Are you getting ready to embark on your next journey abroad? Remember, booking a plane ticket and taking care of any medical needs are not the only things you have to check off of your to-do list before traveling overseas. You may also need a visa to even be able to get in to your destination.
Many countries require you to obtain a visa for travel by dropping off and picking up your actual passport and supporting application documents at the consulate that has jurisdiction over your state of residence. Unfortunately, this consulate is likely to be out-of-state and open only during select hours. That would mean you would have to take time off from work and spend extra money just to make a trip to the consulate! You would also likely have to wait a few days for your application to be processed, or you would have to make another trip to pick up the documents when your visa was processed successfully.
However, there is good news. Today, travelers have an option for Passport Health to handle the visa process (that is all too often fraught with bureaucratic red tape!) on their behalf. Passport Health will handle the entire process of application completion and submission for you, so there is no need to become overwhelmed by paperwork or make a trip out to an out of state consulate. The visa process often seems daunting, but three simple steps can help you find out what you need to know so that have everything ready before you go.
These three easy steps to a stress-free visa are:
1. First, pay a visit to the U.S.State Department’s website to find out the general requirements for obtaining a visa for your destination country. You might be pleased to learn that some countries do not require visas for short stay. Visiting the website also provides other useful information like the maximum amount of currency you are allowed to bring into each country, and it provides some generic guidance on the vaccinations you need to have received for your trip.
2. Next, do a little research on your destination and create a timeline marking important dates and the expected amount of the time it will take for your visa to be processed. Some countries allow you to start your visa application process several months in advance. You also need to be aware of how long it will take to get your passport back, as visa processing times vary by country.
3. Ultimately, however, it is best to turn to a company that is expert in processing travel documents, like Passport Health, for help. Slogging through government web pages trying to find the right documents can take a lot of time, and accidentally making a mistake on your application can take even more. Some countries are so particular that if the address on your driver’s license and the address you enter into your application differ by even a punctuation mark, the application will be rejected! Leave the minutiae to the experts: we can handle the visa process for you and obtain a visa on your behalf. After just filling out a simple form, Passport Health’s travel document experts can help you get a visa for any global destination, and we are here to answer any questions you may have throughout the application process.
Don’t wait until the last minute to get your visa. Following these easy steps early on can help obtain your travel visa with ease. Avoid the nightmares of visa delays or expensive last-minute expedited processing, and you’ll be one giant step closer to the vacation you’ve been waiting for.
For more information on Passport Health’s visa and passport processing program please visit our Visa and Passport Processing portal.