Passport & Consular Services

Can I apply for a visa on arrival?

The availability of visa on arrival (VOA) depends on the country you are planning to visit. Not all countries offer visa on arrival, and the specific requirements and conditions for obtaining a VOA vary from country to country. Here are some key points to consider:

Eligible Countries: Visa on arrival is typically offered to citizens of specific countries that have an agreement or arrangement with the destination country. It is important to check if your country of citizenship is eligible for a visa on arrival in the country you plan to visit.

Entry Points: Visa on arrival is usually granted at designated entry points such as international airports, seaports, or land border crossings. It’s important to confirm the entry points where visa on arrival is available in the destination country.

Requirements and Conditions: While visa on arrival allows you to obtain a visa upon arrival at your destination, there are usually specific requirements and conditions to fulfill. This may include having a valid passport, supporting documents such as return/onward ticket, proof of sufficient funds, passport-sized photographs, and payment of visa fees. The duration of stay granted with a visa on arrival can vary depending on the country.

Pre-Application: In some cases, you may need to complete a pre-application process online or obtain an approval letter or authorization before traveling. This pre-application process is separate from obtaining a traditional visa from an embassy or consulate before traveling.

It’s important to research and understand the specific visa requirements and processes for the country you plan to visit. Check the official website of the embassy, consulate, or immigration department of the destination country for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding visa on arrival and the applicable procedures.

It’s worth noting that in recent years, many countries have transitioned to electronic visa (e-visa) systems, where you can apply for a visa online in advance of your travel. This allows for a more streamlined and efficient visa application process compared to visa on arrival. Therefore, it’s advisable to explore both visa on arrival and e-visa options to determine the most suitable and convenient choice for your travel plans.

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