Although we’d love just to rock up and explore a brand new country, the world doesn’t work like that. Instead, you have to go through the motions and apply for visas, go through security, and make sure you don’t get flagged up by customs. Yes, visas are a tricky business, and nobody likes being rejected. Unfortunately, these are the hardest visas in the world to get, which means that rejection may be on the cards…
If you’ve ever been to China, you might be wondering what we’re talking about. After all, getting a visa for your vacation was easy, right? That’s correct. Getting a visa for a short stint in China is no trouble at all, but it gets harder and harder the longer you stay. If you want to stay for more than 30 days, you will have to provide them with an incredibly detailed and planned itinerary of every single day that you will be in the country. For many travelers, this can be extremely difficult and sometimes impossible.
This country isn’t the kind of country to open its doors to anyone, and getting into Turkmenistan is almost impossible. They do not allow people to fly to Turkmenistan and simply roam about on their own. Instead, visas will only ever be granted if you can provide proof that you will be taking part in a guided tour through a legitimate agency. If not, your visa will be denied, and you will have no way of getting into the country. This is for protection and their own sense of privacy.
If you’ve ever tried to apply for a Russian visa, you’ll know that it’s not the easiest process in the world. To keep their country safe, the Russian government have introduced biometric applications. This means that you need to provide your fingerprints and make your way to an embassy to submit your face for facial recognition. However, you can’t just rock up to your local embassy and do this. Only certain places will do this kind of biometric application, and the lines to do this can be extremely long. Even if you wait all day, there’s no guarantee that you’ll get to the front.
If you’re looking to travel to any one of these countries, you might want to give yourself a bit of extra time to get your visa sorted…