Travel Visas give you permission to travel to another country and remain there for a specific period of time. As a rule, your passport is all that is required to visit another country and the length of time you can stay varies from three to six months. Unless you intend to work in the country, you usually don’t need any other documentation. However, there are different types of travel visas you can obtain.
- Transit Visa. This allows you to stay in a country for up to five days if you are just passing through on your way to a further destination in a third country.
- Tourist Visa. This is for a specific time period for leisure purposes only. You will not be permitted to complete any business transactions during your stay. This type of travel visa was first introduced by Saudi Arabia for the purposes of foreigners visiting the country to take part in religious pilgrimages.
- Business Visa. For business people from various countries, this type of travel visa allows them to conduct business in a foreign country. However, there is a limit to the amount of time they can spend in the foreign country.
- Temporary Worker Visa. This travel Visa entitles a person to work in a foreign country for a specified time.
- Student Visa. Students who want to study in a foreign country need to have a student Visa and acceptance at a school or college within the country. The time frame for this visa could range from a term to a full year of studies. There is also a working holiday Visa offered by some countries to entice students to work in the country and experience the culture at the same time.
- Diplomatic Visa. Diplomats from different countries also need documentation to enter another country.
- Journalist Visa. Journalists travel around the world a lot and so need a specific Visa that identifies them in this role. Some countries do not permit journalists to enter or severely curtail their activities when they are in the country. Such restrictions will be noted on the travel document.
When you land in another country, your first destination in the airport will be to the customs department. Here your luggage will be screened and the representative will check over your passport and other travel documents you may have. You will have to answer questions such as why you are in the country and how long you intend to stay. If the representative is satisfied with your answers, he/she will stamp the passport and issue you a slip you must show when you depart the country again. The date at which you must leave will be included in the stamp. In most cases, this official stamp is considered to be a travel Visa.