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    Each and every year, millions of people travel to various countries around the world. However, to make the very most of your visit, no matter where you decide to travel, there are certain things that you need to be aware of. 

    At TravelMonitor, we’re putting together quick reference guides for your trips to numerous destinations around the world. Why are we doing this? To help educate the public and ensure that you are as knowledgeable as possible before ever leaving home.

    International trips can be extraordinarily beneficial. As a tourist, you can visit beautiful and historical sites in India, Egypt, or Cambodia and here at TravelMonitor, we’ll reveal a few things you need to know about each.

    Traveling without the proper documentation or even a lack of basic education can have severe repercussions. This can be especially true when traveling to certain countries or when using a multiple-entry Visa to leave and re-enter certain host countries.

    Utilizing a resource such as TravelMonitor is critical to your travel safety, not to mention the overall enjoyment of your vacation abroad. When it comes to international travel, you never want to assume anything. Even if you traveled to the country this past August, you still

    Travelling to India for Tourism and Business Visits

    India is just over one-third of the size of the United States that has some incredible sights to behold. Much of the country is rural and tourists to India find that they can spend days upon days exploring the Himalayas in the north, the beaches of the south, and of course the western desert. 

    You may have a mental-image of India as simply a destination for backpackers that has dirt everywhere and grotty hotel rooms. However, this is far from reality! Tourists can travel the country as lavishly or as cheaply as desired, and of course that is a huge reason why so many travelers pick India as their vacation destination. 

    Business tourism is generally defined as trips that are for one of four reasons commonly known as MICE: Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions. Individual business travel is normally included as well, as long as there isn’t any business within India providing payment to the international traveler. Any expenditures for accommodation, meals, transportation or entertainment generally must be paid by the visitor’s company in their home country.

    According to TRIFAC, an Indian government-affiliated state agency, India business tourism is "projected to become the fifth fastest growing business travel destination” by 2019.

    Traveling to Egypt for Tourism

    It is estimated that almost 10 million people will visit Egypt for tourism this year. Whether your ultimate goal is to see the Great Pyramid of Giza, the awe-inspiring Sphinx, the Luxor Museum, or the world-famous Egyptian Museum in Cairo, a few days in Egypt can change your life forever.

    Egypt also makes it easy for both business travelers and tourists by allowing Visas to be applied for electronically. The eVisa is an official travel document that you can receive in as little as five business days via email and after a quick print off, you can be on your way to Egypt.

    With your Passport that is valid for at least 6-months from the date you expect to arrive in Egypt and a small nonrefundable payment, you’re entitled to visit the country for up to 30-days and the eVisa is valid for 90-days from the date it is issued.

    Imagine spending 5-minutes on an online application and being able to spend the next month seeing all that Egypt has to offer. Whether you’re tired of the local winter weather or you are just ready to finally see one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, visiting Egypt for tourism has never been more popular or easier.

    Visiting Cambodia for Tourism

    Over 6 million tourists visited Cambodia in 2018 and when you consider that Cambodia's population was estimated to be 16.2 million that year, that’s an impressive tourism trade. While there’s a lot more to see than the ancient ruins of the 12th century Angkor temples, they are indeed the most popular tourist destination. 

    Angkor is located near modern-day Siem Reap and was once the seat of the mighty Khmer Empire. This Empire peaked between the 9th and 15th centuries until it was destroyed in 1431. Today, Angkor Wat is considered the largest religious monument in the world and is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In fact, Angkor Wat even appears on Cambodia's flag. 

    Visas for tourists wishing to visit Cambodia can be obtained online and citizens from multiple approved countries can even wait until they arrive at the airport in Siem Reap or Phnom Penh to get a 30-day Visa. 

    This type of Visa is also available at some of the major land border crossings but not all, so you will want to triple check before attempting to wait to get your Visa until you’re at the border. Additionally, to apply online you may be required to provide two passport-sized photos and of course there is an application fee.

    The Importance of Knowing if a Visa is Needed to Enter a Country

    These days you’re likely to find that you aren’t required to have a Visa to visit various countries as a tourist. However, with laws and regulations changing rather frequently, there could be other documents that you’re required to apply for and/or carry with you.

    Even if you recently traveled to the country of your choice, it’s extremely important that you review all travel requirements. Save yourself both time and money and take 5 - 10 minutes to ensure that your current travel documents still meet today’s regulations. 

    Forgetting to obtain proper travel documents can result in several unfavorable consequences. If you arrive without a mandatory Visa or other travel papers, you may be held by Customs Enforcement and face deportation back to your home country without being allowed to enter your desired destination even though you may be from a Visa “exempt” country.

    Assuming can also cost you more than you need to spend. Taking the time and undertaking the expense of obtaining a Visa to a particular country when it’s actually not necessary can be rather disappointing. Even though Visas are generally affordable, undo expense is never an experience anyone actually longs for.

    Don’t have your entire trip ruined over skipping a few minutes of research. Find out exactly what type of Passports are allowed and whether you need a Visa to enter the country as a tourist. You’ll be glad you did.

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