LHA Travel Blog

Welcome to the LHA Travel blog. Here you can find travel tips and stories from our community of travelers!

May 2019

  • What is a Visa? - Author: Visa-Adviser The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a visa as “an endorsement made on a passport by the proper authorities denoting that it has been examined and that the bearer may proceed.” In reality, having a visa does not guarantee you can proceed into another country. According to the U.S. Department of State, which issues visas […]
  • Why Do We Travel? - Author: Visa-Adviser As many as 1.1 billion of us will leave our country to visit another country each year.  That is over fifteen percent of the total population on earth.  According to the World Bank, in 2017, approximately 1.57 billion departures took place all over the world, which is an increase of 60 percent since […]

March 2020

  • A Guide to Coronavirus-Related Travel Restriction for Every Country in the World - To contain the spread of Coronavirus and to minimize its effect, countries have taken a variety of measures to restrict travel. Currently, most countries in the world have ceased issuing visas, and suspended the entry of foreigners — even those with valid visas. Below we have compiled information regarding current travel bans and closures. Because […]

February 2020

  • Traveler’s Checklist - Author: Visa-Adviser With the rise of regional tensions leading to the recently downed commercial jet by military actors, the outbreak of measles and the new strain of coronavirus in China, and civil unrest from Hong Kong to Chile, global travel can feel risky.  While a travelers may have very little to do with shaping these […]
  • What is the International Driving Permit and how do you get it? - Author: Visa Adviser If you might want to drive a car while you are abroad, you should check the driver’s license requirements of the country you are visiting in advance and determine whether you will need an international driver’s permit. An international driver’s permit is a booklet that contains translated/transliterated versions of your home country’s […]
  • Passport requirements for every country in the world - Author: Visa Adviser Here at Visa Adviser® we compile not only visa information, but also the passport requirements for every country in the world.  A passport is generally required for border crossings, with limited exceptions. For instance, citizens of European Union member nations may cross each other’s borders with a national identification card. United States […]

January 2020

  • Tips for preparing for your work visa - Author:Visa Adviser Having a job offer in a foreign country can be exciting and daunting.  If you have a family, and/or children, the concerns about relocation, changing your way of life, creating new routines, and finding a new home can be overwhelming.  But, if you have received and accepted an overseas job offer, your immediate […]
  • Travel Health Updates for January 2020 - Author: Visa Adviser Global measles outbreak still in effect. The Measles is caused by an airborne virus, spread through breathing, coughing, sneezing . Its symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, running nose, watery eyes. Untreated and severe cases of measles infection can lead to pneumonia and death.  Measles cases have increased to higher than normal […]

December 2019

  • New regulations might affect your European travel in 2021! - Author: Visa-Adviser Planning a European vacation in 2021? Do you regularly travel to Europe for work or leisure? If so, watch out for the new ETIAS roll-out and stay tuned to see if you will need to take extra steps before heading to the airport. ETIAS stands for European Union Travel Information and Authorization System. […]

November 2019

  • Three things required for your Antarctic expedition - Author: Visa-Adviser Antarctica is the last uninhabited continent on our blue planet. But, should you want to plan a visit, there are a few different ways that you can go! You can join a National Geographic cruise ship, other branded cruising vessels, private tours on smaller private yachts or sailboats, or fly in with a […]
  • Visa-Exemption Based on Other Visas (Canada, Schengen, United Kingdom, USA) - Author: Visa-Adviser Travelers may not be aware that if they have a visa for certain countries, they are additionally exempt from getting visas for others. The most common tie-in exemptions arise for travelers who have unexpired visas for the United States (USA), Canada, Schengen area, and the United Kingdom (UK). For additional information on the Schengen […]
  • Fastest ways to get your USA Passport - Author: Visa-Adviser Passports are documents that establishes the bearer’s citizenship and biographical information to a foreign country. According to the U.S. Department of State, 21.1 million U.S. passports were issued in 2018, bringing the percentage of Americans with passports to 42 percent of the total population. To put this in perspective, Americans are 20% behind the […]
  • Visa by post… - Which countries allow travelers to mail in their visa application? Author: Visa-Adviser In the course of our research for the Visa Adviser® apps, LHA Travel aggregates data on all countries and their visa issuance processes.  The methods by which countries issue their visas vary: by in-person interviews, my mailing, online, on arrival, by email, and […]

October 2019

  • Open Borders - Author: Visa-Adviser Customs and border protection are costly in time and resources for countries, and an unpleasant part of most international traveler’s journey. However, some countries have chosen to “enlarge” their borders by allowing travelers to enter combined territories under one visa. This practice enhances the efficiency of border control and reduces the cost of […]
  • How do I get a visa? - Different ways countries issue visas Author: Visa-Adviser Visa Adviser compiled a list of countries and how they issue visas to individuals applying for entry from outside of the country. The following summarizes the different ways a traveler may apply for their visas before they enter a destination country. This discussion specifically excludes the application processes […]
  • Three Global Visa Issuance Trends - Author: Visa-Adviser Visa Adviser® cultivates and regularly updates visa filing procedures and information for every country in the world. In doing so, we notice certain trends among countries about visa issuance and reciprocity all over the world. These are our observations. Short-term visa issuance is going online. More countries are outsourcing visa processing to third parties. […]
  • No Visa Required. - Which countries don’t require visas? Author: Visa-Adviser At Visa Adviser, we have been asked for a list of countries anyone can enter without a visa, and here it is: Antarctica. Antarctica is the home of the penguins, with no permanent population.  Antarctica is the southernmost continent containing the South Pole, and is surrounded by the […]