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.
An increasing number of countries are introducing eVisas, usually if the country doesn’t have many embassies around the world! eVisas are issued electronically and normally you need to print the eVisa out and bring it with you when you travel. Some eVisas don’t need to be printed out, such as the Canadian ETA, as it will show up when airline/immigration staff scan your passport.
Then you have what we call ‘old school visas’, which are physically put into your passport. Sometimes they’ll be a piece of paper, similar to an eVisa, that the embassy gives you along with your passport. More often, they’re stickers which are stuck onto a page in your passport and cannot (and should not!) be removed. You will have to send us your passport for this kind of visa, which the embassy holds onto while they process your application.
Regardless of what visa you get, it’s important to have at least 2-3 blank pages in your passport (depending on which country you’re going to) so that there’s space for immigration staff to stamp your passport when you enter and depart the country.
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