Archive for March, 2010

Get a Brazil Visa To Visit Jaú National Park

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

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

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

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Ethiopian Visa Requirements for Tourists

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, 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

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.

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