Welcome to the Visa Machine

Travel The Unknown welcomes you to The Visa Machine page

We offer small group tours and tailor made tours to off-the-beaten-track destinations which our travel experts have personally crafted, and many of our destinations require visas prior to entering the country.

Often contacting or visiting an embassy in your country can be time-consuming and a complicated process. That’s why we have teamed up with the Visa Machine, experts in travel visas, to deliver a reliable and easy way to obtain a visa. Simply choose your visa(s), fill out the required forms, send it to the Visa Machine who will cross-check everything is correct. You can then track your visa’s progress online.

We look forward to seeing you on one of our tours soon.

What's The Visa Machine?

We're here to take the hassle out of getting travel visas. Whatever the purpose of your travel, we'll take care of the bureaucracy so you can sit back and think about something more interesting.

We started out specialising in the most complicated visas in the world, which made us experts at doing the sort of paperwork most organisations won't touch. We're obsessed with using technology to make getting your visas as easy as possible.

All you need to do is choose the visas you want, follow the online instructions and send your passport and paperwork to us. We check it all over, process and submit the applications to the Embassies, check the visas when they're finished and then send your passport back to you. We keep you informed throughout.

Why use us?

It's possible to get your visas without our help. But for many visas, getting your application processed means two trips to each Embassy for every visa you need or shedding out on a lot of special delivery postage. Sometimes the Embassy websites have incorrect information on them, so it can turn into quite a faff. The extra work, expense and delays often make it cheaper and definitely more convenient to use us.

What our customers say about us.

"I found everyone I spoke to or corresponded with very helpful."

Anne MacAskill - Mongol Rally 2016.

"Been using The Visa Machine for 5 years and must have gotten nearly 100 visas through them. They've saved me days of work and stress and a tonne of money. Honestly, there is no service like them. They are beyond awesome. I couldn't recommend them highly enough."

Rob Mills - multiple time Mongol Rally veteran.

"My passport with the visa arrived safely, so just a big Thank You to you and everyone for the awesome service. Just want to add that I particularly appreciated the update emails on the status of my application – great peace of mind. Will recommend you guys to everyone."

Ela Tarnowska

"Amazing work – fully recommend you to other colleagues and such a quick turnaround. Many thanks!"

Harry Murphy.

"I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your enormous help in sorting out my visa. I'm ready to go on my adventure."

Silvie Sarlejova

"Passport received… all visas in order! Thanks for your help and efficient processing…. Much appreciated – would recommend you to anyone in future!!!!!

Matthew Armstrong.

"Only after I had booked the trip online I realized how long it can take to get the visa. Speaking to the travel agent didn't make things easier - rather the opposite - and I have to admit that I felt a little stressed for a moment. As soon as I started dealing with you things looked so much better. Thanks so much for your help and support. You have been absolutely amazing. A huge thank you to the team at the Visa Machine!"

"I have to say this was incredibly easy and quick. Amazing service guys. You were all helpful, your site was incredibly easy to use and the process saved me a lot of time, stress and hassle."

Nick Robinson.

"I’ve been using the Visa Machine for years now and they always surpass my expectations, especially on some of the trickier requests that I’ve made. They make the visa application process seem easy (which it so often isn’t!) and they’re a real pleasure to work with. I can’t recommend them highly enough!"

Leon McCarron, Adventurer and Filmaker.

"We have received our passports with all the visas we require. Thank you so much for your services and constant correspondence with us over the last few months. Your customer service is impeccable."

Callum Beattie.

"Just a little note to say a big thank you to all the team for all your wonderful efforts at the moment. Thanks to you guys I get to go on a majorly easier holiday with a lot more money in my pocket to make my trip last even longer. Superstars!"

Richard Terry.

"I am so glad I asked you guys to process the visa for me. You did a great job! Thank you."


"I've been using the Visa Machine for the last four years and now can't imagine a travelling life without them! They take all the hassle and headache out of the sometimes dull and laborious visa application process, and always do so with enthusiasm and efficiency. Bravo chaps!"

Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent, Adventurer and Travel Writer.

"The Visa Machine helped us out with a very complicated shoot and enabled us to get crew and contributors' visas at very short notice. Their service was impeccable and the process turned into a very simple, pain-free one. They turned eight visas around for us within 48 hours. All was delivered as per their promise, on time and on budget."

Wiliam Gruffydd Edwards, Head of Production, Boomerang Plus plc

"Thank you ever so much for everything you have done for me, and for how long you have put up with all my questions and emails!? I'm very grateful!.. Very good guidance and support throughout for people who never went through the process of applying for visa. Thanks again!"

Karolina Kiper.

"Can I just say a massive thank you for your professionalism and patience with my constant emails and phone calls!! Was stressing! You put my mind at ease and done a great service. The Indian visa isn't the simplest to get so paying your extra fees was more than worth it. You can quote me on that. Thanks again."

Karl Foster.