• 4 May 2017

Are you taking an international trip? One of the vital things to do is take a look at your passport and travel documents.You will see that some of our tours state that people from certain countries may need a visa. Let’s have a look at what this document is, and how you can find out if you need one for your tour.

What is a visa?

The first important thing to know is that a visa is different from a passport. Everyone needs a passport when they travel, so they can show where they come from. It is issued by each country for their own citizens. It shows your photo, full name, birthday and gender. This is used to identify you at airports and borders between different countries.

A visa is something different. It is an official note placed on your passport that shows that you have permission to enter, leave or stay in a certain country. It normally also says how long you are allowed to stay and what you are allowed to do (i.e. work or travel). You also get different kinds of visas. The most common types are: Tourist/holiday, Student, Work/long stay and Transit visas.

Do you need a visa for your upcoming trip?

Sometimes a visa can be used for more than one visit. Some kinds of visas you have to get before you go to the country, others you can get when you are there. Certain countries may ask for medical tests or a meeting before they allow a visa.

Do I need one?

You might. It depends on where you are from and where you are going. Different countries have different rules for people from other countries. You can find out by:

  • Visit VisaHQ.com. They are the leaders of comprehensive visa information online. Go here to visit the site.
  • Using Google. Just type in: Do visitors from <your country> need a visa for <the country you’re visiting>. Easy as that!
  • Asking a travel agent in your country to help. Show them all the countries you plan to visit and ask for advice.
  • Asking us once you’ve booked your tour.

Your Passport might not be adequate for travelling internationally.

How do I get one?

The process is a little different for every country. The first thing you can do is to find the website for the embassy or consulate of the country you are visiting. Not sure what a consulate or embassy is? An embassy is the representative of a country’s government in another country. The consulate is the administration office in a foreign city. There can be more than one consulate in a country. They can mainly be found in capital cities.The consulate will normally have visa application forms available online that you can print and fill in at home. You will then have to post the original copies or take it to the consulate office in person.

Expat Explore travels to over 40 unique destinations. Here are a few helpful links to find out more about visa services of these countries:

  • The Schengen Area is a coalition of 26 countries. You can find out more about this region’s visa laws on this Official Website.
  • The United Kingdom consists of four countries –  England, Scotland, Wales as well as Northern Ireland.  Official Website
  • Russia is not part of the Schengen states and you might need an additional visa when crossing the border from one of the neighboring countries Official Website
  • Croatia is part of the European Union, but not a Schengen state. Official Website
  • The Arab Republic of Egypt.  Official Website
  • The United State of America – there are different types of visas, if you’re going on tour then B2 tourist visa is what you’re looking for. Official Website

Do you need more help?

Here is a link to some more information about visas and how to get one, if you would like to read some more about this topic. Remember, we are always here to help you with anything you need to know about your tour. Just email or call us, so we can speak with you directly and  help where possible.

Questions & Comments

  1. Just received an email regarding Visas to travel, do I need need one? Traveling from USA.

    Thank you,

  2. HI,
    I am an American, living in Viet Nam. I have taken some GREAT trips with your company before. They were great. If I remember right I had no problem with my visa from Viet Nam, but I wanted to check to make sure there was no problem. Let me know if there is or what else I may need.
    Thanks, Gene Morris

  3. Dear sir/madam,
    We have a booking for 26 days, Ultimate Europe tour, starting August 12nd, 2017. My wife and I carry US passports for traveling. Do we needed to apply any VISA for any country on this trip?
    Best Regards,
    Sumeth Akaraparamest

    • Expat Explore says:

      Hello Sumeth! Our customers service team will be in contact with your shortly to answer your questions. :)

  4. Hi I am an Australian citizen traveling to UK for Best of UK Tour. Am I correct that I do not need a visa ?

  5. Hi ,
    I am traveling from Australia on an Australian Passport do I require a Visa for my Best of UK Tour ?

  6. Hello Expat, my booking number is, 2017xxx, I have been waiting for weeks now for my invitation letter to send away for my visa to the Russian Embassy in Canberra Australia, last email I had said having problems with the Federation, will send in 48hrs, but it has been 4 days and nothing, I have all the paperwork ready to go and only need the letter, please send to me before its too late, regards Patrick.

  7. Hi
    sorry but do we need visas for the Eastern Highlights tour if we are from Australia and New Zealand.

    Ros & Paul

  8. I have a US passport travelling from the Philippines. Do I need anything else . I am doing the European Vistas on Sept. 9. Thank you.

  9. Hi :)
    Am from South Africa, we are doing the 8 day cruise around Croatian border. Do I need a Visa for Croatia? Does it need to be Schengen?

  10. Hold an Australian passport and booked { Booking #2017XXXX} on tour EH150917 please advise do I need visa ?

  11. Mam/ Sir,
    I need your help Urgently, Im a Filipino nurse working presently in Makkah-jeddah, I paid My seats reservation worth 200$ for 2 adults but i might travelling Alone, question is Can i cancel the 1 seat? and as A filipino citizens, i needly badly now please the rquirements Needed for schengen Visa and UK Visa as fpr filipino. Thanks a lot.

  12. Hi I’m from Australia and this will be my second tour with expat and I’m did nit require a visa last. I am not aware of any chances to the visa laws. Since my last trip in 2015.

    Cheers Julie-Ann

  13. I am holding a Australian passport. Do I have to get Visa for this tour?

  14. I was under the impression we could get our visa in egypt. Do we need to fill in any paper work before we get there? Do we need to bring a photo?

  15. i have a passport but not sure if i need a visa. i booked the European tour and i am coming from the usa

  16. I’m a Canadian citizen and we are traveling for Europe 7 days tour starting June 24/18. Do I need a visa for this tour? Thanks a lot

  17. Alessandra says:

    I have an updated Visa from US. I just would like to confirm based on the information provided I do not need a Visa to go to Spain, Portugal and Andorra. Is that correct? Thank you, Alessandra.

    • Expat Explore says:

      Hi Alessandra, Thanks for your message. I have asked someone from our team to contact you regarding your visa query – we would need some more information regarding the passport you currently hold.

  18. Jagadish Baral says:

    Travelling from US as US citizen, taking Croation Eastern Delights Aug 12-25, please conform if we need further visa for any country.
    I checked US citizen does not need visa for Germany, Serbia, but what about other countries?

    • Expat Explore says:

      Hi Jagadish, so exciting that your Croatian Eastern Delights tour is around the corner! There is no need for you to acquire a visa for your tour.

  19. Hi
    We are Canadian Citizens going on the South Africa trip. Do we require a Visa?

    • Expat Explore says:

      Hi Gloria, We are pleased to inform you that Canadian citizens do not need a visa for a stay less than 90 days in South Africa.

  20. Maria D Murphy says:

    Since I have panamenian passport I don’t need visa to Russia Let me know which other visa I need thanks Maria murphy

  21. Yiting Lau says:

    Hi, I signed up for the 22-day Europe tour from 9/1-9/22. I have a US passport and am a US citizen; do I still need to apply for the visa? Thank u very much!

  22. Natalia V Bejarano says:

    I am a United States Citizen. I do not need a visa to travel to Europe.

    I have health Insurance.

    I already completed your information.

  23. Am 55.female..married.and retiree from the Philippines it is my dream and plan next year to travel and visit “western Europe” my favourites as follows UK..France..Italy..Portugal..Switzerland..Austria..Greece..now how can you help me to land first in Europe ..what airplane..and to acquire S.visa.too.pls.reply i want to know…

    • Expat Explore says:

      Hi Sarah, We’ve asked a member from our team to contact you and help you plan an amazing tour! You can take a look at our multi-country tours here.

  24. Hi I am an Australian citizen, planning to do the Europe Escape 12 day tour. Am I correct that I do not need a visa ?

    • Guest Explorers says:

      Hi Vasie,

      We’re so excited to hear that you would like to join an Expat Explore tour!

      Australian citizens do not require a visa for this tour. Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.