No visa, no flight…

It’s the trip of a lifetime, you’ve booked the perfect hotels, got great flight deals, and then it happens. “Sorry, you cannot board without a valid visa”. Perhaps the most overlooked step in booking international travel is confirming what you’ll need to actually board a plane. No, we don’t mean boarding passes. We’re talking about the fact that every day, in places all around the world, people miss flights and cancel non refundable vacations because they’ve overlooked the most important factor: entry visas. Here’s how to quickly sort through all the noise and figure out exactly what you need for your next trip, before it’s too late…

Official Resources

Checking out foreign visa requirements should be a first step, even before booking flights. Visa processes for certain countries can make entry extremely difficult, so it’s great to know what you’re facing before you commit your time and money. Virtually every country offers an extremely easy guide for citizens, with official advice for the entry requirements of each and every country, with links for any e-visa pages and info on any and all fees. Simply Google “(Your country) Foreign Travel Advice” to find the official pages. Here’s the official resource for the US, UK, Australia and CanadaΒ to get started. Want to save even more time? Wikipedia is also a completely underutilized resource, with a crowd sourced list of requirements for citizens of all countries, to virtually every destination.

Wikipedia Travel Visa Resources

Under 30 seconds? You bet. Here’s a link to the Wikipedia resources for citizens of the USA, UK, Germany, Canada, India, SpainΒ and France. If you’re a citizen of a different country, just Google “Visa requirements for (insert country) citizens”. The lists are constantly updated and offer the best present knowledge, and even includes how many days each visa is valid for and any other helpful notes. Using Wikipedia you can always guarantee you’ll get full visa requirement details within 30 seconds, which is helpful.

Most Powerful Passports

Competition for the world’s most powerful passport, allowing visa free access to the most countries is extremely tight. Singapore currentlyΒ offers the most powerful passport, with visa free access to 166 countries. Germany offers the second most powerful passport with 164 visa free countries, and a long list of countries are tied for third, including: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, Italy, France, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, Japan and South Korea. The U.S. Passport ranks 4th, with 162 visa free options.

Have you ever goofed on travel visas?