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The easiest countries to get a visa for in 2024
8 min read
Updated on Jan 08, 2024

The year 2024 is here, and getting around is easier than ever. Global travel is evolving, and so are visa regulations. Gone are the days of embassy queues as more and more countries embrace the eVisa.

Some countries just get it - they want you to visit! This year, many countries have relaxed their requirements, while others have introduced eVisas to replace traditional visa applications.

Let's check out the top spots where getting a visa is just a few clicks away!

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Navigating global visa policies in 2024

In 2024, a wave of countries have revolutionized their visa processes, opening their arms wider to tourists and business travelers ready to explore or ink deals.

Before you pack your bags, let's check out the different types of visas available:

  • Traditional visa: The classic route. This involves applying at an embassy or consulate, often including an interview, paperwork, and a bit of waiting.

While it might seem daunting, it's a thorough way to secure entry, especially for longer stays or specific travel purposes such as retirement or studying.

  • eVisa: The modern twist. Countries around the globe are offering eVisas, a digital form of the traditional visa. You apply online, upload documents, and receive approval via email. It's a game-changer for last-minute trips and those looking to skip the embassy visit.

Many countries now offer eVisas for tourism, business, remote working, and even medical treatment.

  • ETA/ESTA: Electronic Travel Authorization or Electronic System for Travel Authorization - fancy names for an online pre-approval system used by countries like Canada and the USA.

These aren't visas but permissions to travel, typically required for visa-free countries under specific programs. You apply online, usually with a super quick turnaround time.

  • Visa on arrival: As spontaneous as it sounds! In some countries, you can get your visa stamped right as you land, often at the airport. It's convenient, though sometimes there's a bit of a wait - and a small fee - involved.

It's perfect for tourists with a flexible schedule or those who decide to travel on a whim.

  • Visa-free entry: The ultimate travel dream! Some countries have agreements allowing tourists to enter without a visa for short stays. It's the easiest option, often just requiring a valid passport.

However, it's always wise to check the duration allowed and any other entry requirements, as it’s usually reserved for tourists only.

Tourist-friendly nations: Hassle-free entry for travelers

Looking for a stress-free vacation? Many amazing destinations offer either visa-free entry or straightforward online visa applications, ensuring your holiday starts without visa-related stress.

More time sipping cocktails, less time filling forms!

Visa-free entry for holidaymakers

While it usually depends on your passport, these amazing holiday destinations offer visa-free entry or visa-on-arrival for most tourists:

  • Ecuador: A hot spot for tourists, expats, and retirees, boasting one of the world's most welcoming visa policies. Most travelers can waltz in visa-free for 90 days, except for a few countries.

Learn more about the Ecuador visa policy.

  • Malaysia: Malaysia stands out as a global leader in hassle-free entry for travelers from many countries. Enjoy 90 days of visa-free access and dive into all the diverse wonders Malaysia offers!

Learn more about the Malaysia visa policy.

  • South Africa: Explore South Africa’s diverse culture without the headache of complex visa requirements. South Africa offers straightforward online tourist visas or even visas, inviting you to immerse yourself in the rich heritage and stunning landscapes.

Learn more about the South Africa visa policy.

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Quick online application for tourists

Need to make a quick trip? Many countries have simplified their eVisa or ETA processes for short-term visitors, ensuring you spend more time enjoying your trip and less time worrying about visa applications.

  • Seychelles: Practically rolling out the red carpet for the world! Almost everyone can get up to three months of island bliss with a simple online pre-registration. It's the perfect sunny escape, no matter where you're from!

Learn more about the Seychelles Travel Authorization.

  • Turkey: Always wanted to see Cappadocia? Or how about a nice winter getaway to Istanbul? Turkey's electronic visa system is efficient and user-friendly. Travelers from many countries can apply online and receive their visas in just minutes.

Learn more about the Turkey eVisa.

  • India: India's e-Visa system is remarkably inclusive, allowing citizens from over 160 countries to apply online for various types of visas, including tourism. This is your chance to finally see the iconic Taj Mahal or experience the colorful festivities of the Holi Festival!

Learn more about the India eTourist Visa.

Business travel made easy: Countries with simplified visa procedures

Business travelers rejoice as countries now offer easy business visa processes. With options like online applications and fast-track services, these nations understand the value of your time.

Get in, get down to business, and maybe sneak in some sightseeing too!

  • New Zealand: The New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) is available for citizens of visa-waiver countries, and others can easily apply for a Business Visitor Visa online for visits related to work meetings, conferences, or short-term projects.

Learn more about the New Zealand ETA.

  • Vietnam: Offering a straightforward 30-day single-entry visa, the application is entirely online, eliminating the need to visit an embassy or consulate. The process is part of Vietnam's commitment to attracting international business and investment.

Learn more about the Vietnam eVisa.

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  • Indonesia: Indonesia's visa policies are becoming more accommodating to encourage international business and investment, particularly in its burgeoning sectors like tech and tourism.

Learn more about the Indonesia Business Visa D2.

Study abroad with ease: Countries offering straightforward student visas

Dreaming of studying abroad? Increasingly, countries are offering easier processes, clear guidelines, and support for student visas, making your educational aspirations more attainable.

It's all about hitting the books and less about hitting up embassies!

  • Australia: Australia is not just about the stunning beaches and unique wildlife; it's also an education hotspot with a streamlined visa process. Apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500) in Australia, typically processed within 6 weeks. It costs 630 AUD, lasts up to five years, and permits work during study.

Learn more about Australia’s visa policy.

  • Canada: In Canada, renowned for its friendly locals, the student visa process is equally welcoming. To study, obtain a study permit and either a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization, and wait just 20 days for a response! The permit costs 150 CAD and allows you to work while studying.

Learn more about Canada’s visa policy.

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  • Germany: Germany offers a treasure trove of opportunities with its tuition-free or low-cost university programs. The straightforward student visa process adds to its allure, making it a sought-after destination for students wanting a top-notch education in the heart of Europe.

Learn more about Germany’s visa policy.

Retiree's paradise: Countries with simple visa rules for retirees

Retirement should be about relaxation, not paperwork. Countries like Portugal, Panama, and Mexico offer retiree-friendly visa options, allowing you to enjoy your golden years with minimal fuss.

Kick back and enjoy the good life!

  • Portugal: Known for its Golden Visa program and the D7 Visa, which are popular among retirees for their relatively straightforward requirements and the country's pleasant climate and lifestyle.

Learn more about Portugal’s visa policy.

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  • Mexico: Offers a retirement visa known as the Temporary Resident Visa, which is relatively easy to obtain and allows retirees to live in the country for up to four years.

Learn more about Mexico’s visa policy.

  • Panama: The Pensionado program is one of the most favorable retirement visas available, offering several perks and discounts to foreign retirees.

Learn more about Panama’s visa policy.

Digital nomad hotspots: The best destinations for remote workers

The trend of working remotely continues to grow, and countries are catching on. Many destinations now offer special visas for digital nomads, making it easier to work and travel simultaneously.

Keep your job, see the world, and live the dream!

  • Malta: Malta's digital nomad visa, known as the Nomad Residence Permit, allows non-EU nationals to work remotely from this sunny archipelago for up to one year, with the possibility of renewal. Malta appeals to digital nomads with its English-speaking community, historical sites, and a strong expat community.

Learn more about Malta’s visa policy.

  • Malaysia: Malaysia's digital nomad visa, part of the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) program, allows remote workers to live in Malaysia while working for a foreign employer or as a freelancer. With its rich cultural heritage, bustling cities, and serene landscapes, Malaysia offers an appealing balance for digital nomads.

Learn more about Malaysia’s visa policy.

  • Greece: Greece introduced a digital nomad visa to welcome remote workers to live and work amidst its historic sites and stunning islands. The visa allows individuals to stay and work for up to a year with the possibility of extension. In addition, European and Schengen nationals can even work remotely here without a visa.

Learn more about Greece’s visa policy.

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Planning your next trip with visa simplicity in mind

In 2024, the world is more connected than ever, and countries are making it easier for travelers to visit. Whether you're traveling for leisure, work, retirement, or study, there's a destination with a simple visa process waiting for you.

iVisa offers a simplified online process for most destinations! Use our handy Visa Checker Tool to find out which documents you need for your trip and apply instantly online. Don’t forget to download our app for an even smoother experience.

Start planning your next adventure with ease and confidence, and let the journey unfold effortlessly. Happy travels!

Have questions about your upcoming trip?

If you’re looking for a specific visa, need assistance during the visa application process, or have any feedback, let us know. We’re available via online chat and email at [email protected].

  • iVisa is NOT affiliated with any government agency. This site does not provide legal advice and we are not a law firm. None of our customer service representatives are lawyers and they also do not provide legal advice. We are a private, internet-based travel and immigration consultancy provider dedicated to helping individuals travel around the world. You may apply by yourself directly on the various government websites. For government source information, please visit our product pages.
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