Did you know that your US, UK, Canada or Schengen Visas can take you to more than 20 new countries?
You can explore over 20 new countries if you have a valid US, UK, Canada or Schengen visa. Here's how it works and why you should always have one of these visas.
How are you? I am excited to share this cool information with you. If you’re using your US, UK, Canada or Schengen visa to only the issuing country, you’re not using it to the maximum potential. You can visit more than 20 additional countries without a visa, just by having one of the above visas. Cool, right? So why don’t many people know about this?
Hold up, before we dive into that. I need to ask you this:
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Now, let’s go to the curious topic of the day. You ready?
Did you know that if you have a valid visa to the US, UK, Canada or Schengen, you can visit more than 20 additional countries? Here are the countries you can visit:
Notice some of the exciting countries on there? Add Egypt and Morocco because you can get Visas on Arrival in these countries if you have any of the above visas. See here.
So, how about access? Well, some of the best ways to fly from Nigeria to these countries (especially the ones in the Americas such as Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, British Virgin Islands, Antigua, etc) are on European airlines like KLM, Air France and Lufthansa. However, you can only transit in these countries with a US, Canada or Schengen visa. So, that means if you’re trying to use your UK visa to visit any of our 20+ countries, you’ll have to fly an airline that allows you pass through Britain or an airline that does not require transit visas at all. The route might be longer, but hey!
Having these visas on your passport makes sure you can select ANY airline for all your trips. You can consider Qatar Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways and Turkish Airlines for flights that do not have transit visa restrictions.
So, how come people don’t know about this? Well, I am not sure. I think people usually focus on going to the UK, US, Canada and Europe when they get those “big” visas. Also, people may just not realize it. So that’s what Show Me One Thing is for.
Did you know this? Now that you know, what country would you like to visit with your US, UK, Canada or Schengen visa?
Before you go, I would like to say thank you for being a part of this community. Please, keep sending me lovely emails with your comments and questions. I see that majority of you open and read the emails but I truly love when you respond to me.
I know about this "visa hack" but wasn't sure of the countries Nigerian passport holders could enter with them. Thanks for sharing, Funmi 👍🏾
Thank you for the awakening. I have been under utilizing such money-saving opportunity.
It is a good thing that these countries are exploiting their proximity with the US to drive tourism home by easing the visa acquisition process towards a welcoming outlook. If you've passed the ''big -4'' scrutiny you are good enough for our country. Just pay at the gate and enter :-). Common sense thing, really. One can redeploy the travel cost to those embassies for a separate interview as their visa fee on arrival.
Do you reckon in the near future one or any of these 'four big visas' may become the standard reserve like the US Dollar, for travel purpose? A system where one can travel to a US consul, do an interview and be certified okay to visit several others within a year. I mean, we already have it with the Schengen, why not...
Also, are you planning to have SMOT as an app sometime in the future?
Do have a great day!