Visa Regulations and Visa Costs for travelling outside Europe

With the Travel Promotion Act due to come into play in the US shortly, charging visitors £7 when applying for the obligatory ESTA (Electronic Travel System Authorisation) form, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has compiled a guide highlighting the different visa regulations and visa costs for UK Nationals when travelling outside of Europe. The guide looks at the different types of visa available, ways of applying for the visa, the time it takes to process and how long the visas are valid for. The full guide is available at www.aph.com/visasabroad.

The research found that charges for visas and tourist cards can fluctuate enormously depending on the holiday destination. For example tourists travelling to Australia and Madagascar can apply for an eVisitor visa or 30 day visa respectively at no cost, while at the other extreme travellers wanting to visit Russia can be charged up to a whopping £220 when applying last minute using the Express Service.

Planning ahead will often save you money, for example tourists going to Australia can apply for the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) within 12 hours of travel but this costs £12.

Travellers should also be careful when applying for their visa, as the time it takes to process can vary depending on the country and the method of applying. Personal applications for countries such as Thailand and Cuba can sometimes be picked up straight away from the Embassy or Consulate, whereas postal applications for countries such as Nepal and Russia can take up to two weeks. Travellers going to Cambodia and certain areas in Egypt can obtain a visa on arrival at the relevant international airport.

Nick Caunter, managing director of Airport Parking and Hotels says: “With so many differing rules and regulations for visa applications, we thought it would be helpful to break this information down for travellers and include it in the Know Before You Go section of the APH website. As ever, it’s the savvy traveller who will avoid unnecessary costs and disappointment when planning holidays.”