Not only is it possible to acquire a travel visa upon arrival at certain destinations, it comes with great savings. When considering doing so, the first question to ask is whether the country even requires a visa for travelers holding a valid U.S. passport. Many countries throughout the world allow a person planning a holiday in the country to stay without the need of a visa for a designated period of time. Should one intend to do business in the country, it changes the dynamic and a business visa will be required.
Once it is determined that a visa is required, a traveler has a number of options ~ use a visa service, contact the consulate or embassy within the U.S.A. if the country has representation or simply acquire the visa upon arrival when allowed.
Using Southeast Asia as an example, obtaining a visa for Cambodia through a reputable visa service would average $239 per person. This fee includes postage both to and from the agency with passports returned in about 10 days. Additional fees are added for rush service or using express mail.
Contacting the Royal Embassy of Cambodia online allows one to download the visa application and submit it to the embassy or its consulate directly. The cost would average $95 per person. This fee includes postage both to and from the agency with passports returned in about 10 days. Additional fees are added for rush service or using express mail.
Acquiring a visa upon arrival in Cambodia will cost $30 per person. A traveler should have a passport photo to submit with the application.
If convenience is a priority, the visa service, albeit higher priced is the best choice. There can be potential delays when acquiring a visa upon arrival. Should an aircraft or two arrive shortly beforehand laden with travelers seeking a visa or should the immigration counter be under-staffed the process will take longer, certainly more than one-hour.
If, however, there is no rush to complete immigration, then visa upon arrival, when allowed, can be a great savings, particularly when traveling as family.