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.

The visa validity is the window of time you have to enter the country before your visa can no longer be used, whereas the duration is how long you may stay in the country once you’ve entered.

Generally, visas are valid for 3 months from the date of issue. The expiry date of the visa will be printed on it whether it’s a visa stuck in your passport, or an eVisa. You must enter the country before the expiry date, or you’ll need to get a new visa.

The duration of stay is the amount of days/months/years that you can stay in a particular country once you have entered with a valid visa. For example, a 30 day visa will allow you to stay in the country for 30 days, even if you arrive on the day your visa expires (not that we recommend this!).

It’s important to note the difference between validity and duration of stay. Your visa may be valid for 3 months, but this doesn’t mean that you can stay for 3 months. The duration of stay and number of entries you can make depends on which visa you apply for.


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