It includes such detail as country of travel origin, country of passport issuance, nationality, duration of stay, country of transit, visa/papers held.
I would go to that source first than any other cobbled together fancy looking website that someone is hawking as a advertisement. And I don't know why someone would bother trying to duplicate Timatic by gathering their own info, which is guaranteed to be out of date. Honestly I don't even know how some small team could keep up with the 100x100 combinations of country/destination paperwork requirements.
It's found through the airline websites themselves, as they have to subscribe as a service, like: https://www.united.com/web/en-us/apps/vendors/default.aspx?i...
Edit: The OP's website is already so slow and low in info content, and Timatic while ugly, works. Why was this even a website worth posting about?
The system advised me to apply for an eVisa, however eligibility criteria for eVisas is exclusive to folks who have a valid EU Schengen visa. Someone who casually relied on the result without reading further would have missed this.
The bottom line is travel is expensive and visa rejections have long lasting consequences. It is foolish to rely on anything except the official immigration department website of the country in question, or an official third party who is appointed by the government.
This stuff is important and changes at the whims of bureaucrats and politicians - you need to check this yourself on the destination countries website unless it is a known quantity.
ie Canadians can probably rely on their travel status to the US if they aren't seeing something as a top story on the news. Similarly EU citizens can probably rely on the UK.. oh wait a sec.. Check this shit for unreliable countries !! (like the UK)
Probably if you are in such a situation you will quickly find out on trying to apply that you are not eligible.
While the OP's website for example (to take current news) doesn't even have an entry for Hong Kong.
Still, I think my points are valid. Unless this is a personal hobby or tinkering effort, I would advise the OP to invest his/her time on something that is sustainable and not already covered at 10x the expertise by an existing service (in a relatively stable industry, more importantly).
The country content pages contain 6 lines that look like the OP wrote them personally. That is not something that smacks of reliability.
Personally, when I see “show hn” posts, this is a signal that the OP is asking for feedback and often due to time constraints or one’s personal writing style, some folks interpret straight to the point feedback as “negative” when in reality it is generally based on the responder wanting to help.
For instance, China. It says that for US citizens a visa is required. That's half true.
* There's TWOV (transit without visa)
* Transit Visa On Arrival where if you're connecting to a third country within 24-144 hours depending which city you're visiting you can get a transit visa when you get there that entitles you to visit just the city in which you landed but not leave. 
* Hainan has a 30-day visa waiver program if you apply through a travel agency. 
* Hainan has a 30-day visa on arrival program. 
* Hong Kong and Macau are 90 days visa on arrival.
In this kind of international diplomatic space, accuracy matters more than anything else.
It will indicate Transit visa details if the country is indicated on the query as the transit country. If it's the destination then it will put the visitor requirements.
I did an example query to Hong Kong as a US citizen and Timatic returned the correct results (that the documentation you have is enough)
You get an idea of how much work is required.
On top of that if people travel by train or other means it's not that obvious to look on the website of some airline.
Also it's someone sharing their site in a Show HN, constructive feedback (missing data, wrong information) would be helpful but "Why was this even a website worth posting about?" is not.
Furthermore, the owner does not and cannot give you any warranty whatsoever, even if this would be run on membership fees not advertising clicks. Im all for OP first website project and kudos for doing something beautiful and even more so getting it up on HN this high, but this site should not exist. Without this site there is more chances that someone who seeks this info will endup on legitimate site - hopefully government run or airline run, and not take this at face value and move on with packing their bags.
Yes misinformation is dangerous, but the author certainly could link to airline sites, the official government travel information websites for each country, and wikipedia and other resources. If you can't even think far enough ahead to come up with these constructive suggestions, then maybe you should try harder or just not comment.
It's not overly harsh. When the cost of being wrong is this high, then this site (or any such site) should not be publicly available until it is reliable.
There’s a big open space in « How to achieve those requirements ».
And Timatic mostly concerns itself with entry. The requirements to work is another big open space.
I was travelling to a country which provided visa on arrival for 14 days, but my return ticket had a 1 month stay because I had a different ticket from that country to India after a week. Delta denied checking me in (took them more than an hour to solve the issue) at SFO and then Air France denied boarding me in Paris for my connection (took them 30 minutes to solve the issue).
> It includes such detail as country of travel origin, country of passport issuance, nationality, duration of stay, country of transit, visa/papers held.
Would have been nice had you commented this as a suggestion without that bashful tone, just my 2 cents.
Do I have to subscribe and make an account just for that simple information?
> Police - 999
> Ambulance - 997
> Fire - 998
> Traffic police - 993 Mobile phones - 112 or 911
> Non-emergency ambulance - 1777
> Police hotline - 1800 255 0000
> Traffic police - 6547 0000
None of them seem to be correct, except for 911. In the United States, 911 is the same for police, ambulance, fire, and "traffic police". Also, non-emergency ambulance/police are all varied depending on your current location and are usually administered by the county/city/district that you're in. There is no global number (that I'm aware of) that is the nearest non-emergency police/ambulance line.
I put in from: United States to: Mexico. The information I received begins with "Visa Required: Yes". This is news to me, as I have traveled in this manner several times and never had a visa. I don't have a visa for next week, and so I am now worried that I won't be allowed in to Mexico.
The next text presented is "Mexico city is the capital city of Mexico. Mexico is found in North america. Citizens from United states need visa to enter Mexico. In the Mexico country page you can find more tourist information about infrastructure and attractions." I do not think this text was written by someone who is a native English speaker. Some tells include not following English rules for proper noun capitalization, missing articles, and weird diction. This makes me less likely to trust the information. Is that fair? Maybe not. But it suggests the page has not been copy-edited or checked for accuracy. This text also reiterates that I would need a visa.
Then the next text says: "If you have a valid Canada, Japan, Schengen, United Kingdom, United States visa or are permanent resident you do not need visa to enter Mexico for up to 180 days." I do not understand what is being claimed here. If I have a US visa for Japan I can enter Mexico without a Mexican visa? I think what it's trying to say is if I carry a Canadian, Japanese, Schengen (EU), United Kingdom, or United States passport (not the same as a visa), I can enter Mexico without a visa for fewer than 180 days. But this is in contrast to the above text and header which claim I do need a visa.
Finally, I clicked on the Mexico page and saw that although it was missing a lot of essential information, it did tell me it's OK to possess marijuana in Mexico. A brief Google search does not make it clear if this information is correct -- I see a lot of information about how they're going to legalize but haven't yet. I am extremely concerned that this website is making a claim that, if incorrect, could get someone in serious legal trouble.
I then clicked "Visa information". This gave me a list of countries that require and do not require a visa to access Mexico. The list of countries that do not require a visa is enormous, far larger than the number above. What explains the inconsistency between the lists above and the list I'm looking at here? Even more baffling, immediately below this list of countries is text repeating the claim above that people with Canada, Japan, Schengen (EU), UK, or US "visas" do not need a visa for Mexico.
I am not trying to be negative. I am simply sharing my experience trying to use this website for a very simple use case as an actual user. After using the website, I am more unclear and concerned about my upcoming travel than I was when I started, and now I need to seek out external information to find out what is true and what is false.
Thanks, I appreciate the clarification.
I wouldn't trust a website with such low quality text and information, especially not for advice on legal/travel documents.
It's also full of other typos and badly formatted text, which I think is due to the data coming from a quick scrape of a source of dubious quality.
Also, the very first time I used it, I typed in "USA" to "Germany", and it treated the unknown string "USA" as a country, and told me a visa was required, which is also not true.
Visa policies might be very different from one country to another, updated quiet often etc.
What you believe to be the source of truth on the internet might not be the actual truth. For personal reasons I recently had to know whether or not a Visa was required for a personal short travel to Russia for a Mauritius citizen. Various information can be found on the internet, some says yes, some says no. Your website says a visa is required. However, a visa is not required in this case.
It's very tricky to get the correct information, always up to date, and your website can lead to people having issues entering a country.
Visa information is no joke. You should always get it from the local embassy website.
For example, a Chinese person wanting to go to Taiwan from china will need 2 visas: one from the chinese gov., and the other from taiwan authorities.
But when the same person leaves from another country, only the visa delivered by taiwan is needed.
Visas are complicated
If you go on the site and check, going from the US to Canada the meta title is: Canada visa for United States citizens but I get your point, will make it more obvious. Thanks, good feedback!
This is just one citizenship, country pair and I assume there's a lot more.
The rules are more complex than can be answered based on a simple citizenship+destination question.
As it is, I'm from United Kingdom, checking out a country to go to, I see and read the visa information. If I want to check out another country, I have to enter I'm from United Kingdom again.
And I always feel the question of "what am I looking at?" is best answered by looking at the form. I know the information is displayed in other places on the results page, but still, the form is the part of the page the user has already interacted with, and are familiar with.
There are many of these sites and none of them ever has information that can actually be trusted.
The truth is that entry requirements are much too complicated to treat with a single uniform method, and the only reliable way to know what you have to do is to visit both your country's foreign ministry website and the website of the foreign country's consulate in your own country. Maybe the foreign country's foreign ministry website as well.
And even then, for some countries with somewhat shaky administration and rules you still won't be sure of what you need.
No matter what your political views are about the situation, the fact is that they have separate visa rules from mainland China and should definitely be listed.
You can input your Origin and Destination, Passport info and select one way or round trip/transit etc and see the relevant information, up to date.
"A bUnited Statesiness visa requires an invitation from a company..."
>We warmly welcome you, our dear client! If you read these lines it means you have a concern, or you just want to know who is behind this site. And we want to know so let’s get together!
(follows a lenghty explanation of how to use Iavisa and on what is a Visa)
So they don't even know who they are?
Yet in the "Terms" page there is this little pearl of wisdom:
>Thirdly, it’s time to talk about protecting your data, a very special topic nowadays. It is your responsibility to keep your phone and access to the web app secure. It is not recomended to jailbreak or even root your phone, which is the process of the removing software restrictions and limitations imposed by the official operating system to your device. If you do this, it could make your phone vulnerable to malicious, viruses and malware programs, compromise your phone’s security features and it could meant that the web app won’t work properly or at all.
Since then, he went on to launch a crypto trading tool that is making him $2k/month:
So I see the value.
What I think you need to clarify and improve on is:
1- Making sure people understand that your info might not be perfect/100% accurate.
2- Provide links for people to verify any data points that are of particular value to them.
For example, on the US, there is a point about weed with the following answer: "In some states you can, in other it is illegal."
To be clear: even in states where it is legal, the Federal government considers it illegal, and your use of the substance even in a legal state will disqualify you from Visa eligibility. If you buy it and then lie, you are also breaking your Visa eligibility.
So, while your offhanded answer can be great for gathering a birds eye view on a lot of data points, users can't really place too much trust in the completeness or accuracy of any one answer.
Explaining this and linking to other sites for more in-depth info, like in the case of the USA VisaJourney.com - would great improve the usefulness of your site.
Basically, don't try to be an authority when you are not. Instead provide something that is missing; a better connection of high level, low accuracy info.
As it stands, I feel your site is more a danger to others for relying on it, than it could provide benefit.
Also a good disclaimer to add is that this concerns visa for short visits.
> In order to United Statese
I checked India to eSwatini and was not surprised to find that the country was still listed with its old name, Swaziland. The visa situation for this pair is complex with a visa preapproval that's needed and a visa to be obtained in eSwatini not at the border but at an office in the city (which you are allowed to go to). And, naturally, none of this is documented anywhere.
Info about avoiding those unofficial visa sites would also help a lot of people.
A product like this is conceptually flawed, because it is defeated by better judgement.
Tested your website - putting travel from Ukraine to Switzerland and Germany and your website says visa required, however it is not for 90 days for Ukrainian citizens holders of the biometric passport. Please update.
Also your website is really slow. Let me know, if you need hints on optimization for loading.
I use https://www.viselio.com/. They take it a step further and offer a fully automated visa application form. Just enter the country you want to travel to and they take care of the visa.
1. When I click on a country name, I see country information and have to click on a tab to see visa information. Poor user experience.
2. The "visa required" list for a country is not sorted alphabetically. It's just an unusable mess, really.
Edit: it doesn't. Just incorrect.
I use https://www.viselio.com. They take it a step further and offer a fully automated visa application form.