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You are responsible for your own visa’s. Visas for some journeys in this Escorted Tours section can take many weeks to be issued and the process can be quite complicated. The visa requirements for your trip will vary depending on where you are from and where you are going.

The list below is a guideline only; please note that prices and conditions can change at anytime without notice. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months’ validity on your passport. If you have dual nationality you can only use one passport. 

We are able to help with most Visas. Please contact us for further information.



Costa Rica

Australia: Not required / Belgium: Not required / Canada: Not required / Germany: Not required / Ireland: Not required / Netherlands: Not required / New Zealand: Not required / South Africa: Yes – in advance / Switzerland: Not required / United Kingdom: Not required / USA: Not required

Panama

Australia: Yes – on arrival / Belgium: Not required / Canada: Yes – on arrival / Germany: Not required / Ireland: Not required / Netherlands: Not required / New Zealand: Yes – on arrival / South Africa: Yes – in advance / Switzerland: Not required / United Kingdom: Not required / USA: Yes – on arrival
*The cost of a tourist card on arrival varies by nationality.

Sri Lanka

Australia: Yes – in advance / Belgium: Yes – in advance / Canada: Yes – in advance / Germany: Yes – in advance / Ireland: Yes – in advance / Netherlands: Yes – in advance / New Zealand: Yes – in advance / South Africa: Yes – in advance / Switzerland: Yes – in advance / United Kingdom: Yes – in advance / USA: Yes – in advance

Bhutan

All nationalities require a visa for entry to Bhutan, except Indian nationals holding a valid Indian passport. Visas must be obtained in advance.
You must show a copy of your Group visa at the check-in for your flight to Bhutan and on arrival at immigration in Bhutan where you will have your Bhutan visa stamped into your passport. We provide a group visa for our Escorted Group tours in Bhutan, which stipulates that all travelers must arrive and depart on the same day as our tour program.

India

Australia: Yes – in advance / Belgium: Yes – in advance / Canada: Yes – in advance / Germany: Yes – in advance / Ireland: Yes – in advance / Netherlands: Yes – in advance / New Zealand: Yes – in advance OR on arrival* / South Africa: Yes – in advance / Switzerland: Yes – in advance / United Kingdom: Yes – in advance / USA: Yes – in advance

There is no visa on arrival in India for most nationalities. Tourist visas are available in Single and Multiple Entry. Be sure to check the date you require a visa from and the length of time you will need to cover, especially if you change countries during your trip. *Visa on arrival is available for select nationalities, including New Zealanders provided that specific criteria can be met.

Nepal

All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from the International airport, on arrival at the India / Nepal border or at your local Embassy before departure.

Getting a visa at the airport can sometimes take time due to long queues. You will need to provide two passport photos and the following fees in USD CASH.
– Multi entry visa valid for 15 days – US$25,
– Multi entry visa valid for 30 days – US$40,
– Multi entry visa valid for 90 days – US$100

NEPAL – FROM TIBET:
Australia: Yes – on arrival / Belgium: Yes – on arrival / Canada: Yes – on arrival / Germany: Yes – on arrival  / Ireland: Yes – on arrival / Netherlands: Yes – on arrival  / New Zealand: Yes – on arrival  / South Africa: Yes – on arrival / Switzerland: Yes – on arrival  / United Kingdom: Yes – on arrival  / USA: Yes – on arrival

Tibet

Tibet is a province of China and all travelers require a Chinese visa. Current regulations require that all foreign visitors entering Tibet from Nepal do so on a Group Visa.

Please be aware that Tibet is a politically sensitive area of China which has, in the past, been closed to foreign travelers without warning. A change in the political situation can lead to unforeseen delays in issuing visas and permits. We will keep our guests as up to date as possible with any changes, however these are often made without any official announcement by authorities and as such are out of our control

Myanmar (Burma)

Visas on arrival to Burma are currently unavailable. You need to obtain your visa prior to departure.

Australia: Yes – in advance / Belgium: Yes – in advance / Canada: Yes – in advance / Germany Yes – in advance / Ireland: Yes – in advance / Netherlands: Yes – in advance / New Zealand: Yes – in advance / South Africa: Yes – in advance / Switzerland: Yes – in advance / United Kingdom: Yes – in advance / USA: Yes – in advance

Iran

Almost all foreign visitors require a visa to enter Iran. Iranian visas are issued in a two step process:
1. An authorisation code for your visa must be issued by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2. A visa for your passport must then be obtained at an Iranian Embassy once the authorisation code has been issued.

An Authorisation code / Visa Approval number and Iran Invite Number all have the same meaning but can be displayed as different names on different forms. Please note the Iranian Embassy also now require a letter of authorisation to be submitted with your
visa application form.

A visa will be flatly refused if your passport contains evidence of travel to Israel. Note: this is not confined to just an Israeli stamp in your passport. You will be refused an Iranian visa if there’s an Egyptian entry or exit stamp from the Egyptian/Israeli border (at Taba or Rafah) or a Jordanian entry or exit stamp from the Jordanian/Israeli border (at Wadi Araba near Aqaba, Sheikh Hussein bridge or King Hussein bridge, otherwise known as the Allenby bridge) in your passport. Even without actually having an Israeli stamp in your passport, these exit or entry stamps prove that you have visited Israel and entry into Iran will be disallowed.

Please note that US, British and Canadian passport holders will need to have at least 2 months before departure as this is the length of time it takes to get the visa processed for these nationalities. In addition, the following travel restriction applies: Passengers of the above nationalities must visit Iran on a guided tour and must pre-book all extra accommodation and airport transfers with the same operator. They will only be issued with a visa authorization code once all services are confirmed and only for the exact time they have booked the relevant services.

A 2 week visa is available on arrival at the following airports for approximately US$50. *Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport / *Tehran Mehrabad Airport / *Mashad Airport / *Shiraz Airport / *Tabriz Airport / *Isfahan Airport

Chile

Australia: Not required / Belgium: Not required / Canada: Not required / Germany: Not required Ireland: Not required / Netherlands: Not required / New Zealand: Not required / South Africa: Not required / Switzerland: Not required / United Kingdom: Not required / United States: Not required

All passengers with passports from Australia, Canada, United States and Mexico must pay a reciprocity tax before entering Interpol control. The amounts are as follows:
Australia – US$100
Canada – US$132
United States – US$150
This tax applies only to travellers entering Chile via its international airport in Santiago. This tax doesn’t apply to those entering Chile by another form of transport.

Bolivia

Australia: Not required / Belgium: Not required / Canada: Not required / Germany: Not required / Ireland: Not required / Netherlands: Not required / New Zealand: Not required / South Africa: Not required / Switzerland: Not required / United Kingdom: Not required / United States: Yes – in advance.