Passports & Visas
Scroll down this page to learn more about passport and visa requirements, and other entry requirements. Non-U.S. passport holders can also use the sherpaº widget in our Visa Services section to learn more about their entry requirements.
Most countries require that your passport have at least six months validity when traveling internationally, and many require that you have one to two blank visa pages for either an entry stamp or visa. As a general rule, please check that your passport has six months validity beyond your planned trip, and if not, please renew your passport with plenty of time to provide smarTours with your updated passport information by the final payment due date.
To check passport and visa requirements by country, please visit the State Department if you have a U.S. Passport.
smarTours has partnered with CIBT to offer full-service passport assistance. Learn more about CIBT’s passport services, including expedited passport renewal, name changes, and more, or apply for a new passport directly with the State Department.
smarTours has partnered with sherpaº to offer e-visa services and CIBT for all visa services. Visa processing services can help make a complex process easy with support staff to help walk you through the process, and a more streamlined application process that’s easier to understand and complete.
To learn more about which destinations currently require a visa, please see below. Note that entry requirements are subject to change. For the most up-to-date entry requirements including visa requirements, please visit our travel restrictions page.
If you are not a U.S. passport holder, or you are not traveling with your U.S. passport, please check directly with the appropriate consulates as to the most current visa requirements.
Visa requirements for U.S. Passport Holders
A visa is required for U.S. passport holders and must be obtained prior to arrival. Apply for a visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) with the Australian government directly, or use a visa processing service like sherpaº or CIBT to facilitate the process.
A paper or embassy visa is required for U.S. passport holders and must be obtained prior to arrival. For more information, visit China’s National Immigration Administration. If you do not reside close to a consulate, we suggest you use a visa processing service like CIBT to facilitate the process.
A visa is required for U.S. passport holders. Apply for an e-visa online in advance of travel or obtain a tourist visa on arrival.
Note: Clients who book air with smarTours will be charged $28 at the Cairo International Airport. This fee includes the Egyptian visa and facilitation service upon arrival. If you are traveling on our tour-only program, consider using a visa processing service like sherpaº or CIBT to facilitate the process.
A visa is required for U.S. passport holders. Apply for an e-visa (e-VOA) online with the Indonesian government in advance of travel, or apply upon arrival in Indonesia. You may also consider a visa processing service like sherpaº to facilitate the process.
A visa is required for U.S. passport holders and can be obtained upon arrival.
Note: Clients who book air with smarTours have the cost of their visa and visa facilitation included. Tour-only travelers forfeit the visa and facilitation service and will need to independently obtain a visa upon arrival.
A visa is required for U.S. passport holders. Obtain a visa upon arrival in Nepal.
A visa is required for U.S. passport holders. Obtain a visa for free upon arrival.
A visa is required for U.S. passport holders. Apply for an e-visa online with the Vietnamese government directly or use a visa processing service like CIBT or sherpaº to facilitate the process. For more information, visit the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
A visa is required for U.S. passport holders. Obtain your visa on arrival at the Victoria Falls airport.
Note: Travelers planning to take the optional Chobe Park excursion to Botswana will need a double-entry visa to Zimbabwe.
Other Entry Requirements
New for Travel to Europe in 2024
Effective for travel in 2024, an electronic travel authorization visa waiver is required for U.S. passport holders traveling to the Schengen area of Europe and must be obtained prior to arrival. Apply for the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) visa waiver directly, or use a visa processing service like sherpaº to facilitate the process.
Schengen area countries include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
There may be additional health and safety-related entry requirements for specific countries. Because these requirements are evolving rapidly, we’ve partnered with sherpaº to keep them up to date on a daily basis. Visit our Travel Restrictions by Country page to view detailed entry requirements for specific countries. This includes visa requirements, vaccine, COVID testing or quarantine requirements, and more.
To learn more about what to expect from smarTours while on your trip, visit our Safe Travel with smarTours page.