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 […]

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 […]

September 2019

  • Worried about post-Brexit travel plans? No problem. - What does Brexit mean for Americans entering the United Kingdom and remaining European Union countries? Author: Visa-Adviser Brexit is a term used to describe the uncoupling between the United Kingdom and the rest of the E.U. The E.U. is a group of countries situated in western Europe, and they include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, […]

August 2019

  • Getting a visa online - Which countries allow online visa processing? Author: Visa-Adviser By online visa processing, we are not simply talking about online visa application forms. Many countries allow you to begin the visa process online. For instance, visas to the United States require the traveler to start the process by completing an online form (DS-160 or DS-260). However, […]
  • Visas on arrival - Which countries allow you to get a visa at the border? Author: Visa-Adviser LHA Travel updates the visa issuance procedures regularly for its Visa Adviser® web app and Android app. We have compiled a list of countries currently allowing visa upon arrival (on the border). The benefit of knowing which countries allow this option give […]
  • Don’t over-plan your vacation! - Author: Visa-Adviser If you are well-seasoned traveler, feel free to set the agenda aside and roam. Other than setting aside vacation time, a budget, visa-requirements (of course), and a vague sense of places in your destination you’d like to see, don’t plan. In places that are crowded, with plenty of options, you don’t even need […]
  • Should you go Pro? Why Professional Travel planners can be a real asset to your trip. - Author: Visa-Adviser Most of my travel has been solo business travel, where I am carried along by predetermined schedules. However, in the times that I have out-sourced my “fun” to travel pros, I enjoyed it in a way one enjoys a nice steak when one’s football team wins the Super Bowl or the Nutcracker performance […]

July 2019

  • How I got my Visas - Author: Isa Phillips *A note from the Publisher: we sometimes ask travelers to share their interesting travel or visa stories, and sometimes we get picturesque stories indeed. Hope you enjoy the one below. Please note that the opinions expressed by our contributors are their own. The name of the country issuing the visas in this […]