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1. Posted by kitch7217 (Budding Member 7 posts) 1y

Hey,

I am travelling to USA, Costa Rica and Columbia and South America this summer and was getting a bit confused with visas. Do I need a visa for all countries and if so do I get a combined visa? Or three separate ones? Going away for about 3 months in total.

Also will I need visas for stop over countries during the flight to each country?
Many thanks!!

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 1y

There's definitely no such thing as a "combined visa". These are all separate countries (assuming you meant "Colombia" rather than Columbia (a US city), and except for "South America", which is a continent), so each have their own visa rules.

For which of these countries you need a visa depends on your nationality, which you unfortunately didn't include, so it's very hard to help you there.

Generally you don't need a visa for a stopover where you don't leave the airport, but there's exceptions (like the USA), so it's worth researching those specific cases, too.

[ Edit: Edited on 20-May-2015, at 15:08 by Sander ]

3. Posted by kitch7217 (Budding Member 7 posts) 1y

Thank you for the reply. Im english, so I think i will use this one for the use this for USA:
https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

and then find the separate ones for Colombia and Costa Rica

Many thanks!!

4. Posted by gaptraveller (Budding Member 36 posts) 1y

you will need seperate visas for all nations, there is no combined visa

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 1y

Quoting kitch7217

Thank you for the reply. Im english, so I think i will use this one for the use this for USA:
https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

and then find the separate ones for Colombia and Costa Rica

Both Colombia and Costa Rica allow EU citizens to visit for tourist purposes without a visa, as long as you stay for less than 90 days. For the USA you indeed need to go through the ESTA hassle.

6. Posted by gaptraveller (Budding Member 36 posts) 1y

for esta you need to apply about 2 weeks before you travel just to be sure you get it