Passport and Visa Information

Passports

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, valid for at least six months after the date of return to the UK.

We strongly advise that your passport contains a minimum of two blank pages, as this may be a requirement of the local immigration authorities. In addition certain countries will stipulate that the two blank pages are opposite each other. If you are unable to meet these requirements you may be refused boarding by your airline or denied entry by the immigration authorities.

For specific information about the requirements for your destination please check with the country’s embassy or consulate. Alternatively UK citizens can visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Visas

Many of our destinations have a visa requirement. It is essential you familiarise yourself with the requirements and when necessary allow sufficient time to obtain your visa in advance of travel.

At the time of booking we recommend that you contact the applicable embassy or consulate in your country of residence and check the latest requirements. If the destination concerned has no diplomatic representation in your home country then you should contact the closest embassy which covers the consular affairs for your country.

Some travellers may prefer to use a visa agency to handle their application and this can be beneficial when the destination concerned does not have an embassy or consulate in their home country.

In some cases a visa may be obtained on arrival. However, when possible we would recommend that the visa is obtained in advance as this will avoid unnecessary delays upon arrival, and possible complications in boarding your flight. It should be noted that airlines can be cautious about allowing passengers to travel unless they have obtained a visa in advance. This particularly applies when travelling from a country that has diplomatic representation.

The above advice applies in all cases except where there is confirmation from your own country’s foreign ministry that a visa can be routinely obtained upon arrival. In particular British travellers should refer to the information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice). Travellers from the United States should refer to the information provided by the State Department (http://travel.state.gov/) and travellers from Australia should refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs (http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/).

Where visa support is required, i.e. a letter of invitation, this will be provided by Undiscovered Destinations once you have made your balance payment, due 10 weeks before travel. If you have not received the required support within 6 weeks of your departure date please contact us for further assistance.

Undiscovered Destinations can not assist in the actual application of visas, but you can do this through the embassy or with the support of an agent.

We do not recommend applying for any visa more than two months before travel, as the validity may be limited, and if you apply too early the visa may have expired before your date of entry.

Some countries refuse admission to travellers not meeting their accepted standards of dress or appearance (even if they hold a visa). Entry may also be refused to certain countries if your passport bears stamps or visas (valid or expired) for Israel.

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct, current information in good time before departure and that you act on it.