There are certain things I hate paying for. These include annual fees for credit cards, valet parking, and visas. Trying to avoid both the payment and the process of sending in my passport is why I have found myself in visa trouble. My latest visa adventure went very smoothly. This time I sent my passport into Visahq.com to handle my three-year multi-entry Russian visa. This morning, FedEx returned my passport to my Vegas hotel just in time for my trip to Grand Cayman and Colombia, countries that do not require a visa for tourists.
The cost for all of this was $378. Here’s the breakdown:
- $193 embassy fee for three-year multi-entry
- $79 agency service fee
- $50 invitation letter
- $56 all shipping including expedited overnight shipping
I could have saved money on shipping if I was not in a rush and perhaps other agencies process visas for cheaper but I do not mind paying the extras for peace of mind. I plan on staying in Moscow and St. Petersburg for a week and will certainly return again to make the most of my visa inconvenience.
The agency received my application on August 17th and returned it to me on August 29th.
Would you skip a country because it requires a visa?