It came to my attention on a recent overland trip that there was a great deal of diversity in the length of Tourist visas out there. And more even again when it comes to extending them. So I thought it might be interesting to compile some of the longer stay countries out there based on a tourist visa.
Here's what I know:
India: 6 month tourist visa (though I think that's change recently?)
Nepal: 60 days, extendable up to 151 days in any calender month(there's a catch here that means you can acutally stay for nearly a year depending on the month you first apply)
Philippines: 21 days extendable for up to one year(new visa rules, but its quite expensive, nearly 50USD per month now
Over to you
schengen europe is 90 days
Nope, its still 60 days for India and i think thats the minimum length they issue? i mean, what better way to make money than to sell people a 6 month visa when they actually just need 2 weeks, no?
Both Hong Kong and Macau give 6 months to UK passport holders.
Argentina gives 90 days which is extendable (or you can just pop to Uruguay for the day instead and get another 90 days on your return!). I think Brazil, Peru and Bolivia also gave us 90 days on entry too.
Malaysia and Singapore are 90 days for UK passport holders.
Philippines is very expensive for visas/extensions...almost US$70 for an initial extension from 21 days to 60 days, then US$110 for another 60 days. Unbelievable prices
I was under the impression India gives 6 month visas automatically as well...this is what we have found from our research anyway. It seems to be a 'good value' visa to us though as it's a multi-entry 6 month one and valid for 10 years, so if you want to go back you don't need to reapply for the visa. Or have I got the wrong end of the stick?!
Hey some interesting stuff out there so for.
Nice to hear about the south American visas still being for a long duration and extenable, or border "hoppable".
Yea, the philippines visa situation is really bad. I think they are aiming at the 'Long Term' people staying there. And at the same time aiming for more tours and a richer kind of tourist. Shame really. At least for the backpaker community. 21 days is not really enough to see the place, and with the high cost of a flights these days it is getting not so easy a place to visit.
I am sure I read somewhere, maybe LP thorntree about the Indian Visa no longer being for 6 months. I know when I was in Nepal they were making changes to it, and getting one there was a real pain. I could be wrong. But something did change recently.
China is 30 days now, non extendable.
Keep the visa information coming, it's good stuff!
Afaik this is not technically legit, but Argentina condones immediate reentry after your 90-day visa expired. A trip back and forth to Colonia, Uruguay, is all it takes and you can in principle repeat this routine perpetuously. Mind you, DNM (immigration services) has been in the process of upgrading their technology and procedures for several years now, so this option may not be available for much longer.
[ Edit: Edited on Jun 23, 2008, at 12:26 AM by bentivogli ]