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Old September 21st, 2014, 10:39 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, 01:12 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, 03:41 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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