Archive for March, 2010

Get a Brazil Visa To Visit Jaú National Park

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

To get to this week’s featured UNESCO World Heritage Site, you  must travel into the beating heart of the Amazon. Jaú National Park  is part of the Central Amazon Conservation Complex, the largest stretch of protected forest in the Amazon Basin.

The park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it shelters a unique variety of flora and fauna,  both on land and in the rivers that wind through it. For example,  the tropical rainforest ecosystem is home to jaguars, sloths, armadillos and uncountable numbers of birds.  In the rivers, you’ll find manatee, pink river dolphin, black caiman alligators, and the “living fossil” giant arapaima fish.

Watch out, though- Jaú National Park is also home to the widest variety of electric fish in world.

Currently, you need permission from the Brazilian government to visit the park, but that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible-just that you need t0 plan ahead and make sure you only deal with reputable tour operators who have the required permits to lead tours in the park.  This Wikitravel article is one good source of logistical information.

Brazil visa regulations require all American tourists to have a tourist visa in hand to enter the country.  Make sure to apply ahead of time, or you won’t be allowed to board your flight to Brazil.

Here’s what you need to apply

  • Your US passport, which needs to have an expiration date at least 6 months in the future and also needs to have at least 2 blank pages in the back so that the Brazil embassy has room to add the tourist visa.
  • One completed Brazil visa application
  • 2 passport-sized photos of yourself
  • A copy of your round-trip itinerary showing the dates you plan to enter and leave Brazil.
  • A  photocopy of your driver’s license or state-issued ID card. The copy must be clear and easy to read.
  • If you will be visiting friends or relatives while in Brazil, you also need a letter from your hosts.

To enter Brazil, you may be required to get a yellow fever vaccination. Vaccines are required of travelers who have been to any of the following countries in the past 3 months (90 days): Angola, Bolivia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, French Guiana, Gabon, Ghana, Gambia, Republic of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Peru, Sierra Leone, Sudan or Venezuela.

You should also be aware that Brazil has a “jurisdictional” visa system. That means that you have to apply at the specific Brazilian embassy or consulate that serves your home address.

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Vietnam Visa Requirements to Visit Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

This week’s featured UNESCO World Heritage Site is  in Vietnam, 500 kilometers south of Hanoi. Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park is located on the site of one of the world’s largest karst systems. Karst is a type of terrain that is distinguished by limestone rock formations and caves. Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park  contains 65-70 kilometers worth of caves and underwater rivers.

Of the 300 caves and grottoes located in the park, only 20 have been studied and mapped.  The most spectacular of these caves is Phong Nha Cave, which is 7729 meters long.  Although tourists are only allowed to see the first 1,500 meters of the cave,  it is a popular destination due to its numerous grottoes and 13,969 meter-long underground river.

Phong Na cave is also filled with fascinating rock formations that have been given fanciful names like the Lion, the Fairy Caves, the Royal Court and the Buddha.

The park also boasts the world’s largest cave, called Son Doong Cave.

Above ground, the park is covered with evergreen forests. It is home to rare orchids and many different species of animals, including monkeys, deer, guar (a type of wild cow), bears, antelopes and the pangolin, or scaly antelope.

To get to Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, you need both a valid passport and  a visa. Vietnam visa regulations do not allow visas to be issued on arrival, so you will need to apply in advance.

Here are the required documents for US tourists applying for a Vietnamese visa:

  • Your US passport
  • A completed Vietnamese visa application
  • A recent passport photo, taken within the past 6 months.

Also, if you need a multiple-entry visa, make sure you specify that when you apply-otherwise, the default is a single-entry visa.

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Indian Visa Requirements For Tourists

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Tourism is an important and growing industry in India. From across the globe, visitors come to witness spectacular landscapes, ancient temples and historical monuments, wildlife, beaches and much more.

According to Wikipedia, 5 million foreign tourists travel to India each year. The amount of money that tourism pumps into the Indian economy is expected to grow 9.4% each year between now and 2018, leading the World Travel and Tourism Council to call India a “tourism hotspot.”

American citizens visiting India for tourism are required to carry both a valid passport and an Indian tourist visa.  You need to apply ahead of time for the visa, as you won’t be allowed to travel or enter India without it.  Here are the documents you’ll need when you apply:

  • Your US passport
  • 2 recent passport-sized photos, taken within the past 6 months. You may not wear glasses for the photos.
  • A completed Indian visa application form. To ensure that your visa application is approved, write clearly and proofread the application carefully for mistakes.  Make sure that you enter in “tourism” in the section that asks you to state why you are traveling to India.
  • A photocopy of your plane tickets or your itinerary.
  • A legible copy of your driver’s license or  a utility bill showing your name and address.
  • A copy of your birth certificate

India’s visa system is jurisdictional, so you must submit your Indian visa application to the embassy or consulate that serves your home address.

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Ethiopian Visa Requirements for Tourists

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Ethiopia offers a variety of advantages to tourists, including a friendly, welcoming culture, a fascinating history and a host of unforgettable destinations.  Oh, and did I mention that they have some of the best coffee in the world? Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, and the country’s cafe culture rivals that of Europe.

If you are going sight-seeing in Ethiopia  consider hiring a driver to take you around the countryside. According to Gadling.com, this is the best way to experience the beauty of the landscape and the warmth of the local people.

Enjoy your trip, but make sure that you have all of the appropriate documents in hand before you leave.  American citizens traveling to Ethiopia need more than just passports.  You will also need an Ethiopian visa, even if you are just going as a tourist.

Make sure you have your Ethiopian visa in hand before you leave the US. In theory, visas are available on arrival at the airport. However, according to the US Department of State , in practice travelers who arrive at the airport sans visa are often turned away.

Here’s what you need to apply for an Ethiopian visa:

  • 1 completed Ethiopian visa application  form
  • 1 passport-sized photo of yourself
  • A copy of your round-trip itinerary
  • Your US passport

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Benin Visa Requirements For Tourists

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Benin is a country in Western Africa.  Although the crime rate can be high in some areas,  according to the Lonely Planet it is one of the best countries in the region to travel in.

Benin has a rich (but dark) history that makes for some interesting site-seeing opportunities. It was one of the centers of the slave trade in Africa, and today you can trace the path that took millions of Africans away from Africa and into lives of bondage. There is a memorial set up at the Point of No Return.

You can also see the throne of Ghézo, an important king of the Dahomey empire. The throne is mounted on real  human skulls.  This is the original home of the Voodoo religion, and many of the people who live there still practice it,  so you can also shop “fetish markets” for preserved animal heads and other voodoo-related trinkets.

American citizens visiting Benin are required to have a passport and a Benin visa. Here is a brief rundown of Benin’s visa requirements for tourists:

  • 1 completed Benin visa application form
  • 1 passport photo
  • An international certificate of vaccination for yellow fever. Many countries will allow you to send in a copy of your yellow fever vaccine certificate, but not Benin. You must send the original.
  • A copy of your round-trip itinerary.

Benin does not issue visas at the airport, so plan ahead and apply for yours in advance. RushMyTravelVisa  can help you apply for your Benin visa, providing you with personal assistance from an experienced visa specialists to make sure that all of your application paperwork is in order. Then, we deliver your Benin visa application to the appropriate embassy or consulate for the fastest possible processing.

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Bolivian Visa Requirements to Visit The Ancient City of Tiwanaku

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

This week’s UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in Bolivia. Once upon a time (more precisely, from between 300 to 1000 AD), the city of Tiwanaku was the center of a great empire. According to Wikipedia, the people that lived there used an ingenious form of agriculture called “suka kollus,” growing crops in raised fields separated by flooded canals. The canals kept the crops irrigated during the hot days and protected them against freezing during the cold nights.

Supported by these agricultural techniques, the city grew to 6.5 square kilometers, and had between 15,000 – 30,000 inhabitants when it was at its largest point.

Tiwanaku also brought other cities under its leadership, sometimes through trade and treaties, sometimes by force. The city expanded its territory to include parts of modern-day Peru, Bolivia and Chile. Around 1000 AD, the empire fell, possibly because a drought led to decreased food production.  However, the city’s monumental architecture remained and has been excavated along with other artifacts.

UNESCO’s web site notes that the city’s ” monumental remains testify to the cultural and political significance of this civilisation, which is distinct from any of the other pre-Hispanic empires of the Americas.”

To see Tiwanaku, you need a US passport and a Bolivian visa. Tourists can apply for a Bolivian visa upon arrival at the airport, but of course you’ll get out of the airport faster and with less stress if you get one before you leave the States. Here is what is required to get a Bolivian tourist visa:

  • 1 completed Bolivian visa application form.
  • A valid US passport
  • 1 passport photo
  • Your hotel confirmation, if you are staying in a hotel.
  • A letter of invitation if you are staying with someone in a private home.
  • A copy of a roundtrip airline ticket.  However, if you are planning on touring South America by bus or by car instead of flying in, you can submit a statement saying when and where you plan to enter and exit the exit the country.
  • A recent bank or credit card statement showing that you have enough cash or credit to cover the cost of your trip.
  • An international yellow fever vaccination certificate.

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Nepal Visa Requirements for the Great Himalayan Trail

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Backpackers, rejoice…the Great Himalayan Trail will be open for business starting next year!  Well, part of it, anyway.

The idea behind the Great Himalayan Trail was to be able to hike straight from the western boundary of the mighty mountain chain at Nanga Parbat mountain in Pakistan all the way to Namche Barwa in Tibet. The completed trail will pass through 5 countries: Bhutan, China, India, Nepal and Pakistan. It will be 4,500 kilometers long-just 50o kilometers shorter than tthe US Continental Divide Trail.

However, the trail is still under construction, and so far only the section in Nepal is ready for travelers. World Expeditions will begin offering guided hikes along the 1,700 kilometer section of the trail in Nepal in February 2011.

In a press release, Brad Atwal, World Expeditions’ UK Manager, explained why the Great Himalayan Trail is good news not only for backpackers, but for Nepalese communities as well:

“While each section of the Great Himalaya Trail offers something distinctive and different, the entire traverse is united by the cause of exploring the paths less travelled and benefiting the most remote communities. In line with World Expeditions’ ethos, the financial benefits from these treks will be injected directly back into the host communities, many that never see a penny from tourism, through the ethical use of local guides, porters and carriers, as well as travellers’ purchase of food, drinks and authentic hand crafted artefacts.”

To hike the Great Himalayan Trail, you’ll need more than strength and stamina.  First, you also need time- 157 days for the entire trek, although you can break it up into chunks if you  don’t want to thru-hike.

You’ll also need money-the trek costs £20,500, not including the cost of airfare to get to Nepal.

American citizens also need a US passport and a Nepal visa, as well as a trekking permit.  You can apply for your visa at the airport when you arrive in Nepal or you can apply ahead of time. Here’s what you will need to get the visa:

  • Your US passport
  • A Nepal visa application
  • 1 passport photo
  • Visa fees: a three-month multiple entry visa is  $100

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Mali Visa Requirements for Hiking in Dogon Country

Friday, March 19th, 2010

The Dogon are an African ethnic group that live in the central plateau region of Mali. Isolated, they have retained a fairly traditional lifestyle. The Dogon are known for their unique architecture, their sculptures and carved wooden masks, and their mythology.

Now, according to the New York Times, the area they live in is becoming  a more popular destination for tourists looking for a unique travel experience. With the help of a local guide, you can hike between different Dogon villages, and even to the caves where they bury their dead.

However, there are a few important things that you need to be aware of before you go.  First, expect primitive accommodations, and come prepared. Second, make sure you get a knowledgeable, reputable guide! The writer for the New York Times had an excellent guide, and the trip went well.

However, in this post on Bugbog.com, the writer was not able to find a quality guide in his price range and ended up paying an alcoholic man who proved himself  “useless as either informant or interpreter.” If possible, try to get recommendations from someone who traveled to Mali previously.

You also need to obtain the proper documents before traveling to Mali. American citizens are required to have both a US passport and a Mali visa. Here’s what you need to get a Mali tourist visa:

  • 2 completed Mali visa application forms
  • 2 passport-sized photos of yourself
  • If you are staying in a hotel, a  hotel confirmation is required.
  • If you are entering on a tourist visa but staying with friends or family in Mali, you need an  invitation letter from your hosts.
  • A copy of your International Certificate of Vaccination for  yellow fever.
  • A  copy of your round-trip itinerary
  • Your US passport

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Vietnam Visa Requirements For Tourists

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Tourism is a growing industry in Vietnam.  According to Wikipedia, the tourism industry in Vietnam grew 63 percent between the years of 1999 and 2004. About 8 or 9 percent of the foreign tourists who visited Vietnam in 2004 were from the US.

This year, in 2010, the government of Vietnam is celebrating a National Year of Tourism, so it’s a particularly exciting time to visit.

However, American citizens visiting Vietnam must have Vietnamese visas.  To get a Vietnamese tourist visa,  you need the following documents:

  • Your US passport
  • A completed Vietnamese visa application
  • A recent passport photo, taken within the past 6 months.

Also, you must apply ahead of time to get a Vietnamese visa. Some countries will issue tourist visas to travelers when they arrive at the airport, but Vietnam is not one of these. In fact, if you show up without a visa, you can expect to be immediately deported.

A few other things you should know about Vietnam visas for tourists:

Vietnam tourist visas are typically single-entry.  If your itinerary requires you to enter and exit Vietnam more than once, you must specify that you need a multiple-entry visa when you apply.

Also, if you plan to continue from Vietnam into Laos, make sure you get the type of Vietnamese visa that is adhered to the passport.  If your visa is detachable, the Vietnamese border officials will take it off when you leave Vietnam; however, Laos border officials require that you have a Vietnamese visa in your passport to enter Laos from Vietnam.

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Brazilian Visa Requirements For Tourists

Monday, March 15th, 2010

The tourism industry in Brazil began growing in leaps and bounds after the year 2000, and today it is an important part of the Brazilian economy. According to Wikipedia, Brazil is now the fourth-largest tourist destination in the Americas. Although Brazil has a thriving domestic tourism industry, it is also a popular destination for international tourism. In fact, in 2008,  5.78 billion foreign tourists visited Brazil.

Brazil’s most popular tourist destinations for international visitors are mainly natural attractions like the country’s lush rainforests and sugar-sand beaches. (See our article on Brazil’s beaches for a rundown on the most popular places to swim and sunbathe.)

Although Brazil welcomes tourists, American citizens still need visas to enter the country.  Here are the documents required to get a Brazilian tourist visa:

  • Your US passport. Your passport must be valid, with at least 6 months of validity left before it expires. Also, you will need at least 2 blank pages in the back for the Brazilian visa.
  • One completed Brazilian visa application
  • 2 passport-sized photos
  • A copy of your itinerary showing the dates you plan to enter and leave Brazil.
  • A  photocopy of your driver’s license or state-issued ID card. The copy must be legible.
  • If you will be visiting friends or relatives, you also need a letter from your hosts.

To enter Brazil, you may also need a yellow fever vaccination. Vaccines are required of travelers who have been to any of the following countries in the past 3 months (90 days): Angola, Bolivia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, French Guiana, Gabon, Ghana, Gambia, Republic of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Peru, Sierra Leone, Sudan or Venezuela.

Also, keep in mind that Brazil has a “jurisdictional” visa system. That means that you have to apply at the correct Brazilian embassy or consulate that serves your area.

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