Passports, visas, and vaccinations

Most destinations require passports for entry; however, entry requirements vary by country and citizenship. A general requirement for Asian countries is that all passports must contain at least five blank pages and must be valid for six months after the completion of the trip.

Visa requirements and fees vary widely for each country and you should check with your nearest consulate or embassy for official visa requirements in the country you intend to travel.

Passport application information

For U.S. citizens

Get your passport in order well in advance of your trip – processing times are typically 4-6 weeks (with expedited service still 2-3 weeks). Fees are currently $135-165 for a new passport, and $25 less for renewals. Get started at the U.S. State Department website.

Visas are not required for short visits to most countries, but a few countries require visas even for bike tourists! The State Department has a comprehensive listing of entry requirements for every country.

For non-U.S. citizens

Contact the embassy or consulate of your destination to get detailed entry requirements for citizens of your home country.

If obtaining or updating your passport or visa is overwhelming to you, let someone else handle all this for you!

We recommend CIBT Visas. Their services include:

  • Passports: Applications, renewals, extra pages, replacements if lost/stolen; Expedited filing services.
  • Visas: Up-to-date knowledge of ever-changing visa requirements and other country entrance requirements or fees; Filing visa requests; Fast-tracking requests. 
  • Concierge service: Option for a dedicated specialist to manage your entire application process from start to finish.

US and Canadian BikeToursDirect clients get 30% off service fees. Learn more about CIBT Visas:  

  • US citizens > 
    Or call 1-800-577-2428, reference account number 101052.*
  • Canadian citizens > 
    Or call 1-888-665-9956, reference account number 11842.*
  • UK citizens >
    Or call 0207 963 3873, reference your are traveling with BikeToursDirect for the discount.**
  • Australian citizens >
    Or call 1300 882 977, reference account number 300507.***

Tip: We recommend photocopying your passport and keeping the copy in a separate place (like a checked bag) in case your passport is lost or stolen. Or scan your passport and email it to yourself as an attachment (we're pretty serious about packing light). Even if you lose your bags, you can still download it online. It's also helpful to have several passport photos with you in case you need to replace your passport.

Vaccinations and health

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have information on vaccinations and preparation measures that are useful for travelers of all nationalities. The World Health Organization also offers detailed country-specific health information.

You currently do not need any vaccinations for entry into European countries or re-entry into the United States. Anyone traveling to most parts of Asia and Africa should go to see their doctor for a check-up prior to the trip. Some countries will require specific vaccinations and your doctor will have access to the most up-to-date information about this.


*CIBT Visas provides services for citizens of Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Note that service fee discount is currently valid only for services related to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia passports and visas for citizens.

**CIBT Visas bases the discount for UK clients on the current public rate. Please call them to verify the discount.

***Australian clients will receive 10% discount off service fees.