Travel Visa

A travel visa is a document that provides a traveler with "approval in principle" to enter a specific country for a specific period of time. It should not be considered an absolute guarantee of entry. In particular, the traveler must, among other things, respect the entry / exit time frames and the purpose of the trip (for example, a tourist visa prohibits employment). There are various travel visas:

  • Standard travel visa, issued before entry through the official diplomatic mission of the state of destination (embassy / consulate).
  • Electronic travel visa issued via the Internet before the trip.
  • Visa on arrival, issued at the time of entry into the destination country.

Literally a visa means "paper that has been seen"  in Latin. Historically, it meant that a travel document such as a passport had been seen by the authorities of the foreign country. Over the years, it developed into a system of stamps and stickers in passports, and these days many if not most visas are issued electronically - meaning they are sent by email and printed to present alongside the passport.

Individual countries are often masters of bureaucracy with unique visa application requirements. There are a lot of factors to consider when putting together accompanying documentation and filling out visa application forms. Inexperienced travelers often need expert help.

Below you'll find our top articles on visa applications. If on the other hand you are interested in obtaining citizenship and passport of a country that allows you the freedom to visit many countries of the world without needing a visa, check our page about how to 'buy' citizenship and passports via 'golden passport' programs.

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