Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Joint - Combine - Multiple Country Visas

As someone who cherishes solo travelling, I keep looking for information that can be helpful for my future travel plans. One of the most daunting task for any traveler is getting the Visa. If you have planned a multi-country trip on your own, you would have spent hours reading about all the requirements/documents for obtaining the Visa for various countries in the itinerary. It is a major hassle.

But there are these joint or combined Visas that can really reduce this headache. Knowing about them and utilizing them can save a lot of time and help you have the peace of mind while travelling. I googled multiple times to get an exhaustive list of such joint offerings but couldn't find one. So I decided to create one myself. Do send me any information that you've come across in your own research.

Schengen Visa

Probably the most popular one on this list. This Visa offers free movement to 26 countries in Europe. It is also a substitute Visa for non-Schengen agreement countries Albania, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Bosnia & Herzegovina if you have a multiple entry Schengen Visa.

Similarly Turkey offers an eVisa to holders of multiple entry Schengen Visa.


This is a newly implemented single Visa for Thailand & Cambodia, available for nationals of 35 countries. Vietnam, Laos & Myanmar are the possible joiners of this scheme in near future.

East Africa Tourist Visa

A combined visa for Kenya, Uganda & Rwanda with no restriction on country of origin. It is a multiple entry visa for travelling in these 3 countries. Tanzania is touted to join this agreement but there has been no confirmed reports if this has happened. Can be obtained online by filing an eVisa application on Kenya's eCitizen portal.

British Irish Visa

Chinese and Indian nationals can visit the UK and Ireland using a single visa when travelling on certain short stay and visitor visas.

Under the British-Irish visa scheme, some Irish short stay visas will allow onward travel to the UK and some UK visitor visas will allow onward travel to Ireland. For example, under the scheme an Indian or Chinese visitor in Dublin will be able to make a short trip to London or Belfast without needing a separate visa. Alternatively an Indian or Chinese visitor in London could travel to Dublin or Cork.

Qatar-Oman Visa

This visa is issued for one month upon arrival. This visa is issued for one month upon arrival at the border for citizens of 33 countries and can be extended for another one month. This visa holder is permitted to travel freely between Qatar and Oman during the validity period of visa. 

Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) UNIVISA

The KAZA UNIVISA is a common tourist visa for the SADC region which shall be piloted by Zambia and Zimbabwe for siz months.  After the pilot period, the UNIVISA is intended to be rolled out to three other countries in the KAZA region – namely Angola, Botswana and Namibia. More countries in the SADC region are expected to join in the UNIVISA initiative at the later phase.

Currently nationals from 40 countries are eligible for this Visa.


  1. This is exactly what I'm looking for!
    SO, if I get an ACMECS Single Entry visa, can I Land on Bangkok, travel to Phnom Penh by road, get back to Bangkok with just one single entry visa or will I have to apply for a ACMECS multiple entry visa?

    1. Vrigu, as per the current arrangement the participating countries are issuing only single entry ACMECS Visa. If you plan to return to Bangkok you will have to apply for a re-entry permit (THB 1000) at the immigration in border crossing. The process generally takes about 15 minutes. It is hassle free.