Top Honeymoon Destinations and their Visa Requirements
Choosing a honeymoon destination can be a difficult decision. Many people, when they hear the word honeymoon, automatically think of a sunny destination by the beach (or pool), palm trees swaying in the light breeze, drinking delicious cocktails, while getting a good top up of your Vitamin D.
Here is an outline of some of the world’s top honeymoon destinations and the visa you will be required to obtain, if you choose to visit one of these lovely destinations for your honeymoon...
Like myself, the majority of the population would need little to no convincing that the Maldives would be an ideal honeymoon destination. The islands of the Maldives are blessed with magical and breath-taking displays of sunshine for the better part of the year, with average temperatures of 23 – 31 degrees.
Accommodation in the Maldives is often not just a room, but a private love nest. Many resorts offer your own private pools, luxurious bathrooms, glass bottom floors, private steps down to the lagoon, lounges or hammocks under the stars, with picture perfect views across the horizon, making it hard not to feel like you’re in your own little paradise.
You do not need to organise a visa prior to arriving in the Maldives, however, all visitors must satisfy basic entry requirements before they can be considered for entry into Republic of Maldives. You must have a valid return or onward ticket, a pre-paid hotel booking and a validity of 6 months on your passport. Your tourist visa will be valid for up to 30 days.
Bali is the most popular holiday destination in Indonesia, and for good reason. Also known as the ‘Isle of Gods,’ Bali has it all, from snorkelling, exploring volcanoes, monkey forests, gorgeous rice fields, visiting Balinese temples, sipping a Bintang beer in the pool bar, horse-riding along the beach, or catching some rays on one of the many serene beaches.
Being just 8 degrees south of the equator, Bali has a fairly even climate all year round. Average temperatures are around 30 degrees, with a humidity level of about 85%, making water sports one of the most popular activities in Bali.
Although Bali is quite a small island, depending on the location you choose to stay in, you can have a completely different type of honeymoon. But no matter where you stay, the Balinese have a reputation for being extremely warm and welcoming, making your stay even more special.
There are 140 nationalities that do not need a visa to travel to Bali. You can stay for up to 30 days, making your travel to Bali stress free. You must, however, ensure you have 6 months validity on your visa.
Between the beautiful beaches surrounded by picturesque landscapes, crystal blue waters and white sands, to the stunning sunsets, cocktails by the sea and surrounding colourful flora, it would be hard to imagine a more romantic setting for a honeymoon than Hawaii.
Hawaii consists of 8 main islands, the most popular being Oahu and Maui. Much like Bali, Hawaii is certainly not lacking in things to do or see. With a fairly consistent temperatures of 23-32 degrees, all year round, outdoor activities are in abundance. Whether it be a long walk along Waikiki beach, snorkelling, kayaking, a catamaran cruise along many of Hawaii’s gorgeous coastlines, a day of exploring the beautiful waterfalls or volcanoes, or even a trip to the historic Pearl Harbour.
To travel to any state in the USA, you are required to attain an ESTA travel visa. Your ESTA is valid can be used for multiple trips within a 2-year validity, with duration of up to 90 days at a time.
The Caribbean region benefits from a tropical climate, with year-round beach temperatures, making it one of the most desirable holiday destinations in the world. The Caribbean archipelago consists of more than 7,000 islands, including 13 sovereign island nations and 12 dependent territories, so you are certainly spoilt for choice when choosing a Caribbean honeymoon destination.
There is a wealth of romantic and all-inclusive hotels, across the popular islands of the Caribbean from Barbados, to Saint Lucia, Jamaica, Antigua, Cuba, Aruba or Dominican Republic. Generally, you will be greeted with sunshine and temperatures of mid 20s to low 30s and welcoming Caribbean style hospitality.
You will find many Caribbean activities on both land and sea, including; catamaran cruises, swimming with turtles, snorkelling the crystal blue waters, shopping in the many market places, sampling some local delicacies or enjoying a rum cocktail while watching an exquisite sunset over the beautiful Caribbean beaches.
Visa requirements vary slightly across the Caribbean, depending on the islands’ nation. Most of the islands do not require a holiday visa, for a stay under 90 days. It is advisable to check with your agent or online to make sure, be sure to check this at least a month prior to your trip, to allow time to attain a visa if required.
Non-tropical holiday destinations
If a sunny destination and laying by the pool/beach is not your idea of an enjoyable time, then there are many other destinations to consider that offer historical, cultural, architectural or shopping experiences. Some other popular honeymoon destinations to consider could be; Dubai, Paris, New York, Rome, New Orleans, Japan, Amsterdam, Tuscany or Whistler.
Be sure to check out the government website of your destination of choice, for all the information you need on travel visas and travel advice.
Congratulations and happy honeymooning!
Written by Nikki Martin - Senior Recruitment Resourcer - Immigration & Expatriate Services at Alchemy Recruitment Ltd.