To check the status of a visa application, visit the desired country's government website and follow the outlined instructions. The visa application process varies by country, but many countries allow travelers to view application statuses by visiting their website and inputting their visa case number. Visit the U.S. Department of State's travel website to learn more about obtaining a visa as an American traveling abroad.Continue Reading
Other important criteria to consider when traveling to a foreign country include:
Not all countries require that U.S. citizens obtain a visa, but all countries require that travelers possess a valid proof of citizenship or passport to enter and exit the country. Review the intended country's requirements for entry.
Some countries require that travelers receive an International Certificate of Vaccination against yellow fever, and other countries require travelers to take prophylactic medication for malaria. Review the immunization requirements of the country when applying for a visa.
Long-term visitors of certain countries are required to obtain an AIDS test as a requirement for entry. Long-term refers to travelers who plan to stay in the area for longer than 90 days.
Departure, immigration and customs fees are often required to be paid in advance of intended travel. These fees are often part of ticket prices, but some fees may also be required upon exiting the foreign country. Review all travel details and fees before departure.Learn more about Geography