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Visa Question - Which way do you go about it?

Travel Forums Round the World Travel Visa Question - Which way do you go about it?

1. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 9y

Hi there,

Ok...Next year I'll be going on a RTW trip of sorts. During the second half, I'll be going through several Asian countries. I've just been reading up on visas, and I ask this - how does everyone go about it? Do you (if you know your itinerary, I mean) get everything before you leave your home country, or apply for visas as you go (if you're more laid back)?

A few years back we had to apply for a visa on the go for Macedonia, and that took about a day - so I know it's possible, though the timing may vary. I'm just wondering if it's ok to be done on the go...I like flexibility...even if it's a little time consuming (I'm not running anywhere).

Thanks in advance!

Kat.

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

If you state what Asian countries you are referring to either myself or someone else would probably be able to tell you the answers, but without the countries I could only say that in some cases you'd be fine but others it'd be a lot better to get them before you go.

Unless you wont be entering for more than 3 months from the date you leave home, getting a visa prior to departure is essential if Russia is one of those countries (unless you feel like spending a couple of weeks in one spot or paying a small fortune for priority processing).

3. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 9y

you know, i dished out the post - but now i see if i asked me the same thing, i would probably say the same. oi.

i will be gone from home for about three months (though i return for a couple of weeks before leaving again), so there is a bit of time to get things ahead of time. the thing is, i would be taking it slow when i leave again - so staying somewhere for a couple of weeks works well with me. i wouldn't mind doing that to get visas for the next few places. i was just wondering if it wasn't completely foolish to do so.

i looked at the map, and even traveling by bus or train through countries i won't be visiting, i would need a visa - which in the end would be a whole lot more visas to think about (:S) - and getting them all during the two weeks i'm home - sounds a little nuts. especially since i have a loose plan - not a day-to-day itinerary like many others. my plan is to have a few key time points (which is where i would get the visas way beforehand or at home) - sort of to keep pace and keep a sort of assurance (depending on the region).

and..yeah, russia IS one of them. their requirements are insane! that one definitely has a star next to it..

thank you for replying. i'm sorry for not being more specific