Tourist visa (type C)
Also known as the Schengen visa
Tourist visa is the second visa, which allows a foreigner a time-limited entry, or stay in the territory of a certain of the state, or groups of states, while the purpose of this entry and stay is tourism.
Visas do not automatically entitle their holder to enter the country. The final right to decide whether a person can or cannot enter the territory of the country rests with the competent state security authority at the border crossing or airport.
Tourist visas are basically issued in two ways:
- visas must be applied for in advance at the relevant embassy
- visas can be issued upon entering the country (at the border or airport)
What documents do you need?
To obtain a tourist visa you need:
Important to know
For travelers, the least restrictive visas are those that can be obtained directly upon entering the country - that is, at the border crossing or after landing at the airport. Such visas usually have no conditions. Sometimes their issuance is subject to the payment of an administrative fee. These visas can be considered rather as "entrance fee" or an additional source of income for local governments.
In the case of visas, which need to be arranged in advance at the relevant embassy, this is an incomparably more difficult matter. An applicant for a visa must visit the diplomatic mission of the relevant state in person or through an authorized representative, where he/she will apply for a visa. Since not all countries have their embassies in every country in the world, applicants often have to travel to neighboring countries for visas, or countries where the country in question has a relevant office authorized to issue visas.
Various conditions are often associated with obtaining a visa before entering the country. Tourist visas usually require the presentation of a purchased travel ticket or accommodation reservation, or proof of sufficient financial security for the stay. A frequent requirement of a visa application is the so-called "invitation letter" (also "voucher"), which is a kind of justification for the trip and is issued by a local hotel, or a local tourist agency or host family.
Tourist visas are issued for a limited period of time, usually up to 30 days. Tourist visas can entitle the holder to one or more entries/exits. Accordingly, we distinguish:
- single entry visa,
- multiple entry visa.