Tourist Visa vs Tourist Permit
What is the difference?
As an indian citizen (i.e third world), i am required to get tourist visas upfront before i go anywhere. My question is, when i enquire about getting a tourist visa for say all of the central american countries, i am required to have a standard bunch of paperwork such as: passport, residency status (in USA), 2 photos, driver's license, bank statement and $.
Now i imagine that if i were at the border post of that country, i would require none of these other than passport, bike papers, $, and DL? Why no photos? is that because a permit is issued at the border and not a Visa?
just a bit puzzled...