Borders: easy to travel or impossible

@maximax8 (27344)
United Kingdom
April 12, 2011 2:48pm CST
From my home country there is a channel tunnel into France. It is very easy to cross a border in Europe with a British Passport. I don't like needing a visa to go to a particular country and think a passport should be enough. There is an overland route from London to Kathmandu. However after Turkey it would be way too challenging to get a visa for Iran. Then there might be danger in Pakistan on the next leg of the journey. Going into India and then up to Nepal would be quite straight forward. If the person doesn't mind expensive visas traveling by train from London to Beijing via Mongolia is possible. There is another route via the Silk Route which sounds exciting. It is not possible to enter Burma overland. Its borders are closed for foreigners. Have you ever needed a visa? If so was it easy to get or difficult? Would you like to go on an overland trip through a number of different countries Why are some borders closed?
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@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
12 Apr 11
A friend of mine went to Australia via train and boat. I think they didn't have any problems getting the right visas on a student budgets, finding the right boats in South Asia was worse :-) I've been to the US a couple of times, and I got visas for Australia and Japan, but not something I had to apply for in advance. I haven't been back to the US since they changed the rules so you have to have either one of those machine readable passports or make an appointment with the embassy. One thing is that they suspect everyone of being a terrorist, I don't mind that half as much as the thing that they seem convinced I'd want to stay. Why would I want to stay there? If I'm going to move to another country, I'd go somewhere in Europe or down under, not across the pond :-) I'd love to travel all around the world, but some countries have borders you can't cross, other countries are too warm (for me at least) and some have too many weird religious rules. But I'd really like to do the one through Russia to Asia at some point. Maybe I should ask my friend if he'd like to do it again :-)
@maximax8 (27344)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr 11
Wow! I am happy to read that your friend traveled my train and boat Australia. When I was in Darwin in Australia. I saw a notice about a ship with space for passengers on a 14 night voyage to Bali. I traveled to Sumatra and met a Danish couple wanting to get to Java. They were having a very exciting journey going over sea and land. They had wanted to sail directly from Singapore to Jakarta but that wasn't possible. I fond some of the ferries in Indonesia were in a very poor condition. I hope that you will travel across Europe and then through Asia and know sailing across the Atlantic would be much fun.
@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
15 Apr 11
I think they did it because one of the blokes he was travelling with refused to take a plane at all. The rest of them went back with plane, but the last one got a job on a freight ship going to the Middle East, then went from there to Turkey in some way and then with train through Europe. I somehow wish I had the time and the money to travel around in that way. You get to see so much more than when you go with plane.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
12 Apr 11
I have had seceral visas inclusing for Nepal and India and confess to having no trouble at all in getting them. But that's probably because in almost every case I was working and they were arranged and paid for (where appropriate) for me. I do not like air travel, more accurately I do not like all the hangind around and geberal dehumaisation that goes with it. I love overland travel and take the train when I can. I have not been longer than Londond to Vienna that way though. Now the Silk Roite is romantic. Maybe when I win the lottery!!
@p1kef1sh (45642)
12 Apr 11
Typos - should read "hanging around and general dehumanisation..." and "Silk Route.."
@maximax8 (27344)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr 11
I hope that one day you will be able to afford to go the Silk Route. I can see that you find airports boring and invasive. Traveling by train is understandably much more interesting for you.
@SViswan (12072)
• India
13 Apr 11
Most places I've visited are places where my father worked. And since he worked in top positions in good companies, getting a visa to visit him was never a problem...and even when we went on holidays (before I was married), visas have never been a problem. After marriage, we haven't really travelled outside the country (except to visit my parents in Africa). So, never needed a visa.
@maximax8 (27344)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr 11
It was lovely that your father worked overseas and managed to get the visas for you. I am pleased you are getting visas quite easily now that you are married. It is lovely that your parents live in Africa and you can visit them fairly easily.
13 Apr 11
I don't think I would like to go that far by land anyway as I much prefer to fly but, I guess it would be ideal for those who don't like flyinh or love going on trains!
@maximax8 (27344)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr 11
Hi Frankie. Yes, going overland is perfect for those that are scared to fly on a plane. I think a train makes the journey really relaxing. I can see that you prefer to fly because of the speed and convenience.
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
12 Apr 11
i am in canada but live fairly close to the us and it used to be way easier to cross into the us but now they require passports to enter.
@maximax8 (27344)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr 11
These days it is necessary to carry a passport and then there is photographic evidence of identity. There are very long lines of people in Mexico at the border waiting to get back into the USA.
@neenie (344)
• United States
12 Apr 11
I live in the US and the only other country I've been to is Canada, which is fairly easy to get into. You used to just be able to drive over there with a license but now you either need a passport or enhanced license, which is still very easy. But here's a scary border story. My boyfriend and I once wanted to go to Niagara Falls, on the American side one night. We drove up there thinking we were not going to cross the border and we had a car full of construction tools. So we drive up there and somehow wind up in this parking lot. This parking lot that you literally have the only option to cross the border. It had spike strips so you couldn't go back to American soil. So we had to go over to Canada, which was no big deal and we spent a few hours over there. But then coming back, we got questioned by the US border patrol about the tools in the back and stuff.. I was so scared lol. They finally let us back into the country but Border Patrol is scary!
@maximax8 (27344)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr 11
Canada is a joy to travel in. I am pleased that it is easy for you to get into. Yes, it is worth checking over a car that is planning to cross an international border. The US border control didn't seem to understand all the tools being in the car. I think that there are two sides to the Niagara Falls: the USA side and the Canadian side which you ended up in. Seeing the spike strips kept you going upwards hey.