Evisa: prepare your trip faster

Although the classic visa still exists, travelers are turning more and more to online application visas.
What is an online visa ?
What are the advantages ?
How to get it ?

In order to better prepare a trip, it is important to understand everything about electronic visas.

Electronic Visas: What is it?

The visa application can be complicated and time-consuming for travelers who are often in a hurry. To ease the process, many countries have adopted the electronic visa system. You ask for them on the Internet and all the steps to be taken are online, so is the payment. Applicants get their visa on their e-mail and only have to print it. Countries granting e-visas facilitate the process with their border control policies.

What does this system provide?

Applying for a visa via embassies, you often spend bad times in long queues. Sometimes you are asked to come back another day. With electronic visas, no need to move! You can start the procedure from your computer in your room. Applying for e-visas is faster than applying for a standard visa. You can get your visa online within 10 days maximum. For travel enthusiasts, three electronic visas are granted annually.

What documents are needed?

Before launching the online application, you should prepare the necessary documents in advance. Usually, required files must include a ID photo and a copy of the passport (you can take a JPEG format photo at home). To do so, you have to prepare a white background. Tie your hair if it is long and keep a neutral expression on your face. Try to avoid any shadows. To have a well-cropped photo, you can use software like Paintshop and Photofiltre. Retouching reflections and a regulation of contrasts is sometimes necessary. You can also brighten the picture. It must be resized to 350 x 350 pixels. A JPEG format is required.

You have to provide a copy of your passport in PDF format. You can directly scan both pages of the document with this format. If ever the copy of your passport is not legible, this may result in the refusal of your request. This precaution is adopted in order to ensure better border control. So be sure to provide a clear document. To do this, it is possible to scan the passport in JPEG format. Retouch the contrasts for a better reading of the informations. An insertion in Publisher or in Word and an enlargement can be useful. Save your passport copy and run the request.

Simplified online application: how to proceed?

An online form must be completed by the applicant. One application is for a single individual. If you then want electronic visas for the whole family, filling in the corresponding number of forms is mandatory. After completion of everything, you can download the required documents such as the photo and the copy of the passport. Online payment can be made by several bank cards. In special cases, you will have to add information. If you travel, for example, with children who are not yours, a letter of authorization will be required. For divorced parents, the regulation requires that the father or mother justify the legal custody of the child. Processing times vary from one country to another, as well as from one case to another. When the request is agreed, a confirmation email will be sent to you. Print the document and take it as a justification.

Destinations with electronic visas

The regulations are not the same for each country. Destinations do not require a visa for French citizens. But you can now apply for a simplified travel authorization whether you are flying to America, Asia, Africa or Oceania.

American countries

For business trips or tourism in Canada, you can apply for online visas. This is the eTA Canada or Electronic Travel Authorization for Canada. The validity is up to 5 years for a stay of 6 months maximum. While some requests require a few days of treatment, most require only a few minutes.
Do you plan to fly to the country of Uncle Sam? A request for ESTA USA or Electronic System for Travel Authorization can be done in a few clicks. Electronic visas are granted for transit, tourism or business travel. With a delay of 3 working days, the visa is valid until 2 years after approval for a stay not exceeding 3 months.

Asian destinations

Tourists traveling to Cambodia can apply for visas online. For a one-month trip, the validity of the document is one quarter. More and more patients are coming to India for treatment. The country then quickly grants e-visas for medical visits. You can also apply for your visa online for business trips or tourism. Electronic visas for India remain valid for 120 days. For tourism or business in Sri Lanka, the e-visa is valid for 6 months for one or more stays of 30 days. Viet Nam, Kuwait and Bahrain are also eligible to apply for electronic visas.

Travels to Africa

Whether you are planning to do tourism, study and research or business trips in Ivory Coast, you can apply for an e-visa. This one is only valid for 3 months. A tourist trip to Ethiopia is preparing faster with a simplified online visa application. A fair or other events are taking place in Gabon? Or you just want to visit friends or family? You can receive an electronic visa valid for up to 180 days. Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Uganda and other African countries are already implementing the new visa formalities.

To Oceania

You can request a simplified travel authorization for Australia. For tourism or business trips, this country grants e-visas in 1 to 3 business days. For stays of up to three months, electronic visas for Australia remain valid for one year.


Travel formalities with Evisa