In this page we will have a look at the specificities of the countries we went through after having given some useful links to help you.
For our trip we took no visa beforehand. French, especially good looking-ones like us, have in fact the chance of having a really easy access to the vast majority of the world, and as we do not have any plans and that we do not want to have one, we decided to go like this.
Most of the visas can be obtained at the border. You must however be careful with some countries, like Sudan for example, that require a preliminary visa demand in some embassy, with official-color official-size picture, bla bla. Usually the visa length goes from one to three months depending on the country. But Turkmenistan for example give only a 5-days transit visa, so get informed before!
For France, a lot of visas are free or cheap. The entire Europe/Schengen area for a start, but as well as most of America and a great deal of Asia. In Africa on the other hand you must often take your bank notes out, from 20€ up to 100€. But if at the border they ask you for a baksheesh and that you have time, you can always try to stay in front, make a tea or a coffee and offer some to the border police. In less than 24h you should be in the country after they will understand that you will not spend one pesetas more than you should.
Some links to guide you in your researches:
- The embassies of each country, a simple search thanks to DuckDuckGo of course is enough (euh why DuckDuckGo?)
- Your country has probably an official website that advices you for each country, and all the restrictions that are related to your passport. Be careful though, official websites have a tendency to discourage going in 100%-safe countries. But 100%-safe does not exist and these information has to be compared to other websites and personal experiences.
- France for example has another system called Ariane (but only working for French citizens) that you might find interesting and it maybe exists in you country. You can signal your trip to your beloved motherland so that the government know a citizen is outside the territory, more or less where he is and in which period. They send you emails as well if major changes happen in a country you declared: earthquakes, violent demonstrations and so on. We don’t know how effective this really is and if France is really going to do something for you if anything happens, but it is up to you to see if this system is interesting. It is free, an free stuff are (almost) always good to take.
The non-officialzz, a bit less scary than the government’s one
- Nomadwiki : Before, all information were on another special Wiki called Visawiki. But the Wiki was stopped and since then all the informations were transferred to Nomadwiki, so in the bottom on each page you can find a lot of stuff. But be careful not everything is up to date!
- Wikivoyage : It is written in the name, it is a travel Wiki. A lot of good infos to give you an idea about the country.
- The page Visa requirements by nationality of Wikipedia is really complete.
- The website Visa Mapper shows on a map all different types of visa of each country depending on the nationality. The data is collaborative and thus entered by users. Handy to use but the information are not very detailed.
Infos about the countries we visited
This is our personal experience and information so nothing official in there he he! This worked for two young French guys. The prices are given by person.
Europe (November-October 2014): We had no problems to enter any country in all Europe, Schengen or not, and everything was free. But for all-non Schengen citizens, you can only stay 3 months and then you have to go out.
Turkey (December 2014-February 2015): For France and Germany, and probably some more, there is no visa and you can stay up to three months every 6 months. It means that you can go out of Turkey for 40 days for example, and we you come back you still have your 40 days. In case of an overstay you are risking a fine starting at 400 lyra, and sometimes even an entry ban for several years.
Cyprus (February-May 2015): European Union so no probzz. We arrrived in the North part (which is almost Turkish), and we had no problems to enter the Greek side and then move from north to south as much as we wanted. If you are not EU-citizen, it might not be possible to enter from the North part and then go to the South one.
Israel (May-June 2015): We arrived in cargo ship from Cyprus, so we were a bit weird since the beginning. Long interview to come in, but we did nothing wrong, we didn’t lie, we told them we were going to Sudan after, so we entered without any problem. There was no visa and we could stay three months with single entry. At the border through Hussein Bridge, we had the good surprise having to pay 101 Shekels (25 euros). Because we were going to Sudan after and that an visit in Israel does not allow it, here is how we did.
Jordan (June-July 2015): Arriving by land, our one-month visa with single entry costed us 40JD (50 euros). We left with a ferry (Aqaba-Nueiba in Egypt) with another tax of 10JD or 12,5 euros. We asked our visa on a separate paper, like the Israeli one and it became like this untraceable that we went to Israel.
Egypt (July 2015): Visa on arrival from the ferry, took some time but no problem, USD 25. Then to leave the country we hitchhike from Aswan to Abu Simbel and took a local ferry until Qustul (5EGP per person, about 0,6 euros. They didn’t have the change so we payed 10EGP each). On the ferry we asked a truck that brought us to this crazy border in the middle of the desert. Again 50EGP (6 euros) to “get access to the border” and we could enter Sudan.
Sudan (July-August 2015): Two things for Sudan: you must not have a proof that you went to Israel, and secondly you must get your visa in advance, in Cairo for 100 US dollzzz, or in Aswan for 50 US dollzz (about 390EGP). In Aswan, they told us two days, we came back the day after and they did it in front of us not really searching if we went to the “forbidden country” oulala. In the country though we told only very few Sudanese that we went there. The good surprise of Sudan is that you need to register within three days, at the border or at any police station for the very nice price of 275SDG (or 285?), about 40 euros at the official rate and 275 at black market, yes yes yes, 1 for 10 and not 1 for 6,8. No taxes at the land border of Metema in Ethiopia.