Wondering how much visas cost for traveling around the world? We share the dirty details of the total amount we — as American citizens — have spent on tourist visas during our nine years of travel around the world. This amount — and the bureaucratic hassles connected with obtaining visas — will vary drastically depending upon your nationality.
In chronological order of our trip, the chart lists 1) countries where paid tourist visas were required; 2) visa cost per person; 3) length of visa; and 4) where the visa was received (embassy or land border). Of course we visited other countries along the way, but if you don't find the country listed that means that our entry was free.
As you see, we picked up most of our visas on the road by going to a country's embassy one or two countries prior to entering the country. However, if you are not on a continual journey like this, it is easier and less stressful to obtain your visas before leaving home. If you don't live near the embassy (or you just want to reduce the bureaucratic stress), consider using a visa service like VisaHQ to take care of all the paperwork for you.
For American citizens, the U.S. State Department's travel section and Country Pages are a useful place to start.
If want to know the latest visa requirements and costs for a specific country based on your nationality just use the widget below.
Visa Costs for American Citizens
|Country||Visa Cost||Length||Where We Received Visa|
|Grand Total in USD (per person)||$2,080|
|Vietnam||$130||3 months||Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic|
|Laos||$35||30 days||Airport border, Luang Prabang Airport|
|Cambodia||$20||30 days||Land border, Mekong Delta between Vietnam and Cambodia|
|Armenia||$35||30 days||Land border between Georgia and Armenia|
|Azerbaijan||$100||30 days||Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia|
|Turkmenistan||$71||10 days||Embassy in Yerevan, Armenia|
|Uzbekistan||$100||30 days||Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan|
|Kazakhstan||$25||30 days||Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan|
|Kyrgyzstan||$55 (now free for U.S. citizens)||60 days||Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan|
|Tajikistan (+ GBAO permit for Pamir Mountains)||$65||30 days, starting on the date of issue||Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan|
|China||$120||60 days||Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan|
|Burma (Myanmar)||$30||30 days||Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand|
|India||$90||6 months||Visa center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Nepal||$40||30 days||Land border with India|
|China||$160||30 days||Embassy in Singapore|
|Bolivia||$135||5 years||Embassy in Lima, Peru|
|Paraguay||$65||Life of the passport||Embassy in Lima, Peru|
|Thailand||$20||60 days||Embassy in Toronto, Canada|
|Jordan||$30||30 days||Border, Amman Airport|
|Bangladesh||$130||60 days||Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand|
|Indonesia||$25||30 days||Border, Bali Airport|
|Tanzania||$100||90 days||Border, Kilimanjaro Airport|
|Iran||$80 (€70)||20 days||Embassy in Istanbul, Turkey|
|Turkey||$30||90 days||Border, Istanbul Airport|
|Egypt||$15||30 days||Border, Cairo Airport|
|Ethiopia||$50 (+ passport photo)||30 days||Border, Addis Ababa Airport|
|Uganda||$50||30 days||Border, Entebe Airport (Note: as of July 2016 this is no longer possible)|
|Tanzania||$100||5 years||Border, Kilimanjaro Airport|
|Rwanda||$30||30 days||Land border between Uganda and Rwanda|
|India||$190||10 years||Visa Service in San Francisco|
|Haiti||$10||30 days||Border, Port-au-Prince Airport|
|Australia||$15 ($20 AUD)||90 days||Online Application|