Visa Fees by Country from Traveling Around the World

Wondering about visa fees by country when traveling around the world? We share the dirty details of the total amount we — as American citizens — have spent on tourist visas in different countries during our 13-years of travel around the world.

Please note that this visa fee amount — and the bureaucratic hassles connected with obtaining visas — will vary drastically depending upon your nationality, when you apply (as visa regulations change regularly) and even where you apply.

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/airport). 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.

In the early days when we were traveling full time 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. In addition, many countries have now enabled e-visas (e.g., online application) or visas upon arrival at an international airport or land border. So much easier.

For American citizens, the U.S. State Department's travel section and Country Pages are a useful place to start. It also has important COVID-19 related travel information available.

Update: You can find updated EU COVID-19 related border crossing information and here is a worldwide map with updated COVID-19 travel restrictions. This coronavirus travel restrictions page from our partner, Get Your Guide, is also quite good.

Visa Fees by Country for American Citizens

CountryVisa CostLength of Tourist Visa Where We Received Visa
Vietnam$130 3 months, multi-entry Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic
Laos$3530 daysAirport border, Luang Prabang Airport
Cambodia$2030 daysLand border, Mekong Delta between Vietnam and Cambodia
Armenia$3530 daysLand border between Georgia and Armenia
Azerbaijan$10030 daysEmbassy in Tbilisi, Georgia
Turkmenistan$7110 daysEmbassy in Yerevan, Armenia
Uzbekistan$10030 daysEmbassy in Baku, Azerbaijan
Kazakhstan$2530 daysEmbassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Kyrgyzstan $55 (now free for U.S. citizens)60 daysEmbassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Tajikistan (+ GBAO permit for Pamir Mountains)$6530 days, starting on the date of issueEmbassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
China$12060 daysEmbassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Burma (Myanmar)$3030 daysEmbassy in Bangkok, Thailand
India$906 monthsVisa center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Nepal$4030 daysLand border with India
China$16030 daysEmbassy in Singapore
Bolivia$1355 yearsEmbassy in Lima, Peru
Paraguay$65Life of the passportEmbassy in Lima, Peru
Thailand$2060 daysEmbassy in Toronto, Canada
Jordan$3030 daysBorder, Amman Airport
Bangladesh$13060 daysEmbassy in Bangkok, Thailand
Indonesia (Bali)$2530 daysBorder, Bali Airport
Tanzania$10090 days Border, Kilimanjaro Airport
Iran $80 (€70)20 daysEmbassy in Istanbul, Turkey
Turkey$3090 daysBorder, Istanbul Airport
Egypt$1530 daysBorder, Cairo Airport
Ethiopia $50 (+ passport photo)30 daysBorder, Addis Ababa Airport
Uganda$5030 days Border, Entebe Airport (Note: as of July 2016 this is no longer possible)
Tanzania$1005 years Border, Kilimanjaro Airport
Rwanda$3030 daysLand border between Uganda and Rwanda
India$19010 years, multiple entryVisa Service in San Francisco
Haiti$1030 daysBorder, Port-au-Prince Airport
Australia$15 ($20 AUD)90 daysOnline Application
Brazil $45 2 years, multiple entry E-visa. (From July 2019 no visas required for U.S. citizens).
Madagascar $37 30 days Visa upon arrival at airport
Comoros Islands €30 45 days Visa upon arrival at airport
Nepal $25 15 days Visa upon arrival at airport
BhutanComes with your official Bhutan tour, which is a minimum $200-$250/person/dayLength of tour Visa sent in advance by tour company by PDF
Grand Total in USD (per person)$2,222