The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) estimates that the number of international tourists has increased from 25 million tourist arrivals in 1950 to 1.4 billion arrivals per year to date. On the other hand, the Global Medical Tourism Association reports that about 14 million people travel to other countries in search of medical care annually. Both statistics agree with what we know: the most frequent travelers in the world are tourists.
Tourism is an essential part of traveling, it makes traveling memorable, exposes you to meet people from different places, learn history, learn a new culture and most importantly brings you closer to nature. Visas for Tourism & Medical treatment have always been in high demand.
It takes basically about 15 days to 30 days to get an approval from most immigration authorities to travel abroad as a visitor. You can travel abroad as a visitor to fulfill any of the purposes:
- Medical Treatment
- Visit family and friends
- Business purposes or official events such as Education fares and conferences
Document Checklist differs from country to country but includes generally the following:
- Legal and valid means of identification (international passport)
- Letter of invitation for visitors
- Travel itinerary
- Proof of funds to show that you have enough funds to support yourself for the period of stay
- Health insurance (necessary for stay longer than 90 days for most countries)
You may be allowed to reside as a visitor in a foreign country for a period ranging from 1 week up to 2 years and this is specific only to some countries. For example internationals entering the UK on a Standard Visitor visa can stay for a period up to 10 years.
In some other countries like the US and Canada, visitors may be allowed to stay for a period up to 2 years also specific to immigration policies and the discretion of the visa officer processing your application. It is advisable to begin your application for a visitor visa at least 3 months before the planned travel date. Doing this can save cost in some cases.
TMT Travels and tours processes visitor & tourist visa applications to the UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, UAE (Dubai), US, New Zealand, Sweden, and Ireland.