International travel is slowly opening up again, but that also means business and leisure travelers will have to think about visa restrictions again when they take to the air. No one has ever enjoyed the visa application process, but Atlys promises to simplify the process. The company announced today that it has raised $ 4.25 million in seed funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. Pinterest co-founders Ben Silbermann and Evan Sharp also participated in this cycle, with The Chainsmokers’ Mantis VC (yes, those Chainsmokers), Long Journey Ventures, South Park Commons Fund and Ari Emanuel’s Endeavor.
Atlys contends that it can take travelers up to 13 hours to complete the visa process for various countries – and that’s without trying to understand the ever-changing demands of COVID testing and vaccination. While most business travelers work with agencies that dramatically speed up this process, especially for repeat inquiries, Atlys promises to cut the process down to five minutes.
Using the company’s iPhone app, travelers answer a few questions about their trip (where you are, where you are going, why you are traveling, etc.) and scan their documents. There are smart integrations here too, with the ability to take passport photos and then pick them up at Walgreens (or have them delivered) or ask your manager for a signed employment letter through DocuSign.
The price depends on where you are and where you are going, but it tops out at around $ 50.
The company was founded by Mohak Nahta, who himself came to the United States as an immigrant. âI am delighted to have such an incredible group of investors supporting Atlys and our mission, âhe said. “It is because of their experience and invaluable advice that will propel us further in our quest to simplify travel and create a seamless process for all.” “
The company plans to use the new funding to strengthen its team and expand its coverage to more country pairs.
âOne of the things we look for in founders is ‘product-founder fit’, which means that the founder has a unique view of the market or the problem they are trying to solve? As an immigrant myself, I immediately appreciated how Mohak so deeply and personally understood the cumbersome visa process and how he used his knowledge to build Atlys, âsaid Sriram Krishnan, General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. âThe magic of Atlys lies in its ability to connect many disparate systems behind the scenes, while providing a simple and streamlined end customer experience.