In the absence of specific bilateral agreements, countries requiring passports to be valid for at least 6 more months on arrival include Afghanistan, Algeria, Anguilla, Bahrain, Bhutan, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Curaçao, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
As Russia has one of the most complicated visa procedures, and does not allow travelers to mail in visa applications, we strongly recommend that you apply through a visa service. In order to visit Russia, you will need to have an official tourist or business invitation before you fill out your application. The application is filled out online, printed and signed, and the consulates are extremely particular about the way the application is completed. Travelers who apply on their own face a very high rate of rejection – using a visa service is key!
Vietnam – India passport holders can get eVisa for 30 days for $25 USD. No documentation needed. Processing takes 2 working days. India passport holders can also get VoA for 30 days or 3 months. You must get an approval letter prior to arriving in Vietnam. Approval letter costs about $10 USD. Plus, VoA fee at the airport is $25 USD. Approval letter takes 2 working days. More info at Vietnam Visa Guide.
There is one other important benefit to these cards–online bill pay. The top prepaid cards can be used to pay bills online. Just like a bank account, you can have funds transferred from a prepaid credit card to pay car loans, the mortgage, utilities, or just about any other monthly expense. Because of this, a no fee prepaid credit card is about as close to a bank account as you can get, without getting a bank account.
I would say that the one downside to Travel Visa Pro is their overly busy, text-filled website. It is not as user-friendly as the VisaHQ website, meaning you have to hunt around a bit to find out what you are looking for. In order to get a visa, when you go to their homepage, choose the country where you want to go in the small drop-down list under the “Visa Services” heading. You will then need to follow the steps listed on the website in order to apply.
Beginning in 2021, U.S. travelers to Europe’s Schengen countries will need to acquire an authorization—which requires a process similar to that of obtaining visa, even though the European Union maintains that the countries remain visa-free for Americans. Called an ETIAS, the authorization will cost about $8 and is similar to SEPTA, the travel authorization that the United States currently requires of European nationals. Here are all the Schengen nations that will require an ETIAS as of 2021.
As of 1 October 2019, holders of a United States passport could travel to 184 countries and territories without a travel visa, or with a visa on arrival. The United States passport currently ranks[Note 1] 6th in terms of travel freedom (tied with the passports of Belgium, Canada, Greece, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland and the UK) according to the Henley Passport Index.
A travel visa, also called an entry visa, allows you to enter into a foreign country for a specified amount of time. There are many foreign countries where no visa is required in order to visit. Some that do require an entry visa issue it upon the visitor's arrival. If and when you need a visa depends on your destination and the type of visa you need whether for tourism, business, work, study, transit or permanent residence.
Eldridge, I am right there with you. I too use the AccountNow Gold Visa, it stinks! On top of those fees, their website offers a $25 direct deposit incentive. The stipulations are you have to have at least $500 deposited for 2 or 3 consecutive months. I’ve been using the card since December and was making around $1600 a month and never received the incentive. But their customer service sucks too. Hence the reason why I switched to the AMEX prepaid card. No fees other than ATM withdrawals if I need cash I’ll just get it as cash back after a purchase to avoid that fee and I can set up direct deposit. Yep sounds like the card for me! 🙂
None of the above comments have addressed the fact that the Walmart prepaid Visa charges back fees if you let your card idle with a zero balance for a few months. I usually only use my card for Christmas shopping online, but ths year I used it when travelling and when I loaded it, I was immediately charged $3 for every month that had elapsed since I last used it.
So my girlfriend and I had our tax return deposited on my bank freedom card. I tried to take all of our money off to get a car and my card was deactivated. When I called to find out what the problem was, I was told that my card was cancelled, because of too many transactions. Also… They told me because my card was canceled I lost all of my money and that they would not be mailing it out. This is a big scam, they took almost $5,000 from me and my girlfriend. So I can’t get my money when I need it? This is some fake suff, don’t go for it.
Emirates Airline also accepts online visa applications, provided by VFS Global Services. Simply head to the ‘Apply for your UAE Visa’ section of emirates.com, select your preferred visa category and enter the itinerary details. A visa form will then be shared via e-mail, which needs to be filled out and submitted along with the necessary visa fees. Your visa application needs to be made at least four working days prior to your arrival in the UAE.
With that said, the user interface is superb, and the site is chock full of visa information. I love it how you just click on the visa button, enter your zip code, and you go right to the appropriate visa information for the consulate of your jurisdiction. I know this must have taken a TON of work to implement, so I give a strong Bravo to these guys for putting this functionality on their website.
Right up until they cancel the card(Visa One) like they did mine, without notice, when I called I was told “the card was linked with other accounts that were not yours” or something similarly cryptic. Seeing as how I had to give out the social to get a named card, I inquired as to what happened and if my info was safe or not…”I have no other details sir”. That was that, nothing I can do about it, I get to sit and wonder what shoe will drop next….be very careful with these things, as I do not think they hold the same security levels as normal cards, and the banks that issue them could not give a darn less about you in the long run. Thank god I hadn’t loaded it in awhile and only lost about 15 dollars to this scam.
Hello Thirumal. Thank you for the information. However, since it’s an itinerary with a validity of only 3 days, unfortunately it has expired yesterday. Can I still use it for my application? Furthermore, my intended date of travel is August 25th and I am going to apply with priority service on August 7. Will I get a decision within August 20 at least? Kindly help me, please.
Although I’m normally a do-it-yourself kind of guy, I sometimes get a travel visa service to take care of all the visa formalities for me. The best travel visa services in the United States (I will discuss 4 in total) often have knowledge and connections that the average person simply won’t have. It is for this reason that getting experts to get the visa for you on your behalf can make a lot of sense and relieve you of future headache if you are trying to secure a visa for a particular country.
I know most of these are pretty old, but I wanted to add my opinion. I think the best of all the cards is the Chime Card. I’ve had mine for quite a while and was pleasantly surprised the first time I received my paycheck on a Wednesday when payday is Friday. I used AccountNow for about 5 years and even tho it states you get early direct deposit up to 2 days, it always came on Thursdays. When I switched to my Chime Card, it was really there two days early and still comes on Wednesdays, even though I have switched jobs. It is $0 for the monthly maintenance fee and you are able to do a transfer to any account as long as you have the account and routing number for the account you want the money transferred to. You have the option of using two separate money saving options or both together. One rounds your purchases up to the next dollar and puts that money into the savings account, yes this card even offers a separate savings account that you can transfer money instantly from spending to savings or savings to spending. The second option is that any direct deposit over $500 will automatically place 10% of the amount into the savings account. You can use both features, just one, or neither. The only two downsides is there is no option for mobile check deposit and there is no option for a joint account. Otherwise, it’s the best prepaid debit card I have ever owned and I really like getting my check on wednesdays when payday is friday!