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acquiring tourist visas on the tour

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1. Posted by ramdulara (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

I'm an Indian passport holder planning to do a 4-5 month tour of central and then south america starting in april. Since it's a long tour I don't want to have a rigid itinerary. So to keep it flexible I plan to acquire tourist visas for nearby countries as I travel further south. So for example when I'll be in Guatemala I'll apply for a tourist visa for Costa Rica. And then when I'll be in Ecuador I'll apply for my peruvian and bolivian visas and so on.

Is this a good or at least a workable strategy? Are there any countries whose visas take too long to process or would be harder to get due to some feud with a neighbouring country? Is there something like a "schengen visa" for a block of countries?

Any help or info is highly appreciated?

PS: I've been reading up posts on this board for quite some time now and they are very informative. However I tried to search for this info and couldn't find it. If I missed a thread please indicate so.

2. Posted by mangaloray (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Hiya, I too am touring South America comencing in early April. From enquiries I have made it would appear that arranging visas and border crossings in South America are fairly relaxed and should be crossed when you cpme to it. I`ll keep an eye on this thread and If you find out any other info I would be obliged if you could pass it onto me!
who knows we may even cross paths somewhere in South America



3. Posted by Fast (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y

You will not be able to get a tourist visa for Brazil at the border. You must apply for one at a Brazilian consulate in another country.

4. Posted by ramdulara (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

You must apply for one at a Brazilian consulate in another country.

As long as that works I should be ok. I'm just concerned about any complications due to applying for a visa at a consulate in a third country (i.e. not my home country).

Russ - where are you from? are you from the EU block or US? from what I've heard, if one is not from the EU or the US, they need to apply for most visas at consulates, not at the port of entry.

5. Posted by mangaloray (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Hi Ramdalara,
Im from Australia. thanks for the tip on Brazil, Fortunately for most of the South American countries we don`t need visas. We do need then for Brazil, Bolivia and Ecuador . I was speaking by email from an adventure tour company and he sais you can just play it by ear when u get to South America, I might just get an ecudorian visa before I leave because that is one counry I really want to see.