What is a visa?
Foreign governments will often require you to get a visa before you can be granted entry to their country.
For some countries you need to apply for the visa before you travel. Other countries may allow you to apply for a visa on arrival.
Which visa do I need?
Find out which visa you need by contacting the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country you plan to visit. Some visas may take weeks to obtain, so find out well in advance of your trip. As well as visas, some countries have specific entry and exit requirements such as compulsory vaccinations.
Remember to also check the visa requirements of countries you might be transiting.
Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) can change at short notice, so you should always contact the contact the nearest embassy, consulate or high commission of the country you plan to visit for the most up to date information.
What else should I know?
- A visa does not guarantee entry to a foreign country.
- In most cases, a tourist visa does not allow you to work in a foreign country. This includes voluntary or unpaid work.
- It is important to abide by the conditions and expiry dates of you visa or entry permit. In some countries, visa overstay can lead to deportation at your own expense, or arrest and imprisonment.
- Visa scams are common. Check the travel advice for the correct links, or contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country you plan to visit