or have friends & relatives waiting. You are forced to lie.

    Then came time to pay with Visa, MC or pay-pal. Normally that is easy, but the Visa App asks you to choose a method of payment: SBI or AXIS? What’s that? Another hour of research. SBI = State Bank of India, I still don’t know what Axis is. But I checked SBI and payment finally accepted. Whew. Only 3 days wasted on filling out their form.

    Then a completed app (with you supplied) comes up on screen with a warning that if any information is found to be incorrect, the applicant may face criminal charges in India. you are warned that you have only completed an application, and upon arrival in you will need an additional “approval” paper which is promised within 72 hours. You get another secret ID Number (the fifth in my case) to use to access this letter. At it came!

    Upon arrival at the seaport in India, old partially disabled people like me are obliged to stand up in a long line aboard ship for up to two hours waiting for the huge battery of Indian officials to “check papers” by passing them around to other officials.

    Upon disembarkation, people with E-visas were shunted into a separate processing area where they are made to wait again (in one case we heard of – for three hours in a hot steamy, uncomfortable room) only to be interrogated prior to getting a visa stamp in their passports.

    Observation: The typical Indian Bureaucrat seems to get his kicks by delaying people and causing problems. Israel, with far greater security concerns gives everyone a free visa upon arrival without any formalities. At the port there is ONE attractive woman official who simply looks you over, doesn’t bother with any papers, smiles, and says “Welcome To Israel.”

    What’s the bottom line?

    1. INDIA’S SECRET WAR TO DISCOURAGE TOURISTS CONTINUES UNABATED.

    2. The only clear path seems to be:

    NEVER BOOK A CRUISE WITH ANY PORT STOPS IN INDIA

    UNLESS YOU WANT ENDLESS FRUSTRATION!

    3. To Cruise Ship Lines- Never schedule any port stops in India unless

    you want many unhappy cruisers.

    Prequel: 2014

    INDIA’S SECRET WAR TO DISCOURAGE TOURISTS (V-3)

    Only 6.5 million tourists visited India in 2012, despite the country’s vast size, huge population & amazing attractions. In comparison, tiny Dubai alone hosted more than 5.5 million tourists in the first half of 2012.

    Currently, as of 2014, tourists are forced to apply many weeks in advance in person at an inefficient Indian visa processing or (if lucky!) a Consulate. Either way, potential visitors to India face an extremely user unfriendly bureaucratic process. Putting it mildly: “Byzantine and daunting.” Many applications & passports are lost. Personal or phone contacts with a human beings are nearly impossible to achieve. “Press one for this, press 9 for that, then press 3 for bad recorded advice and disconnect, 4 for an hour of music at great expense. Expect frustration. Never expect to get helpful answers or any connection to a real human being.”

    Long waiting lines at consulate or processing centers may require arrival. Unless you have good luck, at , after a long day of standing on the sidewalk sub-zero temperatures, the applicant is “Come back tomorrow.” There is no space for applicants to sit comfortably in a heated processing facility. Not exactly a pleasing prospect for a wealthy potential tourist who may well need to stand all day in block long lines, waiting at a “processing center” after a several hundred long from home.

    At the Fodor.com Blog about India, there are many horror stories: Visa applicants receiving passports of other people; lost applications and documentation; delays up to 7 months!

    Many people can’t give up their passports for more than a day. Most other consulates accept visa applications in the morning and passports are given visas immediately over the or returned later the same day. Not India! The minimum processing time seems to be 2 weeks. Delays, refusals, or lost documents are apparently the rule, not the exception. Then too, only “online applications and downloaded online photos are accepted.” Does it not occur the that not every potential tourist is technically do deal with a very unfriendly website or equipped to scan & download color photos with very detailed technical requirements? It took our techie son two days to achieve & file an acceptable online visa application. He had to answer questions about names and birthplaces and great grandparents who have been dead for over 100 years. But then you needed to go a Consulate for further maddening “processing.”

    No credit cards, certified checks nor any form of payment except cash in person is accepted. No refunds are ever given for any reason — even if visa refusal is completely arbitrary and unexplained, and even if (as happens in substantial instances) the applicant’s passport is LOST or sent out to a stranger.

    Consider this: If a person buys a ticket on a cruise boat while already abroad; with a future one day stop in thousands of miles from his home country, how can he possibly comply with India’s requirement that visa applications must only be filed only in the capital city of the passport or legal residence country.Then too there is a question “Have you lived at your present address for over 2 years?” Does this mean that shorter periods get your visa

    Excessive costs, unreasonable processing times, and then a relatively short stay grant of 3 months “from the date of visa issuance, not the date of arrival.” If one waits a month or more for processing then, making a couple of short port stops in India 2 or 3 months later is a . If one is on a long cruise from Europe or the USA with cruise starting in 2 months, any visa will be long expired before the boat arrives in an Indian port.

    The only clear path seems to be:

    Never book a cruise with any port stops in India unless you want endless frustration!

    “There has been for years about making India a more tourist-friendly country by extending an on-arrival visa facility to around 40 more countries,” Rajeev Shukla, India’s planning minister, recently told the Press Trust of India … But it hasn’t happened, and probably won’t happen in our lifetime.

    Any new visa regime requires approval from the Indian cabinet before it comes into force. Knowing India, this change will probably never come. The mentality in India is that if any country won’t let Indians in visa-free, India will “tit for tat” make it even more difficult for their citizens to get into India. It doesn’t matter that wealthy retired cruisers on ships are unlikely to jump ship during their stop-over to stay and compete illegally for jobs in India. The reason most countries require a difficult vetting process for Indian “tourists” is that a substantial number of them intend to never return to India. They hope to join the millions of workers of the “undocumented” underground economy in Europe, North America or other places.

    A principle to follow for individuals and nations is to do what is in your best interests. An old Irish joke says, when you go out with a gun to seek revenge, you will dig two holes –one for your adversary and one for yourself.

    Thus India has for many years taken a country with many attractions; one that could easily generate 100 million tourist visitors, and by making it impossible for many potential tourists to visit. They shoot themselves in the foot with a highly restrictive visa policy. This alone is reducing their tourist arrivals by at least 95%. There are of course other problems in India – poor roads, insufficient tourist transport facilities, deferred maintenance of almost everything, inferior infrastructure, corruption, etc. – But obviously if India had ten times as many tourists injecting an extra few billion annually into the economy, there would be adequate finance to solve all these problems and more. Increased tourism would vastly improve the country. But the powers that be insist upon a nearly North Korean exclusion policy. North Korea has the world’s largest hotel (3,000 Rooms) with the lowest occupancy—NEAR ZERO. India is doing a bit better but is nearly as insane in visa policy.

    The starting point for any country that requires advance tourist visas (itself a bad idea!) would be giving visas on arrival to legitimate tourists.The typical wealthy retired American or European likes to get away from the cold winters. Thus, they gravitate to places like Panama, Mexico and other countries allowing them to rent or own a beach apartment and stay the season.

    The main reason the Philippines also has fewer tourists than they should have is that until recently they gave only 30 day visas. But at least Filipino visas were “free on arrival” and could be easily extended.

    Indian visas are a nightmare to obtain. Costs are outrageous; Long waits for processing; and totally incompetent outsourcing agencies who will almost surely mishandle your visa processing. India visas are handled at levels reminiscent of the psychotic bureaucratic procedures in the science fiction movie, BRAZIL.

    This writer has been on a dozen cruises with port stops in India and because of horrendous requirements & costs for an Indian visa has had no choice but to stay on board ship. There was no relationship between the time & money required to get a and the few hours that would be spent ashore near the port at Mumbai, etc. On a recent COSTA cruise, there was a special champagne party for the no-visa passengers who could not disembark. This was about 1/3rd of all the passengers. We had a similar “no get off in India experiences” (as best as I can remember) with Princess Lines, & Royal Caribbean. We & all the others would have gotten off the boat and spent some money in India had we been allowed to do so. But Holland American Lines at first said: “No Visa = Boarding Denied. No exceptions.”

    Holland America’s unhelpful customer service reps spoke to us via several expensive telephone calls to their call center (Was it In India via USA?). They said over & over- “Get a visa or you can’t board the ship. And f denied boarding you don’t get any refund of the $15,000 you paid for the ticket.” As mentioned earlier, our advice is:

    Never book a cruise with any port stops in India unless you want endless frustration!

    By PeterTaradash

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  31. Alan

    Am surprised you didn’t list Australia. Brazilians don’t get visa-free entry, but we’ve applied for tourist visas online twice and both times got multiple entry visas approved within an hour. It’s just so expensive though, A$150.
    I should mention the first time was as a Brazilian resident in Japan and the second time as a Brazilian resident in the EU. I’ve heard Brazilians applying from Brazil get knocked back a lot.

    Reply
    • Immaculeta Njideka

      Please am from Nigeria and have applied for Australia sub 600 but have not scared through yet, which website do I use to apply to get it done more faster?

      Reply
    • Dinah

      Please am a Ghanaian and I want travel to Singapore..please how can I get a visa

      Reply
  32. Khalil ahmad

    Hi i need canada or newzeland work visa

    Reply
  33. Aziengbe

    I have been trying to attend a conference in Bahama, I have been discouraged by what people are saying that, the only way is to get US , UK or Canada visa can any one help me, I will like to attend the conference coming up in May next year.

    Reply
    • Olanrewaju

      You are from which country?

      Reply
  34. Augustine

    Hi

    I live in Ghana and I want to know if Canada issues an d visa. If yes can I get the website to apply and what r the requirements

    Reply
  35. mai tao

    Hi dear all I need a host in saint kitts and nevis for travel

    Reply
  36. Abdisalaan faahiye

    I need to get refugee australia visa pleas helpe me iam handicap pleas helpe me iam somali

    Reply
    • Tommi Banks

      Contact nomadcapitalist.com you can obtain this via many options provided you meet the criteria required.

      Reply
  37. Rahul

    Can i go to Portugal with a e visa

    Reply
  38. Tamatey Massmac

    I’m from Ghana can I apply for Turkish E-visa??

    Reply
  39. Chukwu smart Ebere

    I will like to get more informations about how to upten u s
    working Vida…..

    Reply
  40. Ekemena

    I want to please find out if applying for Zimbabwe,visa online and after making payment yet the application was not submitted what can be,done? Can i re apply again

    Reply
  41. Irfanullal

    Assalamu alaikum.
    I want to about Moldova and Romania tourist or open visa.Lets inform about these contries .
    I,m very thanksful.

    Regard
    Irfan ullah

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  42. EMMARACH AGU

    HOW CAN I GET AN AMERICAN AND CANADA VISA

    Reply
  43. abdisalaan faahiye

    I need to get refugee australia visa pleas helpe me iam handicap pleas helpe me iam somal

    Reply
  44. abdisalaan faahiye

    I need to get refugee australia visa pleas helpe me iam handicap pleas helpe me iam aomali

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  45. Sabathy travels

    There many easy way to Europe and American continent. get another passport that visa free to your destination

    Reply
  46. eben

    Is a Ghanaian passport holder eligible for a Georgian e-visa.?

    Reply
  47. Ramnayan yadav

    Kuwait and Singapore work visa Ramnayan yadav HVAC technician

    Reply
  48. MSD

    nice post shared.

    Reply
  49. Mohammed

    Can I use electronic Visa to visit Macedonia

    Reply
  50. lateef

    my lateef am living in UAE since 2014 update i work as electrician i want to move to another country where i can continue working on my field work, i don’t know the country i can move with UAE resident.

    Reply
  51. Augustine Kwame Baah

    Can l to Turkey with EVISA now as am Ghanaian

    Reply
  52. aniee

    can we get E.visa of united kingdom????

    Reply

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