Does anybody know a good site, where I can just see for every single country whether or not I need a visa, whether or not I can get it on the airport or border on arrival. Regardless whether I am from The Netherlands, Pakistan, Japan or whatever country. It would be pretty easy, but I haven't seen a good site.
These organisations in holland who arrange visa for you, are not willing to give information about getting visa upon arrival...obviously because it means less business for them....
Would it be an idea to start it as a project in the Wiki guide here on TP? With details for the most important countries where travellers are from (30-40 countries or so) about visa regulation of all countries in the world? There are huge differences for some nationalities I noticed.
Maybe should have asked this in the system talk as well....anyone?
Sounds like a good idea. One way we could implement something like this is by creating articles such as "Australians Travelling Overseas". In an article like that, we could have a section devoted to the visa requirements of different countries for Australians. There's a few other sections we could add, such as exchange rates, required immunisations, etc.
This seems a more useful way of doing things. Rather than having one big article for everyone, divide it up according to where you're from to give more personalised information about the things you need to know. How does that sound?
Sounds good to me as well! The thing is that some subjects, especially visa but also exchange rates like you mentioned change all the time, so probably needs changes in the wiki page all the time as well. So some sort of document where you can see instantly for different countries what the exchange rate or visa requirements are, would be nice as well. I am a bit in doubt. For example, lots of links to websites where exchange rates are available, but for visa requirements worldwide it is almost impossible to find something...or I am a really bad websurfer of course....
I am just afraid that only for the main countries the visa requirements will be given, but I have been searching my *ss of for some countries. Possible on the airport, not possible, border possible, not possible etc. etc.
Frankly, I'm suspect of information I get on the web regarding visas and such, unless from a resource I completely trust like a website run by the government or the embassy of the country I am going to, or the Canadian site for foreign travellers: Consular Affairs, which does a pretty decent job of maintaining that information. I think many countries maintain a similar page for their citizens.
I have put some stuff in the wiki travel guide on visas for Canada, and wonder if the best solution might not be to have a standard format for the visa stuff: example www.travellerspoint.com\guide\country\visa and www.travellerspoint.com\guide\country\visa\Specific_Type_of_Visa, and then just link to those pages from a single area. Trying to maintain the information in two (or more) places seems to just raise the potential for information becoming out of date.
All that being said, we should also put a BIG warning on any pages with information about visas that the FINAL SAY is up to the country you are visiting, they can change their regulations at any time, and that the BEST way to maximize your chances of gaining entry to a country is to speak with an embassy or consult.
There is a system called Timatic which shows you if you need visas or not. You just have to specify your nationality and where you want to go. The official website is http://www.timaticweb.com/ however you have to pay to join. Qantas use link this system on their website and it is free, the website is http://www.qantas.com.au/info/flying/beforeYouTravel/visaHealth