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Travel Visa Questions and Answers


    1. What is a travel visa ?

    2. What is the difference between a passport and a travel visa ?

    3. When do I need a travel visa ?

    4. What is required to obtain a visa?

    5. How long does it take to obtain a travel visa ?

    6. How long is a travel visa valid ?

    7. How does Passports and Visas.com help me obtain a travel visa ?


    What is a travel visa?

    A travel visa is a stamp or sticker placed by officials of a foreign country on a passport that allows the bearer to visit that country.  Visas are obtained from the proper embassy or local consulates of the country to be visited.  "Visit" is further defined as the reason for entry, usually business, tourist or transitory.  There are over 270 countries that offer travel visas and literally thousands of different types of visas available based upon country, type of visit, and length of visit.

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    What is the difference between a passport and a travel visa?

    A passport is an official government document that certifies one's identity and citizenship.  The passport serves two purposes: to regain entry to the country of citizenship (i.e. the United States) and is a requirement by many countries to gain entry to the country you are visiting.  

    A travel visa is an official government document that temporarily authorizes you to be in the country you are visiting.  Many countries require a visa to gain entry.  The visa usually is in the form of a stamp or sticker placed IN the passport and is obtained from the country you are visiting.

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    When do I need a  travel visa?

    Unfortunately, the answer to this question is subject to change almost on a daily basis.  We update our travel visa database very frequently and you can take a look to see if you need a visa and the detailed requirements, forms and instructions by visiting our travel visa section.

    If you don't see what you are looking for, send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible with up to date requirements and be glad to assist you in obtaining the visa.

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    What is required to obtain a travel visa?

    At minimum, the applicant will need a valid passport to obtain a visa.  When the visa is issued, the passport will be stamped indicating the visa was issued and expiration date of the visa.  Many countries require there be in excess of 6 months of validity on the passport before granting the visa.  

    Additional requirements for visas vary greatly depending on the visa required and the region you reside in.  Typically, countries have consulates in several cities around the United States.  To balance the workload, the country is divided into zones.  Unfortunately these zones can mean the requirements for obtaining a visa may vary depending upon where you live in the United States!

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    How long does it take to obtain a travel visa?

    The answer varies greatly.  If you were to process the visa on your own, the process of mailing the materials and application to your local consulate, the visa processing, and the mailing of your passport back to you typically takes several weeks.

     

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    How long is a travel visa valid?

    The answer varies greatly.  Visas are temporary in nature and depending upon your requirements and the country you are visiting, visas can be obtained with validity anywhere from the specific dates of your trip up to 10 years.

    When a visa expires, a new visa is required to gain entry to the foreign country again.

    Also, in many countries the visa expires when the passport expires.

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    How does Passports and Visas.com help me with my travel visa?

    Our travel visa service expedites and eases the process of obtaining visas:

    • Our staff is armed with the knowledge of up-to date visa requirements.

    • Our staff easily guides you through the complicated process of applying for a visa step by step. If you encounter a problem or have a question, you can contact us via an 800 number or via email.

    • Once we receive your application, we hand-carry your application through the appropriate embassy.  If we encounter issues, we have built relationships with various embassies to overcome the issue as swiftly as possible.

    • Once we receive your visa, we can send the passport back to you via FedEx.

    • And, you can check the status of your order every step of the way with us real-time via the web.

     We update our travel visa database very frequently and you can take a look to see if you need a visa and the detailed requirements, forms and instructions by visiting our travel visa section.

    If you don't see the information you are looking for, send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible with up to date visa requirements and be glad to assist you in obtaining the visa.

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