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 AdviserĀ® 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 travelers information to properly assess their options. While there is a slight risk that your visa will not be issued at the border, travelers might find that risk outweighed by the convenience of not having to send away their passport and/or pay filing fees to get a visa in advance.

Among countries issuing visas-on-arrival, most only offer the visa-on-arrival option to certain nationalities. For nationality-specific issuance procedure, you may find the latest updates on the Visa AdviserĀ® apps.

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Below is a list of countries offering visas upon arrival and whether some or all nationalities may be able to do so.

  • Bahrain offers visa upon arrival for tourism to some nationalities.
  • Benin offers visa upon arrival to African nationalities.
  • Brazil offers visa upon arrival to a few nationalities.
  • Comoros allows all nationalities to get a visa upon arrival. Travelers may get stamps for 45 days, 1 year, or 10 years, at different price points.
  • Cook Islands permits all nationalities to get visa upon arrival for 31 or 90 days, depending on the nationality.
  • Cuba grants tourist cards upon arrival to certain nationalities. However, some airlines will not permit boarding without a tourist card issued in advance.
  • East Timor allows travelers of any nationality to obtain a Tourist and Business Visa on arrival if they arrive at the Dili International Airport or Dili Seaport. Visas on arrival are granted for 30 days, single entry.
  • Egypt offers visa upon arrival to certain nationalities.
  • El Salvador offers visa upon arrival to certain nationalities.
  • Ethiopia offers visa upon arrival to certain nationalities.
  • Gabon offers visa upon arrival to certain nationalities.
  • Gambia offers visa upon arrival to certain nationalities.
  • Ghana requires a local contact or sponsor to arrange to get a visa upon arrival.
  • Guinea Bissau requires local contact or sponsor to arrange to have a visa upon arrival sticker for you.
  • Guyana offers visa upon arrival to certain nationalities.
  • India offers visa upon arrival to certain nationalities.
  • Jamaica offers visa upon arrival to certain nationalities.
  • Kiribati offers visa upon arrival to certain nationalities.
  • Kuwait offers visa upon arrival to certain nationalities.
  • Kyrgyzstan offers visa upon arrival to certain nationalities.
  • Laos offers visa upon arrival to certain nationalities.
  • Lebanon offers visa upon arrival to most nationalities.
  • Macau permits consular officials stationed on Chinese territory as well as the officials of various international organizations and their families to apply for visa upon arrival.
  • Madagascar offers non-immigrant visas upon arrival to all travelers at all Malagasy international airports or harbors.
  • Malawi offers visa upon arrival to certain nationalities.
  • Malaysia offers visa upon arrival to certain nationalities.
  • Maldives permits any nationality to get a visa upon arrival for 30 days.
  • Mauritania permits any nationality to get a visa upon arrival.
  • Mauritius permits any nationality to get a visa upon arrival.
  • Micronesia permits any nationality to get a visa upon arrival for 30 days.
  • Nauru permits any nationality to get a visa upon arrival.
  • Nepal offers visa upon arrival to some nationalities.
  • Palau offers visa upon arrival to some nationalities.
  • Papua New Guinea offers visa upon arrival to some nationalities.
  • Paraguay offers visa upon arrival to some nationalities.
  • Qatar offers visa upon arrival to some nationalities.
  • Rwanda permits any nationality to get a visa upon arrival for up to 30 days.
  • Samoa permits any nationality to get a visa upon arrival.
  • Sao Tome and Principe offers visa upon arrival to some nationalities.
  • Seychelles permits any nationality to get a visa upon arrival.
  • Somalia permits any nationality to get a visa upon arrival.
  • Suriname offers visa upon arrival to some nationalities.
  • Tanzania offers visa upon arrival to some nationalities.
  • Thailand offers visa upon arrival to some nationalities.
  • Togo offers visa upon arrival for 7 days. Tonga offers visa upon arrival for 30 days to some nationalities.
  • Tuvalu permits all nationalities to get a visa upon arrival.
  • United Arab Emirates permits all nationalities to get a visa upon arrival for tourism.
  • Uzbekistan offers visa upon arrival for 5-day transit for most nationalities.
  • Vanuatu offers visa upon arrival for tourism for 30 days or 90 days, depending on nationality.
  • Vietnam offers visa upon arrival for tourism to some nationalities.
  • Zambia offers visa upon arrival to some nationalities.
  • Zimbabwe offers visa upon arrival to some nationalities.

As this list shows, most countries that issue visas on arrival limit those visas to certain nationalities. To check whether you meet the criteria, download or visit the Visa AdvisorĀ® App.