Who doesn’t like travelling? And when its vacation time, people start making plans for their international trip long before they actually start with their vacation period. But they often forget one major part while planning their international trip, i.e. Visa. Everyone knows that you cannot plan your international trip without having a valid visa. So, if you are planning to travel during a peak season, then you better hustle to get a visa.
At Akbar Travels, we get many queries from our customers on how to get a visa during peak season and we have seen people cancelling or postponing their trip to their dream destination just because they didn’t have enough time to process visa for the desired destination. Getting a visa during peak season can be difficult but definitely not impossible.
In this article, we have listed below some factors that can affect your visa application during peak season and how to avoid such disappointing scenarios:
1. Apply well in advance
During the peak travel season such as summer vacations, festive holidays, the Embassy/Consulate receive a lot of visa applications. So, visas that normally get processed in 5 to 10 days may take longer. In order to avoid the last minute hassles, it’s better to start your visa application process well in advance and increase your chances of getting your visa on time.
Mentioned below are the popular tourist visas and how early you can apply:
- Dubai Visa – 30 days prior to travel date
- Singapore Visa – 30 days prior to travel date
- Malaysia Visa – 30 days prior to travel date
- Thailand Visa – 30 days prior to travel date
- Sri Lanka Visa – 30 days prior to travel date
- UK Visa – 3 months prior to travel date
- USA Visa – 6 months prior to travel date
- Canada Visa – 6 months prior to travel date
- China Visa – 30 days prior to travel date
- Schengen Visa – 90 days prior to travel date
- Australia Visa – 3 months prior to travel date
Also read: How early can you apply for your Visa
2. Non-availability of Appointment Date
There are few countries which require you to personally visit the Embassy/Consulate for submission of biometrics. digital photograph or attend a visa interview as a part of the visa process. Countries such as the Schengen nations, UK and USA require applicants to personally visit the Consulate for submission of visa application. if there is a sudden increase in the number of visa applications from tourists during a particular season, there will be delay in getting early appointment dates as well as in visa application processing time. When you file for your visa application early, you may be able to secure early appointment dates on first come first serve basis, as well as enough time to process a visa, post submission of documents.
3. Average processing time
Find out how many calendar days it takes to process visa applications. Processing times for visas vary for each visa. While countries providing evisas such as Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka take up to 3 to 4 working days for processing, countries such as the US, UK, Australia, Schengen etc take at least 20 days or even more for processing. And in case of visa rejections, you should have enough buffer to reapply.
4. Avoid mistakes in application form
Your visa application can get rejected due to mistakes in your visa application such as filling the form incorrectly, providing wrong passport number, incorrect information, multiple spelling mistakes etc. Though the visa can be reapplied but the whole process will not only be tedious but also time consuming. In peak travel times, expect the processing time to take thrice the amount of days required for regular visa application. It is therefore very important that you obtain the necessary information whilst preparing your visa documentation in order to avoid errors and ensure that your visa is application is successful the first time.
5. Submit proper paperwork
Documents play a major role in your visa approval or rejection. Documents should be in order, adequately placed as asked. If required documentation is not submited along with the visa application, the Embassy will issue a request for further information and this will create a delay of at least 28 days or even a high possibility of your visa rejection. It is best to avoid this delay by lodging a complete application with all the required documents.
6. Hire Visa Services of a reliable Travel Agent
A visa application process is very confusing and time-consuming. The amount of surmounting paperwork and complex methods to gain a visa can complicate the process further. Hiring the services of a reliable travel agent will make your visa applying process easy, smooth and timely. Our Visa Experts can help you to avoid the above-mentioned reasons and help you to create a detailed application that gets approved on the very first attempt.
Now, the next time you are planning for a trip abroad during peak season, keep these tips in mind to save you from all the tension and the last minute hassle. To save yourself from all the visa application stress, visit Akbartravels.com and let our team take the stress out of your visa application.