Travelling? Here’s a list of visas you may need before you go

In order to ensure you can enter a country without any issues, here’s a breakdown of visas around the world which you may need at some point during your travels.

Depending on where in the world you plan to travel, you may need a visa. If that isn’t complicated enough, the visa you require varies from place to place, and country to country.

Travelling to the United States of America
The Visa Waiver Program and obtaining a USA visa is a process that confuses many. Most passport holders can obtain an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) through the Visa Waiver Programme. This programme allows travel to the US for up to 90 days for journeys related to tourism, specific types of business visits and transfers to another country.


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Travelling from the UK, you will more than likely qualify to enter the United States of America, providing your British passport describes your nationally as a ‘British Citizen’ and is an ePassport. You will also have to receive genuine authorisation from ESTA, and have not travelled to Iran, Libya, Somalia, Iraq, Syria, Yemen or Sudan since March 2011.

Travelling to the United Kingdom
Travelling to the United Kingdom is a bit less complicated. While citizens of most, if not all nations, receive a visa waiver upon arrival in England, it is unlikely you’ll need any additional documents –other than your passport, of course! But, if you wish to drive or rent a car in England, you must have your unique state-issued license with you in order to do so.

Travelling to Australia
Depending on the reasons why you want to visit Australia, you will need one of several different types of visa. But no matter what, there are a number of important things you should know, such as the requirements for the relevant via application, obligations and how to comply with the conditions of your Australian visa. If you want to study, work or even live in Australia there are additional different requirements that you will need to meet in order to do so, such as being employed in one of the approved professions on the Skilled Occupation List.


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Business Travel Visas around the world
In some countries, you will require a business visa in order to travel to the country for business-related reasons. This is especially important for those who are seeking to travel to the US for a short duration for a business trip that doesn’t require actual labour to be carried out throughout the duration of their stay.

On the other hand, those wanting to visit the UK on business simply need to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa. It doesn’t matter whether the visit to the UK is for a meeting, conference or training purposes, if you visit the UK on business you need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa up to 3 months in advance before you travel.

Long-Term Visit Visas around the world
In most countries, if you are able to prove that you need to visit a certain country regularly over the next 2, 5 or 10 years you can apply for a long-term visit visa. Even though most long-term visit visas allow you to stay for a maximum of 24 weeks (or 6 months) per visit they are still expensive, in the likes of the UK a 10-year visit visa will cost you £767.00. And for a shorter 2-year long-term visit visa, you can expect to pay £337.00.


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