Traveling is one of life’s greatest joys. You get to escape the mundane, meet new people, and experience new cultures. Plus, you gain that R&R you need now and then. One of the most significant impacts on traveling was and still is the existence of the electronic visa system. Perhaps you did not know this, but more and more countries introduce it in their visa policies so enhance tourism. People have easier access to a visa; the country gets more visitors every single year. It is a win-win situation. After all, filling in an online application form is a lot more convenient than going to an embassy, am I right?
How to find out which countries release electronic visas?
That is simple. Thanks to the mighty internet, we have access to a whole lot of information. That can be put to good use. You can find out in just an instant which state allows entry with an electronic visa as opposed to a standard travel visa for which you have to go to a diplomatic mission.
At the same time, you should know that while a particular country has an electronic visa system in place, it may not be accessible for everyone. The visa policy of that country usually contains a list of eligible nationalities, and as long as you are on it, you are free to apply online. For example, let’s say you want to travel to Vietnam. And you are a British citizen. According to Vietnam’s visa policy, you are eligible for an electronic visa, which you can obtain in just a few days.
The online visa application process
Once you decide to visit a particular country that releases electronic visa, and you find out that you are eligible, all that is left for you to do is to go through the online application process. However, keep in mind that the process requires some preparation. You must put together some necessary documents and information.
The requirements are not the same for all electronic visas. It depends on the country you wish to travel to. But one thing is for sure. All electronic visas are issued based on a valid passport. After all, an electronic visa is electronically linked to it. It is not possible to apply for an electronic visa without a passport or an expired one. Plus, most countries ask that that applicants’ passports are valid for at least another 6 months from the date of arrival.
Other requirements include a return flight ticket, proof of accommodation, travel itinerary, passport photos (digital), travel insurance, means of online payment, e-mail address and so on. As I mentioned above, it depends on the issuing country. However, you will never come across a requirement that is difficult to meet when you apply online for your visa. Accessibility is the whole point.
As soon as you have at hand everything necessary for the process, you are free to fill in an online application form. You must be very careful with the information you provide. It must be correct and accurate. Even a simple error as a typo can invalidate your entire document, which means that you have to repeat the application process. That would be a waste of time, energy, and money. It is best if you review your form carefully before submission.
An electronic visa takes a few days to arrive via e-mail. In some cases you have to print it out, but in others, you can just show the document on your phone or tablet. As you can see, an online application process of getting an electronic visa is far more convenient than going to an embassy, and as recent years show it, it gave a boost to many countries tourism.