iVisa launches an API
Since not everyone knows about iVisa, from now on, you may be seeing its API on various travel-related sites. Information regarding visas is always necessary, which is why iVisa thought it would be a great idea if webmasters would implement the new API. That way, all travel related sites can be connected to the services provided by iVisa. All the information about visas and requirements will be available just as you would access the core platform itself.
iVisa’s API was created with ease in mind. The access to information regarding visa requirements is ease, and once the API is implemented, every single visitor will be able to check whether or not he or she needs a visa, and how he or she can obtain it. The nationality and the destination do not matter since the API manages the necessary information for about 220 nationalities. The country codes are available with a simple GET request.What is even better is that the API will also allow for the application to be processed. That way, the visa will arrive via email or courier without accessing the iVisa website.
For example, let’s say that you are US citizen who wants to go to Zambia. You insert
your nationality and then Zambia as a destination. The API will provide every single detail about your application process, payment, delivery, or any other requirements you must meet in order to get your Zambia evisa.
There are two primary uses:
- Visa requirements – using the API you can find out whether or not you need a visa to enter a particular country. And if you do, what needs to be done in order to obtain it. So, instead of getting confused by all the information you find on various sites, you use the IVisa API. It provides every single piece of information you require. Accurately. All that is needed are the ISO country codes, but those can be obtained through a GET request, as mentioned above.
- Embassy requirements – although not many people know this, you can actually register your trip with an embassy. That way, the Department of State will know your whereabouts and will be able to contact you if necessary. However, since this is optional, iVisa API will handle it only if the applicant wants it to.
If you decide that you want the iVisa API on your website, all you have to do is download the SDK. However, if you are going to modify some of the API’sbehavior like many people do, you need to know that it may affect future updates from iVisa. That is why you are advised to subclass in order to avoid that. The library needs to include your credentials, which you will receive by contacting iVisa. After that, all that remains for you to do is to start building your UI.
Keep in mind that all requests must be validated. That will not only prevent abusive behavior but will also help iVisa come up with new and improved versions of the API.
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