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Visas: Everything You Need to Know
What is a visa?
A visa is an official government document that allows you to legally enter a foreign country. There are many different types of visas that offer different rights in the host country and generally involve a unique application process and cost. Visas are typically provided for a restricted amount of time.
What is a tourist visa?
Tourist (or travel) visas allow you to enter a foreign country for touristic and leisure purposes only, and stay for a predetermined amount of time. For most adventures on TourRadar, this is the type of visa you will require. Tourist visas do not allow travellers to work or conduct business in the host country.
What is an eVisa?
An eVisa (or electronic visa) is a visa that is stored digitally and associated with your passport number, as opposed to being physically inside a passport. Those who obtain eVisas should print the confirmation document and carry it with them at all times throughout their travels.
Why do I need a visa?
Visas help countries to keep track of people leaving and entering, and whether you need a visa or not depends on your nationality and where you wish to travel. Assuming your home country does not have a visa agreement with the country you're planning to visit, you will need to apply for a visa before your departure.
What is an invitation letter?
A Letter of Invitation is a travel document that is sometimes required for countries that have very strict visa policies. This is a formal letter from the person(s) you intend to visit in the country stating that they are inviting you to visit them. For TourRadar adventures to these countries, if requested, your tour operator may be able to provide a letter for you.
How long does it take to get a visa?
Every country processes visa applications at different speeds. Check the government website of the country you intend to visit to find out how fast they process visa applications. Some countries can take as long as 8 weeks to process visas, while others take anywhere between 1 to 15 days.