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Leaving in 5 weeks, what do we need to do about Visas?

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1. Posted by aoifenim (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Hi, we're an Irish couple flying to Mexico City on Mar 21st, then plan on going to Cuba, Belize, Guatemala and down in to South America including most of the usual countries.

We then have a flight from Chile to NZ in September, then Oz, Bali...hope to then go to Vietnam, Cambodia & India.

The thing is we haven't organised any visas in advance and now are only 5 weeks from leaving. Any suggestions on what we absolutely have to do before we leave or will we be able to organise most of them en route?

Also, we were going to organise working visas for both Oz & NZ, is there a fast way of doing this?

All recommendations welcome!

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

You wouldn't need any for Mexico as long as your stay is for less than 180 days.

If coming for touristic purposes and holding Tourist Card
("Tarjeta del Turista") a visa isn't required for Cuba. A few of the conditions though are:

Visitor must hold:
- ticket and all documents required for return/onward journey
(except if passport bears special annotation to the contrary
issued by Cuban consulate);
- USD 50.- or equivalent per person per day, unless passenger
has previously contracted the touristic activities with
MINTUR in Cuba.
In general, it is strongly recommended to hold hotel voucher
or booking for a min. stay of 2 days.

For Guatemala you'd get your passport stamped at the border (small cost at the entry point I made going from Palenque-Flores).

No visa needed for Belize (they do have fees you pay at the borders).

Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay don't require a visa for short stays (less than 90 days in most cases).

New Zealand won't require a visa on an Irish passport.

Australia WILL need a visa prior to arrival.

Vietnam needs one prior to arrival.

Cambodia can be got at the border for $20US (they may try to charge you a bit more).

If you go to Laos that needs a visa, but it can be got on arrival at Vientiane International Airport, Luang Prabang, Warray and Pakse for a
max. stay of 15 days (one extension possible) provided.

India needs a visa prior to arrival which will be for 6 months.

Bali/Indonesia requires a visa which can be got on arrival.

If their is any country you may be going which I have missed, you can check it out for yourself at http://www.delta.com/planning_reservations/plan_flight/international_travel_information/visa_passport_information/index.jsp

Suggestions for what you absolutely have to do before you leave. SAVE LOADS OF CASH, get yourself either a portable photo storage device (portable hard drive device which accepts any type of camera memory cards without the need for a computer to upload them on to the hard drive) or get at least a 1GB memory card for your digital camera which you'd burn on to CD regularly. I could go on for ages about things you must do before you go, but I'd fill up even more space than I already have. Have any more questions feel free to send me a message (by clicking on the send message button near my username) and I'll do my best to answer.

Have a great trip.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 15, 2007, at 3:45 AM by aharrold45 ]

3. Posted by aoifenim (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Hi aharrold, thanks a mill for the comprehensive reply. It's really helpful! Just need to make sure that if we send of our passport for any of countries we do need to sort visas for in advance, that we get it back on time!

4. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

By the look of your itinerary, it appears that the places you'd be needing to apply for visas in advance for would be after the South America part, so probably quite a way in to your trip. I know that getting a Vietnam visa in Australia is a very quick and painless process (it must've been issued the same day they received my application in the mail). Getting a visa to India is also pretty painless, but takes slightly more time than it did for the Vietnam visa. I can't comment on Australia seeing I don't need a visa for here, but I think you are able to apply over the internet. That site I mentioned has more information on visa requirements etc on Australia, if you make sure you select your country as Ireland and then the destination country as Australia.

5. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Also the Indian visa starts from the day you get granted it, so if you plan on taking a while to get to India and then spend a while there, then you'd need to wait until towards the end of your time in Australia to get it as it is valid for 6 months from the date it is granted, not 6 months from the date of entry in to India.