Visas complete guide
Any travel tour starts with getting the correct set of travel documents, passports and Visas. We will talk about the most usual travel countries specifics when it comes to travel documents.
A business visa allows the bearer to enter the host country and engage in business activities without joining that country’s labour market. For example, an individual may require a business visa if they are travelling to a country to do business with another company or if they are attending a business conference. The visitor typically must show that they are not receiving income from the country. Traditional visas can either be stamped or glued into your passport. If your visa is glued into your passport, it is usually a small document that includes your name, passport number, place of birth, reason for travel and expiration date. Stamped visas typically have less information on them. They usually only have the destination and date from which the visa is valid and official instructions stating how many days the visa is valid for.
Australian citizens travelling to Great Britain as tourists for a period of up to six months do not require a visa. If you plan on spending over six months in the country, you will have to pay a £200 per annum Immigration Health Surcharge from the 6th of April 2016 onwards. To enter the country, you will need to show a valid passport. You will also have to fill out a landing card once on the plane providing your name, date of birth, gender, nationality, occupation and the address where you will be staying in London.
You can apply for a tourist visa to Saudi Arabia, but the oil-rich country will probably deny you entrance (sources say they’re not interested in tourist dollars). Not only that, but the U.S. Department of State warns against attacks on U.S. citizens committed by ISIL and other Islamic extremists. And women can’t go at all unless accompanied by a husband, father, brother, or uncle. If you’ve got to go, pass through this Middle Eastern country on a 72-hour transit visa, or by arranging a tour through a local agency. Tricky country: Turkmenistan. Even with an official Letter of Invitation, a 24-hour guide, and a fully-planned itinerary, it’s not uncommon to be rejected. If you can’t secure a tourist visa, you can aim for a three-day transit visa (granted to travelers biking or driving across the country). Make sure to pencil in time to see Yangykala Canyon and the Door to Hell: a 23-foot-wide crater that has been burning for more than 40 years.
Some passports are much better than others. And let’s face it, just having a passport is a luxury. Most people don’t. I have a Norwegian passport, which is luckily for me one of the strongest. The visa situation: This can be a showstopper for some people, regardless of their passport or bank account.
Visa payment sometimes has to be in a neighbouring bank, not the embassy itself, and you’ll need to bring back the receipt as proof of payment. Visas can be quite expensive, especially for US citizens who routinely pay much more for their visas than other nationalities (retaliation for the fees the US government charges Central Asian visa applicants). Budget a couple of hundred dollars for a multi-‘Stan trip.
These Schengen countries have a border-free visa agreement that lets residents move throughout the Area without needing to show their passport every time they cross a border. Essentially, it’s as if they’re one country, and you can move as freely as you want. (Residents of the UK and Ireland are allowed limitless entry.)
So make sure your Schengen visa is ok. Do you need real genuine data-base registered passports and have a question like: Can I enter the USA with less than 6 months on my passport? Yes, when traveling to the USA you need at least 6 months of expiry date after the planned return date. However, this rule is different for citizens of some countries, for example, the UK. This will be covered in detail in the next chapter.