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Old September 21st, 2014, 11:39 PM
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Visa fees have always been an annoyance; luckily, not too many countries have charged the fees and most are reasonable. For our upcoming Dubai to Cape Town cruise i knew i had to get an Indian visa. Decided to get the 10 year visa at $175 (vs $85 for six month visa) and then paid $70 each for processing and then mail; a total of $500 for the two of us (I know it could be cheaper if i went straight to Consulate but not much). Then, I found out that we have to pay $99 to Kenya, $199 to Tanzania, and $169 to Mozambique EACH; and they are all one day port visits!!!!

Highway robbery!!!!
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Old September 22nd, 2014, 02:12 AM
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I agree. The costs of visas can often be the deal breaker for taking that long cruise.

A couple of years ago we looked at a Singapore to Istanbul cruise and the visas would have been around $1000 for the two of us. That included the service fee.

I do hope you get the most out of your one day stays in Africa.

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Old September 22nd, 2014, 04:41 AM
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Wow that's unbelievable, and to think I was complaining to my wife that we have to pay a visa for Sharm El Sheik as we fly in to join the ship - if we had sailed it it is free !!

Thanks for the heads up on all those other visas, it's something we'd never really thought about, but certainly something we will be keeping in mind from now on.

Hopefully the sights & experience will more than make up for the shock.

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Gets worse. Now they have added requirement for Yellow Fever vaccination. Shot is $130 and cheapest we have found locally to get shot administered is $100; each.

Actually two days in Tanzania; only one that I find not worth the cost is Mozambique. Only an eight hour visit. We will have a total of 10 days in Africa this trip and then another two weeks in South Africa next year.
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Thats if they let you off the ship now in Africa!!!! Could have all been for nought
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Most of those outrageous visa fees for Americans started in the good old USA.
The US Government decided to get very clever and charge higher visa fees to citizens of certain countries who wanted to visit America.
Those certain countries decided to pay you back by charging higher visa fees for Americans to enter their countries.

Your tax dollars at work.........................................
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Most of those outrageous visa fees for Americans started in the good old USA.
The US Government decided to get very clever and charge higher visa fees to citizens of certain countries who wanted to visit America.
Those certain countries decided to pay you back by charging higher visa fees for Americans to enter their countries.

Your tax dollars at work.........................................
Bruce, I understand the reciprocity. I have paid thousands in visa fees over the years knowing that I am indirectly funding US government. I just wish I could read one of your posts that said something positive about the US of A; your dislike of my country does get annoying at times. Don't get me wrong; I really appreciate the knowledge and background you bring to this site.

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Bruce, I understand the reciprocity. I have paid thousands in visa fees over the years knowing that I am indirectly funding US government. I just wish I could read one of your posts that said something positive about the US of A; your dislike of my country does get annoying at times. Don't get me wrong; I really appreciate the knowledge and background you bring to this site.

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I was born in the USA, and some of my family still lives there.
I am desperately trying - every day - to find nice things to say about my native country.
I visit the USA about once every 5 or 10 years.
Every time I visit the USA I am treated like a criminal. US Immigration officials have told me that I am a traitor, as I no longer live in the USA. When I sign off a ship in a US port , I am informed that I must leave my native country within 24 hours to avoid being arrested.
I currently live in a very sophisticated, safe, and clean country.
In America I am shocked at how dangerous and dirty everything is.

On my ship we do not have very many American passengers, but the ones we do see always seem to be very unhappy. When we get several American passengers together, they all seem to hate each other.

All my colleagues onboard are not from the USA. Not a single one of them has anything positive to say about the USA.

When we visit an American port we have to put up with drunk stevedores getting paid obscene amounts of money to insult our guests, rude Immigration officials insulting us and our guests, and incompetent, lazy shore ops people insulting us and our guests.

I did have a chance to visit middle America a few months ago. The people there were very much like the Americans I remember from 45 years ago, when I last lived in the USA. Sadly, those people do not live in any of the American ports we visit. Even more sadly, our international guests do not get to meet these Middle Americans. Instead, they meet people who convince them never to visit the USA again.
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Bruce Chafkin 1, Too bad you feel like this. I love America; however, some people don't. That is why we all have free will. Marc, sorry to hear about your added cost for the Africa cruise.
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