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 […]

November 2019

  • 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 […]
  • Safe Travel: Responding to Civil Unrest - Author: Visa Adviser What to do when you find yourself in civil unrest while traveling. Recent mass protest in Hong Kong, the Yellow Vest protest in France, and the climate change protest in London that shut down major streets, show that even well-visited countries may sometimes experience civil unrest. In one case, William Nguyen, a […]
  • Transit Without Visa at the Top Ten International Airports - Author: Visa-Adviser According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, in 2018, over one billion people visited another country.  Many of these flights included layovers in another country on their way to their final destination, with significant implications for visa requirements for visitors in airside transit.  Airside transit means visitors with a connecting flight in […]
  • Discovering Ecuador with John Cain - Author: John Cain One of the things I’ve learned from my world travels and from living outside the USA is that people everywhere, kind of, just want to be happy.  It’s the one thing we all have in common.  There are many things in one’s native country that can make one happy, but living abroad reveals thousands […]