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    Passports, Vias, and Tigers, oh my!

    I have a question for those of you who do multi-country international touring (IE, the family who hopped on a Bike and went from Alaska to South America). How do you handle getting visas for each individual country? Do you get them ahead of time? Or are they mostly friendly countries where a visa isn't required ahead of time?

    My only experience traveling internationally is in eastern Europe, where visas were mandated ahead of time by the government. I was wondering how most of you cross across the borders unhindered?

    And nothing about tigers.. I just needed something to complete the phrase.

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    It depends on where you are going.... and what passport you have.

    For most from OECD countries, places like Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia Turkey have 30 to 90 days on arrival.

    China, India, Vietnam, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan require a visa be obtained from an embassy before you arrive.

    I will have to spend a week in Urumqi in northwest China to get some visas to go through central Asia.

    z

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    it takes planning. you need to know which countries require a visa (depends
    on your passport), which have visa on arrival at airports, which have true visa on
    arrival at land crossings, which land crossings allow which kind of visa, which
    countries have e-visa systems and whether they can be used other than at
    airports.

    you need to research the validity dates of visas, when they expire, how long
    is each entry, whether they can be extended within country.

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    I've biked in eight foreign countries so far (everything between Mexico and Panama), none of which required a visa for those carrying U.S. passports. Panama had a tourist card requirement, which was easily purchased at the border crossing without advance notification. I've also been to Peru and Chile, and no visas were required in either of those places at the time, but it has been awhile.

    If you will be traveling on a U.S. passport, check for the Entry/Exit requirements for the countries you plan to visit on the Country Specific Information page at the State Department website.

    If not traveling on a U.S. passport, either check with your country's appropriate department or with the individual countries you plan to visit.

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