It's great that you are planning to take part in The Mongol Rally. The Visa Machine is here to help you deal with the most bureaucratic and boring part of the trip planning.

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 a large number of countries remain closed for tourism making it impossible for the Rally to go through them. However, some of them are starting to open up slowly and we are making sure to keep the visa requirements updated on our website so that you could get up to date information on the countries you are planning to travel through. We are also looking for a way to make the COVID-19 safe travel possible by enabling you to book COVID-19 tests en-route where they are required for entry into the next country.

So for now, check the visa packs to see which visas you will need for the route you are taking and once things settle down and you decide to go ahead and use our help in obtaining your visas, don't forget to use the discount code MR2021 to get 15% off our service fees.

If you've got questions or want to start working out your route, check out our Help centre, chat to us online or just drop us an email and we'll be happy to talk it through with you.

How long is a piece of string?

But really, average processing time for a visa is about 1-2 weeks. This can vary wildly however, depending on what visa you’ve applied for, where your application needs to go, and even how the embassy is feeling that day.

eVisas are often quicker to process, at around 2-5 working days. These are processed electronically and once they’re approved, we email them back to you.

For some visas, your application will have to be sent abroad to the nearest embassy. In these cases, processing time will be longer to allow for extra postage time.

Depending on the visa/eVisa some embassies provide an express service, for that last-minute visa you didn’t think you needed.

As a general rule of thumb, we would recommend applying for your visa at least 1-2 months from your departure date, but again, make sure you check the processing times for the visa you’re applying for. It’s also worth noting that processing times normally do not include weekends.

You can find approximate processing times under ‘Important Info’ when you search for your visa on our website. For more detailed instructions on how to use our website, flick over to this help section; All about The Visa Machine / How does the website work?


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