Budget Travel put together a list of 8 Countries That Don’t Roll Out The Welcome Mat.
When they say the welcome mat, BT is talking about allowing tourists to enter the country without paying (mostly) hefty fees for a visa. The visa fee is not the only issue, getting approved for it can be a major pain in the… well you know what.
Here is the list along with fees for U.S. citizens:
- India– $68- apply at least one month in advance
- Russia– $173- apply at least 90 days in advance
- China– $140- apply one month in advance
- Brazil– $160- at least one month in advance
- Bhutan– $40- apply at least 3 months in advance
- Iran– $128- apply at least 3 months in advance
- Kazakhstan– $160- apply one month in advance
- Saudi Arabia– $500- at least 2 weeks in advance
From this list Kim and I have paid to get pricey visas to visit Brazil and Russia.
The Brazilian visa was annoying due to needing to make a couple of trips into Manhattan to get it taken care of. Last year we visited Russia and getting all of the items needed for the visa was a real pain. The instructions are not so clear (invitation letter among other things) and good luck trying to reach someone on the phone to clarify things.
Another very expensive visa (reciprocity fee) that we paid for in the past was Chile- $160. However, Chile was just added to the visa waiver program. Starting May 1- Chileans will no longer need a visa to visit the US and Americans will no longer have to pay the $160 reciprocity fee.
Find out more in the Budget Travel article HERE.