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Passport and Visa Questions? The IATA Wants to Help
Is a visa required for my itinerary? Do I pay at the airport or submit in advance? Is my passport valid long enough to travel to [insert country]?
All of these are pretty standard questions for a traveler setting out to visit a new country, and yet the answers aren't always straightforward. That is, unless you're looking for those answers on the IATA's document requirements form. The process is simple: answer some specific drop-down questions regarding your passport, airlines and destination and the International Air Transport Association will use this to determine if you fit the criteria to cross a border.
We recently used it to check if we were a-okay to visit Turkey with a passport about to expire. Guess what? The IATA forms said we'd be good and, after paying the $20 tourist visa fee at Istanbul-Atatürk Airport, they proved correct.
Obviously if your travels involve complicated crossings and a few questionable destinations, then cross-referencing the IATA info with the State Department's official travel pages is recommended, but all in all, it's a site worth bookmarking.