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Old 01-22-2015, 10:33 AM
 
Location: American Expat
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Have you not visited a country because the fee for the visa was too high ?
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:36 AM
 
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I consider all costs down to airport parking and pet sitting before committing to any leisure travel.

The cost of a visa would not keep me from a place I really wanted to visit, if it were steep I'd simply adjust other discretionary spending to accommodate it.
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:39 AM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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what is exactly your point well when my father was a diplomat no I did not count visa fee because I got always free.
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:44 AM
 
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No. I think the most expensive one was I've gotten a multiple-entry in for Vietnam, and it was under $200.
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Terra
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No, visa fees wouldn't deter me. If I've already decided to visit a country and pay the airfare/transportation, lodging, meals, and other expenses, then the visa fee is usually just a drop in the bucket.
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Old 01-22-2015, 01:06 PM
 
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Not really, especially when you consider the fact that 95% of my visa expenditures have gone into Canadian student visas. Now, the visa cost of visiting a country looks like small potatoes.
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Old 01-22-2015, 01:21 PM
 
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No, they're generally peanuts compared to the total cost.
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Old 01-22-2015, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean
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The most expensive visa fee that I paid was $535 for an Australian student visa (it was a little less once you factor in exchange rates, but not by much). While that amount would normally at least make me think twice about traveling anywhere on vacation, I've yet to come across a general tourist visa that cost more than $150 (that's what I paid to visit Beijing in 2008). So, to answer your question, yes, a high enough tourist visa fee could very well make me decide against visiting a country; I've just yet to encounter such a fee.
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Old 01-22-2015, 02:36 PM
 
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Most expensive visa fees for Americans

Nigeria: $275 Congo Republic: $200 Algeria: $191 Azerbaijan: $180 Brazil: $180 Russia: $173 Afghanistan: $160 Argentina: $160 (Reciprocity Fee) Bangladesh: $160 Belarus: $160 Bolivia: $160 Chile: $160 Kazakhstan: $160 Kuwait: $160 Paraguay: $160 Qatar: $160 Sierra Leone: $160 Uzbekistan: $160 Libya: $155 Sudan: $151
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Old 01-22-2015, 04:09 PM
 
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It's not the fee necessarily, it's the time, pain, and paperwork. Most of my visa's are paid by my company but this is an example of what's needed for my China business visa...and I have to do this every year:

Fill out the China application
Fill out separate visa service application
Get two passport photos
Get signed letter from company in China saying what I will be there for
Get signed letter from my company saying what I will be there for
Provide proof of residency
Provide passport, which has to have open space and be valid for a period of time beyond application date

all forms have to be done exactly in according to a certain format (i.e. China application must be typed and in Capital letters, invitation letter must be on company letterhead and must include certain info).

Then you have to take it to the Chinese Embassy, the closest of which is about 300 miles away (we use a visa service however, which means fedexing everything back and forth). My China visa costs my company close to $500 and takes at least two weeks. Process is similar with my visas to Brazil and India.

There are some visas...tourist visas...you can get at the countries airport for some countries. Pffffftt, I would pay extra for that privledge of avoiding all the hassle.
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