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Passport vs Visa

Passport vs Visa

People may struggle to understand the difference between a passport and a visa, especially when they are holders of very powerful passports, with which they can visit most of the countries of the world without the need of obtaining a visa first they still have pretty a huge difference. While the government of a particular country issues visas to foreigners wishing to visit that country, passports are issued to the citizens of their own country and enable them to visit other countries.

Although a visa can sometimes be a must in order to be able to travel somewhere, it does not always guarantee you will enter that country since the border guard makes the final call. To travel to some countries you may require a visa and in some cases, you are only required to have a valid passport because of a visa-free agreement between countries.


Visa on Arrival


A visa on arrival, as its name suggests, is obtained upon arrival at the port of entry of the country that issues it. It is usually issued in the form of a stamp in one of the pages of a traveler’s passport. Some countries issue it in the form of a card or printed document.

In order to be eligible to apply for a Visa on Arrival to your destination country, you should:

Possess a valid passport.


Be entering the country for tourism or business purposes.
Be a national of one of the countries that fall under the VOA program.
Be a frequent visitor to that country.

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