Travellers should make sure they have plenty of time to apply for visas when they are journeying outside the EU

Airport Parking and Hotels (APH.com), the long-stay airport parking specialist, is helping UK holidaymakers plan ahead by compiling a comprehensive guide highlighting the requirements and costs of tourist visas for the major holiday destinations outside the EU. The research is available in the Know Before You Go section of the website at www.aph.com/visaregulations.

It compares visa regulations for UK nationals, including how to apply, the cost to process the application and the period of cover for the visa. The table also details how long travellers will have to wait for documents and visas to be processed, thereby helping travellers plan how far in advance visas should be applied for.

Of the 18 countries featured in the research, nine were found to require visitors to obtain a visa (or the necessary documents such as the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation, ESTA) before travelling to destinations including Australia, Cambodia, China, Russia and Turkey. Countries such as Kenya and Mauritius, however, allow visitors to obtain visas upon entry into the country.


With regards to the processing of visas, holidaymakers looking to travel to Russia, Australia, China will need to plan far in advance with the processing time taking up to 10 working days, 14 working days and one month accordingly.

Not many of the destinations were found to offer online applications which enable travellers to complete and receive confirmation almost immediately. Cambodia and the USA are the only two countries allowing online submissions.

For Single Entry Visas valid for under 30 days, there is no cost when travelling to Madagascar and Thailand but a charge of £20 when travelling to Nepal.

The cost of visas was found to vary greatly, with Cambodia charging £13 for the E-Visa when purchased with a credit card and Australia offering the eVisitor visa for free. When travelling to China, the Single Entry Tourist Visa and Multiple Entry Tourist Visa cost £30 and £150 but for the same visas to Egypt, travellers will pay £15 and £18.

Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) is the UK’s award-winning airport parking operator and booking agency. APH offers parking at all major UK airports as well as airport hotels packaged with parking and airport lounges. Furthermore, APH is also a carbon-balanced company and has, through support of the World Land Trust, helped purchase more than 1,000 acres of endangered rainforest.

For further information on Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) visit: www.aph.com