Moment of panic. The flight lands in 15 minutes, and I’ve just realized that I’ll have to pay a Visa on Arrival (VOA) fee. What’s worse is that I spent my last few dollars on gum and a magazine before I left, and it wasn’t even a very good magazine.
My empty pockets won’t impress the immigration officer, and there isn’t a single solitary clause in any book of international law that requires countries to station an ATM, bank branch, money changer, or gold mine in the controlled arrivals area of international airports.
How could I have avoided this situation? This guide is an attempt to address some of the common monetary situations that need to be dealt with in airports, especially as they relate to paying VOA and similar fees.