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 Visas

The world of today is divided by transparent lines that we call “borders”, separating “countries” from each others.
To gain access to one or another, a visa is required in the immigration control.
I had to acquire a lot during this world tour.
Here is the description of each border crossing I had to face (please note that those information are accurate for a French passport).


 

EUROPE

France
October 2007. My ID is enough to travel in my own country.

Switzerland
October 2007. A little immigration building. No visa.

Italy
October 2007.
No border.

Slovenia
November 2007.
The immigration of Trieste is easy to cross. No visa, no stamp.

Croatia
November 2007.
4 hours waiting in a truck at the border. Simple passport control. No visa, no stamp.

Serbia
November 2007. Quick crossing. No visa, no stamp.

Bosnia-Herzegovina
November 2007. Simple stamp. Free of charge.

Montenegro
November 2007. No visa, no stamp.

Kosovo
December
2007. No visa, no stamp (it was just few days before independence).

Macedonia
December 2007. Simple stamp. Free.

Bulgaria
December 2007.
No visa, no stamp.

Greece
December 2007. No visa, no stamp.


Middle East

Turkey
December 2007. Three months stay free of charge obtained at the border.

Syria
January 2008.
15 days visa obtained at the Syrian embassy in Istanbul. To get it, I needed to acquire a recommendation letter from the French embassy.
Visa obtained in 3 days.
Cost of the visa : 25 euros
Cost of the recommendation letter : 18 euros

Jordan
February 2008.
One month visa obtained directly at the Amman border.
Extension made in Aqaba (for this, I needed to make fingers print in the police station, then getting the document given in exchange by the offer, then going to the visa immigration department).

Cost of the visa : 15 dollars

Israel
March 2008.
90 days visa free of charge in the Aqaba border.
It is possible to ask for a piece of paper apart, in order to receive the stamp. Be careful as well to your entrance stamp for the next country, if you cross it by land. The stamp “Taba” by car in Egypt, literally means that you come from Israel. If you want to travel after to Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen or Libya, this is a problem.


 

AFRICA

Egypt
March 2008.
One month one entrance visa made in the Aqaba consulate.
Two months extension made in Aswan.
Cost of the visa : 12 Jordan dinars (12 euros)
Cost of the extension : 3,10 Egyptian pounds

Sudan
April 2008.
One month visa obtained in the Aswan consulate. Three weeks waiting. Be careful to not have an Israel stamp on your passport.
Registration requested on the arrival in Wafi Alfa.
Cost of the visa : 100 dollars
Cost of the registration : 43 dollars

Ethiopia
May 2008.
One month visa obtained in the Khartoum embassy. One day waiting.
Be careful, the visa starts the day the passport in given back.
One month extension made in Addis Abeba.

Cost of the visa : 20 dollars
Cost of the extension : 20 dollars (careful, the extension can only be made in US dollars. No bank in Addis Abeba exchange Ethiopian Bihrr against US Dollar).

Kenya
June 2008.
Three months visa one entrance directly obtained in the Moyale border.
Cost of the visa : 50 dollars

Uganda
July 2008.
Three months visa one entrance directly obtained in the Busia border.
Cost of the visa : 50 dollars

Tanzania
August 2008.
Three months visa one entrance directly obtained in the Mutukula border.

Cost of the visa : 50 dollars

Malawi
September 2008.
Simple stamp at the border. 30 days free of charge.

Mozambique
October 2008.
One month visa obtained at the border.
Be careful, the immigration officer wanted to send me back to Blantyre to do the visa.

Cost of the visa : According to the French website diplomatie-gouvernement, it was 25 dollars for the French citizens. According to the immigration officer, it was 60 dollars. At the end, I didn't pay anything. Difficult to know.

South Africa
October 2008.
90 days free of charge obtained at the border.


 

CENTRAL AMERICA

Trinidad and Tobago
February 2009.
Three months stay free of charge obtained at the port of Charagamas.

Panama
March 2009, May 2010, March 2011.

Single stamp obtained at the port or the land border. 90 days stay.
Just a few dollars for taxes.


Costa Rica
March 2009, April 2010.
Simple stamp obtained at the border. 90 days free of charge.

Nicaragua/Honduras/El Salvador
March 2009, April 2010.
90 days stay obtained at the border. 7 dollars taxes.

Guatemala
April 2009, April 2010.
90 days stay free of charge at the border.

Belize
May 2009, April 2010.
One month stay obtained at the border. Exit tax when leaving the country.

Cost of the exit tax : 37,5 Belizean dollars (15 euros)

Cuba
March 2010.
30 days free of charge obtained at the port.


 

NORTH AMERICA

Mexico
May 2009.
Three months stay free of charge obtained at the border. Tax at the entrance.

Cost of the tax : 25 dollars.

United States
June 2009 (Texas), October 2009 (Alaska), November 2009 (North Dakota), December 2009 (Maine)
Three months stay obtained at the border. Few dollars for taxes.

Canada
September 2009.
Six months stay free of charge obtained at the border.


 

SOUTH AMERICA

Colombia
June 2010, March 2011.
Two months stay free of charge obtained at the border.

Ecuador
August 2010.
Three months stays free of charge obtained at the border. 1H30 waiting between the two immigration buildings.

Pery
August 2010.
Three months stay free of charge obtained at the border.

Bolivia
September 2010
.
30 days free of charge obtained at the border.

Chile
October 2010, November 2010.
Three months stay free of charge obtained at the border.

Argentina
November 2010.
Three months stay free of charge obtained at the border.

Uruguay
December 2010.
Three months stay free of charge obtained at the border.

Brazil
December 2010.
Three months free of charge obtained at the border.

Venezuela
February 2011.
Three months stay free of charge obtained at the border.

Ecuador (Galapagos)
April 2011.
Three months stay obtained at the port.
Cost of the entrance for the national park (obligatory to go on land) : 100 dollars


 

OCEANIA

French Polynesia
June 2011.
Three months stay free of charge (passport stamped even though French territory) obtained at the port of Tahiti.

Niue
July 2011.
30 days free of charge obtained at the port of Alofi.

Tonga
July 2011.
One month stay obtained at the port of Nuku'alofa. Entrance tax.
Cost of the tax : 15 dollars.

New Zealand
August 2011.
«
 Visitor visa » of three months free of charge obtained at the Marsden Cove marina. For a arrival by sea, be careful to notice the New Zealand immigration when at the last port.

Australia
November 2011.
«Working Holiday visa” of one year bought on internet.
« Maritime Crew visa » also necessary for an arrival by sea. Free of charge.

Cost of the visa : 250 Australian dollars (around 175 euros)


 

ASIA

Indonesia
April 2012.
30 days visa directly obtained at the Bali-Denpasar airport.
30 days extension made in 3 days at the Yogyakarta immigration office.
Cost of the visa : 25 dollars
Cost of the extension : 250 000 Indonesian Rupiah (around 25 dollars)

Malaysia
May 2012, June 2012.
90 days free of charge directly obtained at the port of Melaka and at the land border of Singapore.

Singapore
June 2012.
90 days free of charge directly obtained at the land border.

Thailand
June 2012.
Two months visa single entrance obtained in three days at the Kuala Lumpur embassy.

Cost of the visa : 110 Malaysian Ringgit (26 euros)

Cambodia
July 2012.
One month visa one entrance obtained in one hour in an agency in Aranya Prathet.
Cost of the visa : 1000 Baths (25 euros)
Cost of the agency service : 100 Baths (2,5 euros)

Vietnam
August 2012
.
One month visa obtained in one day in the Phnom Penh embassy. Be careful, you have to give the estimated entrance and exit day.

Cost of the visa : 45 dollars

Laos
September 2012.
30 days visa single entrance obtained in one hour in the Dien Bien Phu border.

Cost of the visa : 35 dollars

China
August 2012, November 2012, December 2012.
-30 days visa two entrances obtained in one week in the Phnom Penh embassy. Be careful, the second entrance restart the visa. You will have again 30 days.
Documents requested at the embassy: RIB, proof of 5000 euros on my bank account, one hotel booking for the first night in China (at least), description of the estimated journey in China, one form to fill.
-Two visa extension of 30 days made in Xi'an (in 1 week) and Urumqi (in 4 days).
Document requested in the PSB (Public Security Bureau): Proof of residency (simple paper obtained in a International hostel), passport, ID photo.
Cosr of the visa: 45 euros
Cost of the extension : 160 Chinese Yuan (20 euros)

Kazakhstan
November 2012.
30 days visa single entrance obtained in one week in the embassy of Beijing.
Be careful, you have to give the estimated days of entrance and exit.
Cost of the visa : 140 Chinese uans (23 dollars)
Cost of the Bank taxes: 10 Chinese yuans (1,5 dollars)

Kyrgyzstan
December 2012.
60 days free of charge obtained at the land border.

Uzbekistan
December 2012, February 2012.
30 days visa single entrance obtained in one week in the Almaty embassy and one week in the Dushanbe embassy. Be careful, you have to give the estimated days of entrance and exit.

Cost of the visa : 75 dollars
Cost of the administration tax in Dushanbe : 10 somonis (2 dollars)

Tajikistan
January 2013.
30 days visa single entrance obtained in one week in the embassy of Tashkent. Be careful, you have to give the estimated days of entrance and exit.
Cost of the visa : 55 dollars

Turkmenistan
February 2013.

5 days transit visa obtained in 22 days in the embassy of Tashkent. Be careful, you have to give the estimated days of entrance and exit.

Cost of the visa : 35 dollars
Cost of the tax at the border : 12 dollars

MIDDLE EAST

Iran
January
2013.
30 days visa single entrance obtained in one day (visa express) at the embassy of Bishkek.
Documents requested : one code from an Iran visa agency, as Iranianvisa.com. This agency delivered me the code in 33 days, and 9 more day to send it to the Bishkek embassy.

Cost of the visa : 75 euros for express
Cost of the code : 39 euros

Turkey
February 2013.
One month stay free of charge obtained at the border.


 

EUROPE

Bulgaria
March 2013. No visa, no stamp.

Romania
March 2013. No visa, no stamp.

Hungary
March 2013. No visa, no stamp.

Austria
March 2013. No visa, no stamp.

Germany
March 2013. No visa, no stamp.

 

France
March 2013. My ID is still enough to travel in my own country. 

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