Visa and Health Information | by Carlos Melia | Have you ever been in the situation of having to travel to a foreign remote country, and having to spend hours browsing the web and reading tedious documents trying to just get a final – updated and official word of if either you DO or DON’T NEED a Travel Visa whether you are traveling for pleasure, business or else. ? Well now technology, internet and applications have made it much easier, even Travel Agents and Experts like me. Over a few of the resources I have used over the last few month, either for me own travels or for clients, I find the following the most accurate and easy to use.
oneworld – Visa and Health Information page is a very complete and easy online resources. Complete the form for information on travel documents and health warnings for your travel destinations based on your personal details.
Travel Visa Shake for iPhone (USD 0.99 on iTunes) is a great application for your smartphone. Want to know if you need a Visa to travel to a foreign country? You may also check your Visa status for traveling to other countries by using our Visa “widget.” To find out if you need a Visa to travel to a foreign country simply choose your country of origin and the country to which you wish to travel and shake your phone. If no visa is required the result will appear in green. If a visa is required, the result will appear in red and you can simply click the link provided to VisaHQ.com where you can apply for your visa on-line. It’s easy!
Travisa is the FREE Application options. The only problem is that currently this only provides information for those native from: United States, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Sweden, United Kingdom. With the Travisa Visa App for iPhone®, you can access detailed information on travel visa requirements for over 200 countries and passport services directly on your iPhone, even when you don´t have internet access. The Travisa Visa App is great for frequent international travelers and international travel managers who need to know country visa requirements fast, and don´t want to wait until they have computer internet access.
So no more last minute surprises. Believe me this morning I almost die of a heart attack when someone told me I needed a VISA for my upcoming Monday trip to The Philippines. This online/offline resources and applications prove him wrong and gave me the peace of mind I need to begin my trip. CM