If you are planning travel abroad, you're almost probably to need to acquire a visa before hand. But for a lot of people, the idea of a visa stays unclear. Here is some important information about visas to offer you everything need to know to prepare for your international trip.
What Is A Tourist Visa Exactly?
A tourist visa or visitor visa is an official document that allows you to get in another country. Every time you visit another country, you'll normally need one, though this depends on which country you are from and where you are going as there are countries that allow entrance even without it.
A tourist visa may come in different forms: it can be a paper document, but usually it's a simple stamp in the passport. There are countries that require you to get one before arriving in the country, while there are some that give it to you once you arrive at the airport.
A tourist visa indicates how long you are allowed to stay in a particular country, and the activities you are allowed to get participate in while there like working and studying.
Other Types of Visa
A tourist visa is the most common and most acquired type of visa. It's normally only valid for a short period, which can last a few weeks to a couple of months, and it is this that you will need if you are just planning to visit the country. A tourist visa doesn't allow you to work and study while you are in a particular country.
Others types of visa include student visas, business visas, media visas, fiancée visas, and a lot of others depending on the place you're traveling to.
Resident visas are also available for those who want to live in a particular country. You'll normally need a valid reason to acquire this one and this is normally the one that is most difficult to get.
What Do I Need To Get A Tourist Visa?
Some of the most common requirements to acquire a tourist visa include the following. Take note that this still depends on the country you are traveling to:
- Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay
- Duly Accomplished Visa application forms
- Confirmed tickets round trip tickets
- Cover letter for tourist visa or letter to the consulate
How to Create a Cover Letter for Tourist Visa
The cover letter or the letter to the consulate is necessary for tourist visas that require interviews. This letter explains why you are visiting the country, where you are staying in the country, and from when to when you are staying in the country.
This letter is also going to be your way to tell the embassy if you are getting a sponsorship from a friend, parents, or romantic partner who are currently based in that country. It's important to take your time writing the letter, but make sure it's going to be straightforward and not too long.
If the trip is going to be sponsored by someone else, make sure to include the following details in your cover letter for tourist visa:
- Name of the person who's going to sponsor your trip
- The job or source of income of the person who's going to sponsor you
- Your proof or relationship (normally pictures)
- Proof of the financial capability of your sponsor
- The expenses your sponsor your sponsor will cover
The cover letter is a really important document before your trip. This states every important thing you want to tell the embassy or consulate. Make sure your cover letter can piece together every document you've submitted.
To give you a better insight on how to create a cover letter for your visa application here is a sample cover letter for a tourist visa you need to enter a country.
The sample cover letter for tourist visa provided above is only a template and can be modified according to your situation. Again, including this on your travel visa application is very important so make sure that you take your time to think what to write and gather all the necessary documents to support what's written on your letter.
Do you have any helpful tips or a sample cover letter for tourist visa you want to share? Write them in the comment below!
TO THE HONORABLE CONSUL
EMBASSY OF (Country you're visiting)
<Address of the Consulate>
I, <Your full legal name,> would like to apply for a tourist visa to spend a vacation in <name of the country> from <date of arrival> to <date of departure.>
My main purpose for travel is tourism, to see the beautiful sights particularly the <name of tourist attractions.> I'm also looking forward to experiencing the culture, tasting the foods, and meeting local to experience what the country has to offer.
I am employed at <name of the company> located in <location of the company> since <date you were employed> and currently holding the position of <your job position.> Vacation from work has already been approved for the whole duration of this trip.
During my trip, my <your relationship with the sponsor> <full name of the sponsor,> works as <job title of the sponsor> at <place of employment> will sponsor my trip. He/she will shoulder my accommodations, food expenses, and plane ticket.
Please see the documents to support the legitimacy of what indicated on this letter:
- Passports (also the old ones if applicable)
- Application form, duly dated and signed with passport-size picture
- Employment and Leave certificates showing the date I'm expected to return to work
- Payslips, Tax Report, Credit Card Statements, Bank Certificate & Statement of Account as proof of income
- Plane ticket booking reservation
- Hotel booking reservation as proof of accommodation directly faxed to the embassy
- Travel Insurance with benefits
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you require any further information. I may not be available all the time due to working schedule or I might be underway for a mission but may still try to reach me at the following:
<Email address, phone number, and other contact details>
<Your name and signature>
Based upon all you have written there is little to suggest that a cover letter would be especially helpful. It wouldn't do any harm, but I don't see anything that requires an act of wordsmithery or persuasive writing. So it's really optional in this case with the main objective to avoid introducing anything that would throw the application out-of-whack.
If you took it to a solicitor, they would compose a fairly neutral cover letter which took up these points...
- List of attachments: (itemized list of each piece of supporting evidence)
- Premise of the visit: (to maintain family relationships with a brief summary of the mechanics like length, where you will stay, and so on);
- Current lifestyle circumstances: (explanation that you are married with children, explanation of why a visit is appropriate at this particular point in time (important));
- Current economic circumstances: (explanation you are employed as a [==title==] at [==company==] since [==date==] earning [==salary==], employment contract attached);
- Immigration history: (explanation that you were refused a long time ago but do not have precise records of the event);
- Other history: (criminal history if any. travel history if any);
The first page of the letter is devoted to the list of attachments, and the second page is devoted to your text. Because everything is (apparently) straightforward, you would be ill-advised to ramble beyond these two pages. You do NOT have to tell them that they are invited to contact you if they have further questions. They will wonder why you think it's important to raise that point. If you think your application is incomplete or will raise questions: do not submit it!
The letter itself is addressed to the "Consular Officer" at the post with cognizance for your application. If you do not know their name, the salutation is "To the Entry Clearance Officer:"
The subject line of the letter is:
Subject: Bob Cratchit, DOB: DD/MM/YYYY, Chinese national, GWF 00000000
Since this is such a plain vanilla case I do not see the need to copy the region or the Foreign Office Desk and certainly no reason to cc anyone in Parliament.
If the VFS tries to tell you that your letter is not required and removes it from your bundle (because they do stuff like that), it would be appropriate to make immediate representations.
Summary: based on everything you provided, the usefulness of a cover letter is marginal, you may be overthinking this part of the application.
In the income & expenditure where one is asked to indicate if I have income and savings,should I click Yes or No. And if Yes should state the ending balance as at the time of my application.
The key word here is "other", you answered the main questions in the previous section. Answer the questions using the natural meaning of the words so if you have 'other' put 'yes'.