All Your Travel Visa Info in One Place

If you’ve ever embarked on a multi-country trip or are planning a round-the-world journey, you know that digging up the current visa information is a daunting task. Much of what’s on the web is out of date or just plain wrong and consular sites aren’t known for being simple to navigate. Plus some countries don’t require one, some charge different nationalities different amounts, some change you if you arrive by air but not overland, some try to disguise their visa fee under a different name, and on it goes.

If hours of your time are worth more than ten bucks, there’s a new e-book out that can save you a lot of hassles. Christine Gilbert, a working nomad who runs the Almost Fearless blog, has just put out The Visa Book.

At this point it’s only for U.S. citizens and it just covers tourist visas, not ones for working or staying longer; you’ll have to follow the included links to dig around for those. Still, we have to cough up some cash to visit 40% of the countries of the 200 covered here, so this gives you the one-stop lowdown on the where, the how, and the how much for all of them. For the countries I know well the information was solid in my proofing. Since this is a digital book, a new edition will come out each year.

This is an attractively laid out book that’s easy to navigate. For most countries it provides what you need to know on one or two pages and then provides links on where to go for more. If you’ve got a lot of countries to visit in the near future, get the scoop on everywhere from Botswana to Mauritania to Vietnam.

Most Expensive Visa Charges for Americans

So where will you get reamed the worst? There are plenty of countries that are in the Ben Franklin club—costing more than $100 to enter—but some are places you probably wouldn’t go anyway, like Angola, Algeria, Sudan, or Pakistan. Here are the ones that are the most expensive among places you actually may want to visit.

Argentina (Buenos Aires airport arrival only)
Chile (Good for life of passport)

Plan your route accordingly if you’re on a budget!

Get your copy of The Visa Book download here.

  1. Juliana

    What’s up with South America and these high visa charges? I skipped the whole continent on my round-the-world trip. I figured out that going through Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile was going to cost me more in visa charges than chilling out for a month in Honduras, Nicaragua, or Guatemala. $520! I wonder how many travelers are making the same decision?

  2. brian

    Countries like Brazil are charging Americans the same fees their citizens have to pay to enter the United States. These reciprocal fees are hurting everyone, but the USA started it so I can see why these countries are charging them.

    • tim

      Agreed, but tourism is a tiny drop in the bucket of the U.S. economy and we get zillions of visitors despite all the hassles. Despite our governments best efforts it seems, everyone still wants to visit the USA. But when a place like Bolivia charges the same amount back, it has a huge impact on the number of visitors from one of the most free-spending countries. So it hurts all the tourism business owners just to send a message to the yanquis. “Family Travel” to the Southern Cone is way below what it is in Ecuador and Peru, partly because it costs a family of four $560 or so before they even step out of the airport.

  3. Rolf

    Plus the U.S. has legitimate security expenditures that Brazil does not. Or any of the others in South America. Bolivia isn’t exactly flooded with people trying to get in illegally. I take it as a sign they don’t want us and so I spend my money elsewhere, where I am more welcome.

  4. TW

    I would like to recommend for those who are interested to know more information related to tourist visa requirements.

  5. Mick

    US government has true expenditures to be covered by visa fees. The South American countries charging to enter are shooting themselves in the foot losing tourists. Besides, many South American ‘tourists came to the US to work unlike the other way around.

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