Travel and Entry (Port of Entry) Requirements by Country at Airport / Sea Port / Land
Travel is an important aspect of anyone life. People travel for various reasons such as below:
- Travel for short term as a visitor for tourism purpose on vacation.
- Short term business travel related to customer meetings, conferences.
- Travel to find work or directly to work in another country.
- Travel for pursuing higher education in another country.
- Meet friends and family living abroad
- Seek medical treatment at a better hospital abroad
- Visit as part of country’s trade or commerce delegation.
- Travel to another country representing Government on official work.
- Travel as part of work as airline crew or sea vessel crew.
Every travel to another country as a foreigner involves many things that you need to be aware of before you travel to a country. Each country has their own visa requirements based on the purpose of travel. Besides, each of these countries have their own entry process to the country at airport, sea port or via road. It is critical for everyone to be aware of the travel requirements for visa, entry into country.
Are travel entry requirements same for everyone, when you enter as foreigner ?
Not always same. Depending on the purpose of the entry, you will need to have respective visa for the same and relevant documents supporting your visa and travel purpose. You need to check visa requirements for the country you plan to travel and the entry requirements at airport/sea port/ road to the country.
What are the common Entry/ Port of Entry Requirements for all countries ?
The most common entry requirements for all the countries are two things:
- Visa : You may or may not need visa depending on your passport issuing country and citizenship. In majority of the cases, foreigners entering another country need visa. You will need a different type of visa based on your purpose of travel.
- Arrival/ Departure Card or Form : Many of the countries have a paper form that you need to complete when you enter the country. This is sometimes separated from customs declaration form, but many of the times, you would have the customs declaration form as part of the arrival / departure card or form. You will fill out arrival info like flight number, where you would stay, contact info, etc on it. On the departure part, you will fill it with info on the flight you depart and give it back, when you leave the country.
- Customs Declaration Form : Most of the countries have the customs declaration form, where you need to declare any goods that you are importing, amount of cash you are carrying, animal, food products your are carrying, etc. that you are carrying to their country.