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Your Ultimate Visa Guide for North and South Americas

By Niharika H Salvi
11 Apr 2019

Applying visa for the Americas is not an easy task because each country has different requirements. For instance, some countries may request a personal interview, while others won’t. We’ve listed down several popular countries and their visa unique requirements for you. This will help shortlist the ones that suit you.


If you haven’t taken a trip to the US, add it to your list now. With New York, San Francisco, Florida and many such destinations, each state in America offers tourists a different experience. On an average, Visa for USA takes at least 2 to 3 weeks to process, so you have to plan early for this one. The basic cost of the Visa starts at USD 160*. Moreover, being Indian comes with its benefit when you already have a valid USA Visa. While travelling to the US your passport just needs to be valid for your intended stay and no more time after that. However, while applying for USA Visa, it should be valid for at least 6 months. So what’s the wait! Book Flights to the US Now.


Home to the popular Cancun and Mexico cities, the lovely country of Mexico is situated in North America. Hundreds and thousands of tourists are curious to visit it due to its breath-taking white sandy beaches and well-preserved ancient sites of Aztec and Mayan. If you want to visit Mexico you need to plan your travel well in advance. Similar to USA, Mexico Visa for Indians takes about 2 to 3 weeks to process, and costs around INR 2,540*. An interview is mandatory for this Visa. However, if you already have a valid Visa for USA, UK, Canada, Japan or Schengen, the good news is that you can stay in Mexico without a Mexican Visa for about 180 days. 


Second largest country in world, Canada houses some of the most beautiful landscapes and unique wonders on earth. Although the country has long and chilly winters, Canada also has the most hospitable and friendly people! In about 15 days, your Visa for Canada is processed and it costs around CAD 200*. The Canadian Embassy allows you to apply for Visa online as well as offline. However, make sure that any and every supporting document submitted is in A4 size. Plus, they have recently started biometrics process.

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Boasting of the mountains, glaciers, tropical islands and urban cities, Chile is a South American beauty that you must visit. From the popular Torres del Paine National Park to the capital city of Santiago, Chile is quickly becoming one of those irresistible tourist destinations. Visa to Chile is processed in just about 5 to 8 days, but there are some important rules and regulations to note. These include – Visa is to be applied online, and once approved, your passport should be submitted for stamping; in case your Visa is done through an agent/third party, an authority letter attested by local notary person should be submitted. The Chile Visa costs about INR 3,900*. However, you are at luck! Chile Immigration recently announced, Visa waiver for India Nationals holding a valid 6 months multiple entry USA Visa.


Argentina is a country where you’ll always find some adventure. It is quickly flourishing as a popular tourist destination because it is perfect for all ages. You can explore the exciting nightlife, go hiking in the mountains or just enjoy the beautiful Argentinian flora and fauna. The average processing time of Argentina Visa is 10 days, once the application is submitted. The best part is the embassy charges zero money to process the Visa, so you only have to pay the service fees and taxes. While applying for Visa, make sure that the original invitation letter, cover letter and the chamber letter are in Spanish. The embassy usually calls in for an interview. Moreover, Argentina has recently started the e-visa process.

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Covering almost half of South America’s landmass, Brazil offers so much for its tourists. With the sprawling attractions, from Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue to the beautiful beach and shoreline, Brazil is worth visiting more than once. As the Brazil Visa take about 5 to 7 working days to process, a trip to the country can be planned quickly and multiple times. The Visa costs around INR 6,000* and has to be applied online. All mandatory documents have to be uploaded. Plus, you have to submit the original/copy (printed back to back) of invitation letter containing Brazil notary stamp.


As far as the human eye can see, Peru is just pure and pristine natural beauty. It is the land of Incas and home to the popular tourist spot, Machu Picchu. There are also endless options for visitor to keep themselves entertained. Peru visa for Indians costs INR 2,500*, and is processed in just 4 to 5 working days. The important things to note are that impression of the applicant’s middle finger is needed on the Visa form, along with an invitation letter that is apostille by the Peru authorities. However, all this paperwork can be escaped if you have a multiple-entry Visa for USA, UK, Canada, Australia or Schengen countries that is valid for 6 months. 

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Caribbean Islands

Comprising the Caribbean Sea, its islands and surrounding coasts, the Caribbean region is home to some of the most incredible tourist destinations. As vast as it is, Caribbean Islands’ Visa requirements vary from country to country. Indians visiting Jamaica can get their Visa on arrival, while for Bahamas you don’t need a separate Visa if you already have a Visa for Canada, UK, USA or a Schengen country valid for a maximum stay of 90 days. On the other hand, if you are heading to Cuba, your Visa should be processed at least one month to one week prior to your travel dates. Moreover, Indians can roam Visa-free in the Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago.

Whether you have or haven’t travelled abroad, common knowledge is that Visa requirements for each country are different. The most important thing to note while travelling abroad is that your passport should be valid for 6 months after your intended stay. This is something people who often travel abroad are aware. There are many such other details your need to consider while applying for Visa. To know more, contact our Visa Experts.

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