New app simplifies visa application process

Applying for a visa to visit another country can be a time-consuming, stressful and often just plain annoying experience. Now, as we seem to say with increasing frequency: "There’s an app for that."

The app developed by eGoVisaGrop is called VisaPort and allows visa applications to be made with the click of a button. The free app, which is available for iOS and Android, is designed to dramatically simplify the process.

“Applying for a visa in a number of countries worldwide is far from straightforward and can be a stressful, time consuming and frustrating experience,” Ghassan Matar, eGoVisaGroup CEO, said in a statement. “The sheer volume of information and level of detail required by some countries can be daunting.”

The objective of the app is to “take the pain out of the application process by taking the visa applicant through a clear, comprehensive, intuitive and secure process that results in the traveler meeting the exact entry needs of their destination country,” he added. “For a nominal fee the traveler can save a lot of time and stress.”

While the app itself is free, there is a $25 application fee per person, though a discount is available for family applications. The fee includes the preparation of a visa application package for each applicant: the application itself, supporting documents, travel itineraries, biometrics and instructions regarding the next steps that must be taken.

The completed visa application can then be presented either electronically by direct submission to participating embassies and consulates or in hard copy form, which can be printed by the applicant. The app lets the user search up to 15,000 visa types worldwide from over 34,000 embassies and outposts with new visas and embassies being added each day. Every detail of the visa is available including cost, entry conditions, document requirements and lead times in a consistent interface and standardized format.

The app is constantly updated as entry requirements evolve. Travelers can test if they qualify using the document matrix logic, which compares the user’s enrollment against the visa requirements. The application also supports the delivery of an electronic visa, which can even be sent directly to the user’s smartphone wallet.

The app ensures that all the traveler’s information and personal data including biometric data required in the visa application process is collected in the correct format to satisfy the visa authorities for all countries in the world. All personal information is held securely on the VisaPort servers and accessible at any time by the user, making subsequent visa applications exponentially easier to process. 

In addition to its visa application functionality, the app also acts as a complete travel planning tool. Using an intuitive interface the traveler can search hotels and flights, via eGoVisa’s partner Amadeus and Expedia, with savings of up to 35 percent. The user can also shop for travel insurance from over 40 providers.

The app also has a facility for reporting lost, stolen or mislaid passports direct to the Embassy. The Embassy can then cancel or suspend the passport until it is recovered.

VisaPort is the result of over four years software development and a seven-figure investment by U.K.-based eGoVisa and is aimed at frequent business and leisure travelers. eGoVisa has partnered with major providers of travel and insurance services to create a one stop shop integrated experience for travelers.

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