Visas explained step by step from the experience Andy Graham a Perpetual Traveler for over 21 years and 112 countries.

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Visa Entente in West Africa

Visa Entente Received by Andy Graham of in Abidjan, Ivory Coast


Easier than you think... I have entered 88 countries, and got Visas dozens of times, not sure, hard to count.
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One - Check to see if you need one - USA Citizens only: Consular Sheets  --- (But But But But this is not always correct)

USA government visa requirements for other countries.

Two - Call the embassy of country you want to visit, you can find the telephone number here: -

Three - Fly to a country next to country you want to visit that does require you to have a Visa, and get a Visa to the neighboring country, this is the easiest way. Note, (Warning - Some countries force you get visa from Home country.)
If this does not work:

Four - Truly, and I mean if you really want to learn if you need a Visa, you need an extremely good Travel Agent, and they have a private Visa system not available to Public used to Check. Only the Airlines have this system, or a Travel Agent smart enough to use is and not lie? (Travel Agents Lie, they know that if you need a Visa, you will not buy a ticket now, they have to hope you return, so they try to steer you to country with Visa on demand.)

Expedited Visa Service:
Used by Andy Lee Graham

Note: Many Land Borders will grant you a Visa at the Border, and sometimes worth the trip.

What you may need?

 - You need to be a good citizen, well dressed, nice, polite and patient, you must be the type of person who should be invited to another country.

  1. 4 Photos
  2. Onward plane ticket leaving the country.
  3. Know why you are entering? Say as tourist, don't say, I am looking for job,or some strange reasons.
  4. Proof of sufficient Funds - Print out of your bank statement
  5. Reference of people in country - Name from
  6. Telephone number of person inside the country.
  7. Hotel Reservation - Difficult to do, maybe make up an e-mail address and send yourself the reservation.
  8. Black Pen to fill out applications or Blue Pen - You need both.
  9. Copies of birth certificate
  10. 4 Copies of your Passport
  11. Invitation Letter
  12. Copy of Credit Card Front and Back
  13. Letter from the Embassy of the USA - Note, the USA does not give this letter - Get any kind of letter.
  14. Copy of prior vsas.
  15. Money in US Dollars, regardless of the country you are presently located and enough money in local currency to pay. You need both currencies.
  16. Yellow Fever Card
  17. AIDs or SIDA test
  18. Copies of Visa or Mastercard

List of questions for residency visas?

1. Source of income?

2. Are you disabled - Discussion Hobo Talk Wall

Personal Checklist
1. Glasses to read
2. Well dressed
3. Arrive early in day so the processors are not angry
4. Never argue
5. Do not bring friends with you to embassy offices.

Problem with Visa:

  1. There is a date by which you must enter, and that is when the date starts.
  2. Multi-Entrance visas are sometimes not respected and you must pay again.

Visa Defined:

A visa is an indication that a person is authorized to enter the country which "issued" the visa, subject to permission of an immigration official at the time of actual entry. The authorization may be a document, but more commonly it is a stamp endorsed in the applicant's passport. Some countries do not require a visa in some situations, such as a result of reciprocal treaty arrangements. The country issuing the visa typically attaches various conditions to the visa, such as the time that the visa is valid, the period that the person may stay in the country, whether the visa is valid for more than one visit, etc.

Many countries require possession of a valid passport and visa as a condition of entry for foreigners, though there exist exemptions (see below).

A visa does not generally give a non-citizen any rights, including a right to enter a country or to remain there. The possession of a visa is not in itself a guarantee of entry into the country that issued it, and a visa can be revoked at any time. The visa process merely enables the host country to verify the identity of the visa applicant before the entry of the applicant. Special permits may also be required, such as a residency permit or work permit. A visitor may also be required to undergo and pass security and/or health checks upon arrival at the border.

Visas are associated with the request for permission to enter (or exit) a country, and are thus, for some countries, distinct from actual formal permission for an alien to enter and remain in the country.

    Some countries require that their citizens, and sometimes foreign travelers, obtain an exit visa in order to be allowed to leave the country.

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Visas explained step by step from the experience Andy Graham a Perpetual Traveler for over 21 years and 112 countries.

Sun, 18 Jul 2010 06:04:13

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