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When thinking about travelling, I often have to think about a place to visit, and then look up visa rules for that particular country. This can be a fairly painful process because official government sites can often be hard to find, and advice on (say) guidebooks or Wikitravel tends to be generic.

Is there any resource where I can enter my nationality/residency, and then look up a list of visa rules for various countries?

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A couple of resources that I find useful:

  • IATA TravelCentre: A comprehensive listing of visa, health, customs (in its British English, not American English, definition) for different destinations compiled by IATA. I have found this is fairly accurate. The form, however, is cumbersome as it asks you to fill in far too many details than required.
  • Visa Guru: I discovered this website fairly recently. It's simple in that it allows you to choose what country's passport you hold, and then show a list of countries that have visa-free or visa-on-arrival entry. This is good for a brief overview use it with caution. As of now, it sometimes misses out information that might affect visas due to residency status either way; sometimes, it's harder (you need to go back to country of nationality) and sometimes it's easier (you can get visa-free/on-arrival holding a passport of one country if you're considered a resident of another).
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VisaGuru provides incorrect information, at least in some cases. –  littleadv Jan 12 '12 at 7:21
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IATA provides just such a resource.

It is incredibly thorough, and takes care of transit visa requirements as well as cases where you live in a country different from your citizenship (this may affect visa requirements for third countries).

The information provided is based on IATA's Timatic database which is used by nearly every airline in the world for determining passenger travel document requirements.

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It seems that iatatravelcentre.com/travelinformation.php does what the old Delta site used to do, and more. –  NPE Jan 24 '13 at 7:38
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VisaHQ is the best website I have found for that. Go to the "Visas" part, select your destination, then choose your citizenship and country of residence. Or just go to their "citizens" page and youl'll have a list of every country and if it requires a visa or not based on your citizenship.

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I'm not particularly happy with VisaHQ. It works quite well for citizens of countries they can make money out of (US, UK?) and for others it simply lists the local embassy. Not particularly helpful. –  Ankur Banerjee Aug 25 '11 at 10:02
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Yes! I found projectvisa.com relatively recently.

Seems pretty accurate. It links to duration of landing visas by country, as well as general info.

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Ankur, Wikipedia has extensive updated information on this.

Here is the page for visa requirements for Indian passport holders.

Also, other users may want to check the visa requirements for most nationalities and visa policy by country.

A bonus is their visual maps, such as this one for visa requirements for Australian nationals:

Countries and territories with visa-free entries or visas on arrival for holders of regular Australian passports.

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I would not trust Wikipedia on an issue as critical as visas. Timatic is what airlines will use to decide whether you can board the plane or not, so it's what you need to use as well. –  jpatokal Jan 23 '13 at 22:27
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I think it depends. If your nationality is from a big country like US, Canada, Australia, Germany, etc. then there are quite a few good sites.

But I always have the problem that I can't find any resource at all, even if I check the homepage of each country to see if a Visa is required. Small countries are often just not mentioned.

So I think the answer to this question really depends on your nationality.

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That's correct, it does depend. I hold an Indian passport and I like to believe we're a fairly big country, yeah, but it's still not particularly easy to find visa rules that apply to me! –  Ankur Banerjee Aug 26 '11 at 10:15
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Every time I've needed, for myself or others of different passports, I've used VisaHQ.

Click on Visas, and then you can select your passport and the country of destination, and it produces a page with all the information required on it.

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Yes, but VisaHQ does not allow for complex itineraries such as transit countries. This can be an issue for travellers who need transit visas. –  Ankur Banerjee Jan 23 '13 at 19:42
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You can get the visa information on the web site of Oneworld (the information is provided by Timatic): http://www.oneworld.com/airports-destinations/visa-health-information/ .

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Perfect! This is exactly what I was looking for. –  Ankur Banerjee Jan 23 '13 at 20:42
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Following a link on the delta page you gave, I found visacentral.com, and I tried some examples and it told me correctly if I need or not a visa regarding my nationality and the target country (I didn't go further).

Otherwise, you should look for info on the website of embassies of your country in the country you want to visit.

What is your nationality?

(In France we have a governmental website which give info about every country.)

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VisaCentral is owned by a company called GBTA (also known as CIBT). On more than one occasion, I have found that it claims a visa is required when it isn't actually, or it omits out visa-on-arrival information. It's all a part of their hard-sell for their paid visa application services. –  Ankur Banerjee Jan 23 '13 at 19:45
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