Visas - Travelling to Europe
Last Updated: 15th May 2013
More Tour and Travel Advice for Europe
You are responsible for obtaining all the necessary visas prior to the departure of your tour. You can consult your travel agent but the only truly reliable source of visa and entry requirements are the consulates of the countries themselves.
Travel agents often offer visa services and you should obtain multiple entry visa whenever possible.
Importantly, you should check the date of your travel with the validity of your visa/s.
Contiki is prohibited by law from knowingly carrying clients without correct visas.
If you are traveling on a non-European Union passport and are a resident of the United Kingdom (UK) you may be able to obtain visas in the UK otherwise it is advisable to obtain them from consulates in your home country.
- Visas can take up to six weeks to obtain
- Failure to obtain all the necessary visa could cause you to miss part of your tour and could result in considerable expense and inconvenience to you.
- Visas are your responsibility. Check to ensure the dates are correct.
Multiple Entry Visas
On many occasions during our tours you will enter the same country twice. If you require a visa for such a country, you need to stipulate this when you are applying for the visa to ensure that the visa is valid for more than one entry. Check tours with multiple entries into countries to see which countries on your tour are visited more than once.
Generally it is always advisable to gain multi entry visas as you never know when or if you may like or need to go back into a country.
While the Schengen Visa covers most European countries, not all countries in Europe are part of the Schengen Agreement. If you require a Schengen Visa to travel in Europe Multiple entry visas are a must. For more information on Schengen Visas please look at www.eurovisa.info.
United Kingdom Visa for South African Passport Holders
The British High Commission has informed us that as of 3 March 2009, South African passport holders wishing to visit OR transit the United Kingdom will need to obtain a visa before travelling. There will be a temporary exemption to this requirement for those who have previously travelled to the UK while using their current and valid passport.
If you have previously travelled to the United Kingdom using your current passport, you will qualify for the exemption and will not need to apply for a visa at this time. This is however a temporary exemption until mid 2009 and we urge you to keep updated with any changed
See the following link for more information – ukinsouthafrica.fco.gov.uk/en/visas-for-the-uk/.
Other European Countries
Please Note: It is your responsibility to obtain the correct visas for your tour. This chart should be used as a rough guide only as visa requirements often change.
This information is correct as of 1 August 2007 and should be used as a guide only. If you are unsure or your passport issuing country is not listed, please check the consulate web sites of the countries you will be visiting. If visas are required you should obtain multi entry visas when possible.
Y = Yes – Visa required,
Y* = Yes – Visa can be obtained on entry at the border,
Y** = Yes – Schengen Visa required – Multiple Entry,
Y*** = Yes – Visa required plus border tax upon entry,
N = No Visa required – please note however some restrictions on length of stay may apply,
N*** = No Visa required – border tax payable upon entry
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One country missing from the list is Belarus which is included on the Scandinavia/Russia tour. I’m not too sure about other countries but I’m from Australia and by having a look on the DFAT website, Australian’s do need a visa for this country also, not too sure if coming from Russia or having the Russian Visa changes this though?!?!?
Thank you for sharing some great information on this. Sometimes it can be a little bit hard remembering everything with visa so it’s always good to find a place where you can get some advice and help. It constantly depends on which country you come from and is going to visit.
I have a New Zealand Passport and it says I dont need any visas, what if I’m re-entering multiple times, does that count?
i got my sights set on going to russia…
how was the visa process?
did anyone experience difficulties in acquiring your visas?
hope you can help me on this
Hi, I am looking to obtain my visas once I am in the country. Can anyone tell me if it is better obtaining them before leaving as opposed to once there? Just trying to save on money…
one for the aussies, ya dont need any visas for western europe, only need one for egypt and turkey if thats on your tour, pretty sure you get it on arrival, but everyone check the wikipedia page on worldwide visas and itll tell ya
I am taking the European Magic Tour in July. We will be going through a few places. From the looks of the chart above, i don’t think i need Visas for any of the countries. Can someone confirm with me?
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I’m travelling to europe soon – the “Winter Wanderer” – and as I am an Australian citizen, wont’ be needing a visa for a short stay. However, I’m not sure whether multiple entries to the same country changes the situation.
I will be entering France, Austria & Germany more than once, but will be staying within the Schnegen region throughout the trip. Will I need a multiple entry visa?
How much will my visa cost? I’m from the US. I will need a visa for Turkey and Egypt. How can I find out the cost?? If it easier to get it at the airport…how can I find out how much I will have to pay?
I’m going on a European contrasts tour on an Australian passport, do I need a Schengen visa?
I just had a look at the table on the top deck website- that one says that uk/ire etc DONT need a visa for france and italy
I will be travelling on an irish passport, but according to the table- I need a visa for france and italy- thats not right is it???
I am confused! I have a british passport and as far as I understood it this should allow me entry into all EU countries. Why do I need a visa for France and Italy when they are part of the EU?