We’ve discovered that a lot of our clients are confused about e-visas. There is a sense that an e-visa isn’t a real visa, or that you might not actually need one in order to visit certain countries. Let’s take a moment to clear up the confusion surrounding e-visas right now.
What is e-visa?
E-visa is short for electronic visa. It is simply a visa that you can apply for on your own through a country’s visa website. They are no different than other types of travel visas. The only difference is that you can complete the application online.
Do I need an e-visa?
Countries that currently require e-visas include Australia, Turkey, India, and Sri Lanka. In order to enter these countries, you will need an e-visa. Some people try to go to these countries without first obtaining an e-visa, but that’s never a good idea. If you don’t have an e-visa when you arrive in one of these countries, you may be subject to a fine or not be allowed to enter at all.
How early do I need to apply for an e-visa?
In most cases, your e-visa will be approved instantaneously. That means that you can apply for an e-visa any time before your upcoming trip. Just keep in mind that your visa may expire within 60 days, so you don’t want to get it too far in advance. Contact Swift to determine logistics.
You should also keep in mind that e-visa websites can sometimes be finicky. Don’t put yourself in a situation where you need to obtain an e-visa within a matter of hours, because you might run out of luck.
I need help getting started. What can I do?
The team here at Swift is always happy to help you apply for e-visas. Just contact our team and let us know where you’re trying to go.
Laurie Lee is co-founder and CEO of Swift Passport and Visa Services. A Chicago native, Laurie loves adventure travel, especially to the Caribbean. She enjoys writing for the Swift Post, as well as for her personal blog, Spare Parts- www.sparebodyparts.com.