Find Out If You Need a Visa—Ahead of Time
I recently wrote a post offering 10 passport tips that will save you time, money and headaches. While writing it, I realized that one of the tips I included had never been featured as a daily tip—and it’s an important one: find out if you need a visa. It’s important because I’ve had countless friends show up to the airport only to be turned away from their flight because they forgot or didn’t know they needed a visa. And some visas require application weeks before your arrival date, so be sure to do your research early.
For Americans, the best place to find out if you need a visa is the State Department’s website, where they provide country-specific information for every country of the world. Here, you’ll find out whether you need a visa or not, as well as other important information like the location of the US embassy and any consular offices in your destination, relevant travel warnings, and more.
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