British and Irish passport holder information
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, valid for at least six months after the date of return to the UK. You must also have all visas and vaccination certificates that are necessary to enter or pass through any countries involved in the journey or tour. Visa requirements are listed in individual Trip Notes, but please note that this information is subject to change. If required, visas can be obtained through the Explore Visa Service or the relevant embassy or consulate.
Visa requirements should be confirmed with the relevant embassy or consulate. Unless otherwise stated (see ‘Y’ below), visas are not required for tourist visits of up to 30 days. General Note: Some countries refuse admission to travellers not meeting their accepted standards of dress or appearance (even if they hold a visa). Entry may also be refused to certain countries if your passport bears stamps or visas (valid or expired) for Israel. Please note, all visa and vaccination information was compiled in August 2011. Please note it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct, current information in good time before departure and that you act on it.
We have partnered with Visa Swift; a company who specialise in visa processing. Please visit their website to download visa application forms, follow links to important embassy websites or make general enquiries about their visa service. Visa Swift also offer a full range of passport services including; passport renewals, second passports and replacement passports. The Visa Swift service is easy to use, simply go to their website and enter the tour that you are travelling on. The website will then tell you which visas you need for your trip. At any time, you can track the progress of your visa application online. Please telephone 0207 405 1616 for more information or visit the Visa Swift site: www.visaswift.com/explore.aspx
Lone parents travelling with children
Single parents or other adults travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. For further information on exactly what will be required at immigration please contact the consulate of your destination country (this information can be found on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website www.gov.uk/fco
(1) Visa may also be obtained on arrival. (2) Visa not required if holding tourist card issued by Explore. (3) Visa fee waived if arriving & departing with group (passport details needed min 10 days in advance) otherwise visa issued on arrival. (4) Valid International Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever required if arriving after transiting infected/endemic area or if visiting Puerto Maldonado – Tour Ref. FPSA and FPTA. (5) For the Azores and Madeira only. (6) Passport must have 2 clear blank pages for entry stamp. (7) Visitors to Spain must now provide Explore with Advance Passenger Information (API) in order to be allowed boarding point of origin. API requires DOB, Nationality and Passport number. Please have these details to hand when booking. (8) Visas not required provided entering by sea/air on a carrier participating in the Visa Waiver Program. From Jan 12th 2009 onwards, it will be compulsory for all travellers to the US to provide their personal details online using the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) well in advance of travel (and not less than 72hrs prior). Visit: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/. (9) Visa not required if holding Tourist Card issued by authorised airlines.
Specialist Visa Services
Explore have partnered with Visa Swift, the experts in Visa processing.
Click on the logo to take you to a website where you can download visa application forms, follow links to important embassy websites and enquire about their visa service.
Visa Swift also offer a full range of Passport Services. Passport renewals, second passports, replacement passports can all be obtained by VisaSwift.
Easy to use
Simply enter the tour that you are travelling on into the website, and it will automatically work out for you which visas you will need for your trip!
Peace of mind
Visa swift can take all of the hassle out of obtaining visas for your trip, their experts can answer your questions, while you track the progress of your visa online using your unique tracking reference.
Please telephone 0207 405 1616 for more information or visit the Visa Swift site.