Do you find it easy or difficult to get visas?

@maximax8 (28558)
United Kingdom
September 7, 2008 10:15am CST
I have a British passport. I used to live near London so found it easy to visit embassies to get visas. I got a work permit for Finland, a tourist visa for Hungary and working holiday visas for Australia and New Zealand. In Israel I paid a lot to get a tourist visa for Jordan. Twice I have wanted to get a visa for Russia and have not been able to. It was too expensive and much paperwork was necessary. Did you have to get a visa to go to a country? If so was that easy or difficult to arrange?
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
7 Sep 08
Thankfully I have never had too many issues when it comes to getting a visa granted. Sure I have had to go through a lot of bureaucratic crap in places such as India but this was just process and nothing more. I am fortunate to have both an Australian AND British passport and between the two of them I don't seem to need visas for most countries. The working visa for India was probably the most complex and time consuming one for me to get though.
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
7 Sep 08
Wow! I wish I had two passports but I just have a British passport. For years I had a passport with evidence of a trip to Israel in it. I was delighted when I got my latest passport. You did very well to get a working visa for India. Which profession do you work in?
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
7 Sep 08
I am responsible for global business development for a communications technology firm but have actually just resigned this job to set up a new company in the USA. I expect to be leaving Cairo by the end of the year. I have been fortunate to have represented the company in three different foreign countries now but it is time for new beginnings!
@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
8 Sep 08
The process to get our immigrant visas to the USA was lengthy but not that difficult. Lots of forms to fill in, doctors visits, lots of money spent on fees and airfares to get from Samoa to NZ for the interviews and await our passports and then more airfare costs to fly to USA. In total it took about 3 months for my son and I to get our green card, and after we entered the USA, my son's card arrived two weeks later and mine arrived a month later :)
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
8 Sep 08
I have never applied for a visa... when i passed by USA on my way to Cuba... travelling without visa was still allowed... but today it's not... i have only been to countries that do not require a visa... like Malaysia and Jamaica... it is quite expensive to apply for a US visa and there is no assurance that the application will be approved...
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
8 Sep 08
It's all changed since I travelled through Europe, but back in 1966 you needed visas to go from country to country. Most were available at the boarder, however you had to plan your aganda well in advance, s some visa's took time. I remember being delayed in London waiting for a the Czeckoslovakian - as it was in those days - and being refused permission to Albania and Poland. Australian passports isued at that time were stamped "Not valid in Veitnam" and this raised a few eyebrows.