Visa Matters

If you are a US citizen, or a EU citizen… it seems that travelling abroad becomes as simple as getting your passport and your suitcase ready. There are, like, 3 countries that require entry visa for US citizens. And most probably, you don’t want to go there anyway. Ok, maybe not literally 3… but it might as well compared to a non-US, non-major-country-who-had-colonized-half-of-the-world citizen like yours truly here.

On the plus side, studying, living, and working in the US for 10+years a non-citizen has granted me with the zen required in dealing with immigration paperwork. While, Jack, would rather pull his fingernail one by one than spending hours on the internet and on the road, running around town making money orders and having your photos taken, I tend to take things in stride.

Having said that, nobody likes dealing with immigration officials. So, I have compiled a list of countries that I consider Jill-friendly. Countries that either require no-visa, or has visa-on-arrival available:

Asia
Brunei 14 days
Malaysia 30 days
Philippines 21 days
Singapore 30 days
Thailand 30 days
Vietnam 30 days
Hong Kong 30 days
Macau 30 days
Taiwan 30 days
Iran 15 days
Maldives 30 days
Sri Lanka 30 days

Cambodia 30 Days
Laos 30 Days
Jordan 1 month
Nepal 60 days
Oman 1 month
Tajikistan 45 days
East Timor 30 days

Oceania
Fiji 4 months
Niue 30 days
Bahamas
Jamaica

Americas
Bermuda 6 months
Canada
Costa Rica 30 days
Cuba 30 days
Jamaica 6 months
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 months
Chile 90 days
Colombia 90 days
Ecuador 90 days
Haiti 3 months
Peru 90 days
Mexico

Africa
Morocco 3 months
Seychelles 1 month
Comoros 90 days
Mozambique 30 days
Tanzania 3 months (update Sept 24: on-arrival visa available for, but highly recommended to get one prior to visit)
Zambia 3 months (update Sept 24: unable to confirm this)
Zimbabwe 3 months

With so many countries that we can easily go to, gosh, it just makes sense that we’ll craft our itinerary around the above list rather than wasting time and money running from one consulate to another.

6 Replies to “Visa Matters”

  1. Hi Jill,

    Thanks for the list!!! I'm an Indonesian too and as much as I'm used to the whole process of getting a visa, it'll be awesome to go to a country without any preparation 🙂

  2. I totally understand your predicament, I'm a Malaysian citizen so while the rest of my travelmates simply have to show up at immigration to get through, most times I'm running around weeks beforehand trying to get appointments at consulates in order to get a visa! Argh! Why can't we all just be global citizens?! That would make life so much easier.

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