Quick guide on how to apply for an electronic visa
When you start planning your trip abroad, one of the things you may have to take care ofis a visa. That is not the case if you are exempt from going through this process, but if you arenot, then you need to check your options. While some countries still insist that you go to theirnearest embassies to obtain a visa, others adopted the electronic visa system, meaning that youcan apply for a visa online.
- Monday, 15 July 2019
Getting an electronic visa, also known as an e-visa, is a simplified procedure that you can
go through in a matter of minutes. Provided that you have all that is necessary, of course. Below,
you will find a few steps that will guide you through the process.
Step one: Establish your eligibility
Just because a country issues electronic visas, it does not mean you qualify for one. So,
the first thing you have to do is to make sure that you are eligible. That is easy to find out. You
can either research the visa policy of the country you wish to visit, or you can use a tool that is
usually provided by online visa services.
Step two: Find a visa service
Fortunately, the internet is filled with visa services, and while it may seem confusing to
pick one, your best chance is to read some reviews before use. What we can recommend is to opt
for a reputable visa service that provides customer support and has excellent reviews.
Step three: Make sure that you have everything necessary
Each visa, electronic or not, comes with a set of requirements that you have to fulfill.
Some countries may come with an extended list of documents and information you need, while
others ask for the bare minimum. Keep in mind that the requirements differ from country to
country, and you should never assume that they have the same conditions. Even so, what we can
tell you is that the passport is always a requirement. Moreover, most visa policies ask that the
passport is valid for at least 6 months from arrival. A blank page may also be required.
Other requirements may include a return flight ticket, travel itinerary, invitation letter,
proof of accommodation, means of sustenance, international certificate of vaccination, digital
passport photo, and so on. Whatever the demands are, your application will not be approved if
you fail to comply.
Step four: Fill in an online application form
One of the best things about an online application process is that even the form must be
filled in online. Most visa services will provide a simple and short application form so that you
do not waste too much time on it.
What you need to be careful about here is the information you provide. It is imperative
that you make no mistakes when you fill in the form. Otherwise, your application will be denied.
You will waste time and money when you repeat the process. The best thing you can do is to
review your form carefully before you submit it.
Step five: Be on your way
Once you submit your application, your e-visa will arrive via e-mail in PDF format. You
can either print it out or keep it on your device, although we recommend that you have at least
one physical copy. It is too much of a risk to have your phone’s battery die before you board
The bottom line is that an online visa application process is easy to go through. When
you have trouble, you can call the visa service’s customer support. Some of these services can be
reached non-stop, so help is just one phone call away.