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Posted by Bukky Enuha on Thursday, March 6, 2014 Under: Tourism, Travels & Tours



Visa & Immunization Issues

So you’ve finally decided to visit long lost relatives in London, going shopping in Dubai, or visiting the city of New York after graduation. Chances are, you’re going to need a visa. Heading to Africa for the Peace Corps, or kayaking in Brazil’s rainforest? You’ll probably need a few shots too.

Every time you head outside your country, you’re going to need a passport and probably a visa. But what countries require visas and what are their requirements? While we’re not going to list every country visa requirements, we will give you a general idea of what to expect depending on your nationality. Visit www.mjftravels.co.za for detailed information.
Obtaining a visa

If you are traveling to a country that requires a visa, the most common way to obtain your visa is to visit the nearest embassy or foreign consular representative. Some countries will allow you to obtain your visa at the point of entry, but make sure you verify this before you board the flight so as to avoid a quick return home.

General Requirements for a Visitor’s Visa:

• A valid passport valid for 6 Months after date of return
• 2- 4 Passport Photographs
• Accommodation: Hotel Booking or invitation  letter from family or friend
• Air Ticket: Copy of return air ticket or planned Itinerary preferably from a Travel Agent
• Employment Letter: A letter from your employer stating the position you hold, your leave
  dates approved, and when you are expected to return to your position.
• Bank Statements: 3 – 6 months original bank statements.
• Foreign National would be required to produce proof of legal residence permit
• Processing time: From 2- 21 working days depending on embassy

Kindly ensure all photocopies of original documents have been made prior to submission. Some embassies require every applicant to appear in person irrespective whether you have had a previous visa or not.

Immunizations

Once you’ve got your passport and visa handled, for travel to certain regions, immunizations and vaccinations are the next big hurdle. Check with your local healthcare provider and make sure your appointment is set for at least four weeks before you travel. The big three are Yellow Fever, Malaria and Measles (in some cases you will actually be required to show proof of vaccination against Yellow Fever).

The other main diseases and infections that you should consider are those carried by food and water, such as E Coli and Cholera; and those carried by person to person contact, such as Hepatitis B and HIV/AIDS. Now that you know the ropes, it's time to get out there and see the world. Choose your destination and make sure to go during a season you'll enjoy.



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