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Smart Backpacker is an App where you can find Visa Requirements information for any country in the world regardless of your nationality, currency exchange, health information and airline's baggage policy among others.

  • Download it for Android here.
  • Download it for iOS here

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It's the main back-end application exposing the Http Rest API (See documentation). It also contains a token generator.

  • Dependencies
    • running on localhost:8081 using docker-compose. See the source code here. Or you can also use the public API, just change the URL in the configuration.


It contains the job to insert new airline's data using plain files as the source ( is used here).


It contains some utils for cats.effect.IO, fs2.Stream, logging, testing, etc.


It has all the html page parsers and scrapers and all the jobs to insert parsed data into the DB.

sbt project scraper
  • Retrieve Visa Requirements from Wikipedia and persist it to the DB:
run visaRequirements
  • Retrieve Visa Restrictions Index (Passport Ranking) from Wikipedia and persist it to the DB:
run visaRanking
  • Retrieve Health information from CDC and persist it to the DB:
run healthInfo
  • Insert initial data (Countries and Visa Categories) into the DB:
run loadCountries
run updateCountries
run loadVisaCategories


Smart Backpacker uses PostgreSQL as the main data storage.

Tech Stack

We love Functional Programming. That's why we choose and support the Typelevel stack. We also use a few other dependencies (see build.sbt for more):

Dependency Version
cats 1.0.1
cats-effect 0.8
http4s 0.18.0
circe 0.9.1
doobie 0.5.0
fs2 0.10.2
monix 3.0.0-M3
tsec-jwt-mac 0.0.1-M9
scala-scraper 2.0.0
scalatest 3.0.3
scalacheck 1.13.4


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