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1. Posted by Jacaranda (Budding Member 61 posts) 8y

Hey there,

just wondering if anyone out there can give me a hand.

I'm planning an overland trip i'm currently in the u.k and will be going overland through diffrent countries in europe/asia and the middle east. now europe doesn't worry me so much. Most visa i can get at the borders, but when i'm in certain parts of the middle east and asia i will need visa before you arrvie at there backdoor and get turned away for not having the appropriate paper work. How do i apply for visa's while i'm on the road and is this even possible?

i know i'll need proof of a flights out, proof of fund, medical insurance ect.

Anyone who has done this sought of thing please give me a hand.

Much appreciated

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

Most visas can be obtained from embassies abroad (even if you're not a citizen of the country you're visiting) and each of them have different conditions. Let us know which countries you are travelling to or aren't sure of the requirements so that other members who know about the visa applications could help you out.

3. Posted by Jacaranda (Budding Member 61 posts) 8y

The big worries for me are Turkmenistan, Iran (don't know if this is possible at all by land) Kazakstan, China, Mongolia. so any information on any of them countries would be great.

4. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 8y

Turkmenistan is going to be a problem man, i heard u need to be part of an (expensive) tour before you can get the visa...

Iran - takes a very long time, which in itself is also dependent on whether your president/pm has recently insulted their country. A visa number needs to be obtained beforehand (best in your own country - try the Iran embassy) or you just might just rot in say Pakistan, or Turkey from the other way waiting for the visa to be issued.

from what i know, China is relatively much more straightforward...

5. Posted by Jacaranda (Budding Member 61 posts) 8y

Cheers sounds liek your trying to put me off but appreicate the info.

So whats the deal can i apply for a visa in say the u.k for china and it will be vaild from the day it is approved but what if i won't be arriving in china for another 6months from the day it is approved is there some way i can get my visa but so it begins on a future date??????

6. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

Quoting Jacaranda

what if i won't be arriving in china for another 6months from the day it is approved is there some way i can get my visa but so it begins on a future date??????

If you applied for the visa for China 6 months before you planned on getting there, if in fact they even issued you with a visa, you would be denied boarding on the plane or denied entry in to the country when it came time to go to China. From what I was reading the other day, the maximum validity of the visa is 3 months from the date of issue. I know a couple of people who got denied boarding on a flight from Sydney-Beijing because they had applied for the visa to China very early.

I know that Iran is meant to be one of the most difficult countries in the world to get a visa for and generally takes quite some time to get although you do hear occasionally (very occasionally) of a person who will say they got it issued the same or next day. I think it is starting to get slightly easier to get a visa for Iran, but if possible you should still try to arrange this before you depart to avoid having possible long waits in foreign countries you'd prefer to be seeing rather than staying put in one boring city.

I have no idea about Turkmenistan except that all visas for that whole region are extremely costly. Someone I have spoken to said that their visas on a silk route trip (mainly the same sorts of places you are talking about) cost over $1000AUD in total just for the visas! This was going to many of those countries around Central asia though.

7. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 8y

Quoting Jacaranda

Cheers sounds liek your trying to put me off but appreicate the info.

no mate, its just that id wanted to do the same route to but have encountered said "difficulties" in planning

I wish its easier too! Just saying that cos in the case that u can't get the visa (which is not unlikely), you might want to consider a detour.

Regarding the Chinese visa you could just apply for it in any major city along the route before hitting China, and from what i know this is a rather straightforward process - Chinese embassies are aplenty and im sure that there are plenty of travel agents that offer this service in neighbouring countries...

8. Posted by Jacaranda (Budding Member 61 posts) 8y

Yeah was a joke mate,

Bit of a bugger thou, there's generally a way around these things so just have to keep researching i guess. Still got another 12 months before i actaully leave on the trip.

Thing is i'm an Australian nationally but currently living in Northern England so the getting my visa in my home country is slighty out of the question i'll either have to organise them here or whilst on the road.

So if i get nothing else out of this atleast i'll get educated in the wonders of red tape.

I reckon it can be done and i hopefully will succeed woooo.

Cheers for all the info if you come across anything keep us posted cheers