Visas

Wherever you travel in the world, it is always best to be aware of up-to-date visa information which may affect you. Some nationalities can travel freely over borders, where others require advanced permission to enter. There are also changes in requirements from time to time.

Unfortunately, Expat Explore is unable to give visa advice due to the vast number of nationalities which our guests represent – but we can make life a little easier with certain information which we can pass on, based on questions and queries that we receive.

Please note, that visas are each traveller’s personal responsibility, and it is recommended that plenty of time is allowed for visas to be applied for. Ensure that the proper research is carried out before you apply, and that you deal directly with the embassies or certified agents with regard to acquiring correct and timely information. We cannot take responsibility for customers whose visas are rejected or expired. It is a requirement of the embassies that tours are paid for in full, before visa support documentation is requested and applications are made.

When you have made the final payment for your booking our accounts department will send you an email stating your booking is Confirmed. Please reply to this email to request your visa support documents, allowing 5 working days for the documents to be sent.

Europe Visas

If you are a British/UK/EU passport holder you will not require a visa to travel on any of our Europe tours (with the exception of the Northern Explorer, see point 11 below). However, there are many nationalities that may require a valid Schengen Visa in order to enter Europe.

If you require a Schengen visa, please keep the following points in mind:

  • You need to apply to the embassy of the country where you spend the most amount of time/nights. If there are two or more countries which have an equal number of ‘most nights’ you must apply to the embassy of the country you visit first. (See our list below which tells you which Embassy to apply to. Please Note: If you are travelling in Europe before and/or after your Expat tour, or are taking a one-way Expat tour, you may need to apply at a different embassy to the one listed. Please check which country you are spending the most amount of time in and confirm to us which embassy you are applying to when you request your visa support documents.)
  • Your tour must be paid in full before we are allowed to release visa support documents.
  • To request visa support documents once your tour is paid in full email us at info@expatexplore.com.
  • Booking appointments can be tricky as the embassies get busy. Please allow plenty of time for your appointment, which must be made prior to your departure date.
  • We cannot give a full refund if visas are rejected. Refund amounts will be based on the number of days remaining, prior to departure, as per our Terms & Conditions
  • If you are in the UK and are on certain visas, you are not permitted to travel on a Schengen Visa within the last 3 months prior to expiry. Please check.

Which embassy for which Europe tour?
If there is a number listed after your tour please see the important notes at the end of the page. 

Europe Multi Country

  • Best of Europe – Italian Embassy (1)
  • Best of Eastern Europe - Austrian Embassy (14)
  • Best of Western Europe - French Embassy (15)
  • Christmas and New Year – French Embassy
  • Classic Europe - Italian Embassy (8)
  • Croatian and Eastern Delights – German Embassy (2)
  • Croatia & Western Delights - Italian Embassy (5)
  • Eastern Highlights – German Embassy
  • Europe Escape – Italian Embassy
  • Europe Explorer – French Embassy
  • Europe Highlights – French Embassy
  • Europe Jewel – Czech Embassy
  • Europe Taster – French Embassy
  • European Vistas - French Embassy (9)
  • Great Britain – British Embassy
  • Northern Explorer - German Embassy (11)
  • Scandinavian Escape - Danish Embassy
  • Ultimate Europe – Italian Embassy

Eastern Europe

  • Balkan Explorer - Greek Embassy (13)
  • Croatian and Eastern Delights – German Embassy (2)
  • Eastern Adventure - Italian Embassy (7)
  • Eastern Europe - Czech Embassy (6)
  • Eastern Highlights – German Embassy
  • Scenic Europe - Italian Embassy
  • Taste of Eastern Europe - German Embassy

UK and Ireland

  • Great Britain – British Embassy
  • Irish Explorer – Irish Embassy (3)
  • Best of UK & Ireland - British & Irish Embassies (10)
  • Taste of England - British Embassy
  • Taste of Scotland - British Embassy

 Italy

  • Italian Delights – Italian Embassy
  • Italy Explorer - Italian Embassy
  • Italy at Leisure – Italian Embassy
  • Highlights of Southern Italy & Sicily - Italian Embassy
  • Taste of Italy – Italian Embassy
  • Treasures of Tuscany - Italian Embassy

France, Spain & Portugal 

  • Highlights of France - French Embassy
  • Highlights of Spain & Portugal - Spanish Embassy
  • Spain & Portugal Explorer - Spanish Embassy
  • Taste of France - French Embassy
  • Taste of Spain - Spanish Embassy

 Christmas and New Year

  • Christmas and New Year – French Embassy
  • Bruges Christmas Markets – Belgian Embassy
  • Europe Christmas Taster Tour - French Embassy
  • Europe New Year Taster Tour - French Embassy
  • Europe Christmas & New Year Escape Tour - Italian Embassy
  • Europe Christmas & New Year Jewel Tour - Czech Embassy
  • Europe Christmas & New Year Explorer Tour - French Embassy

Greece Tours

  • Athens, Mykonos & Santorini - Greece is in the Schengen Area. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen Area, please apply at your local Greek embassy.
  • Best of Greece - Greece is in the Schengen Area. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen Area, please apply at your local Greek embassy.
  • Colours of the Mediterranean - Please refer to your local embassy to confirm if you require a visa for Turkey and Greece. Most nationalities can obtain an e-visa for Turkey in advance at this link. Greece is in the Schengen Area. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen Area, please apply at your local Greek embassy.
  • Constantinople to Hellas - Please refer to your local embassy to confirm if you require a visa for Turkey and Greece. Most nationalities can obtain an e-visa for Turkey in advance at this link. Greece is in the Schengen Area. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen Area, please apply at your local Greek embassy.
  • Taste of Greece - Greece is in the Schengen Area. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen Area, please apply at your local Greek embassy.

Turkey Tours

  • Aegean Delight - Please refer to your local embassy to confirm if you require a visa. Most nationalities can obtain an e-visa in advance at this link.
  • Colours of the Mediterranean - Please refer to your local embassy to confirm if you require a visa for Turkey and Greece. Most nationalities can obtain an e-visa for Turkey in advance at this link. Greece is in the Schengen Area. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen Area, please apply at your local Greek embassy.
  • Constantinople to Hellas - Please refer to your local embassy to confirm if you require a visa for Turkey and Greece. Most nationalities can obtain an e-visa for Turkey in advance at this link. Greece is in the Schengen Area. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen Area, please apply at your local Greek embassy.
  • Turkey Flying Carpet - Please refer to your local embassy to confirm if you require a visa. Most nationalities can obtain an e-visa in advance at this link.
  • Turkey Magic Carpet - Please refer to your local embassy to confirm if you require a visa. Most nationalities can obtain an e-visa in advance at this link.

Egypt Tours

  • Egypt Visas – Please refer to your local embassy to confirm if you require a visa in advance or are eligible to receive a visa on arrival. Most nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival at a cost of US$25 - please ensure you have cash in GBP or USD, or a credit card, to pay for the visa.

Other Tours

  • Croatia Sailing - Please refer to your local embassy to confirm if you require a visa to enter Croatia. 

Very Important Notes

(1) Best of Europe:
2016 departures only -  please ensure you apply for a multi-entry Schengen visa which will also enable you to enter Croatia. A separate visa may be required for Bosnia-Herzegovina (and Montenegro).

2017 departures only -  please ensure you apply for a multi-entry Schengen visa which will also enable you to enter Croatia.

(2) Croatian & Eastern Delights - Please ensure you apply for a multi-entry Schengen visa which will also enable you to enter Croatia.
Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina are not in the Schengen zone and visas can not be obtained at the border or on the tour, it is therefore essential you check in advance of your tour if you require a visa for Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Please click the following links for more information:
- Serbia
- Bosnia and Herzegovina

(3) Irish Explorer - please note that you will visit Northern Ireland as well as the Republic of Ireland on this tour. Schengen and UK visas are not valid for the Republic of Ireland whilst certain nationalities will require a UK visa to visit Northern Ireland.

(5) Croatia & Western Delights - the embassy listed is for the tour itinerary only. If you are travelling in Europe after finishing the tour this may change which embassy you will need to apply at. Please ensure you apply for a multi-entry Schengen visa which will also enable you to enter Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.

(6) Eastern Europe - the embassy listed is for the tour itinerary only. If you are travelling in Europe after finishing the tour this may change which embassy you will need to apply at.

(7) Eastern Adventure - the embassy listed is for the tour itinerary only. If you are travelling in Europe before starting the tour this may change which embassy you will need to apply at.

(8) Classic Europe - if you are staying in the Netherlands before and/or after the tour, you may need to apply at the Dutch embassy.

(9) European Vistas - if you are staying in the Netherlands before and/or after the tour, you may need to apply at the Dutch embassy.

(10) Best of UK & Ireland - please note that  the UK & Republic of Ireland is not a common travel area. Please check with your local British and Irish Embassies to confirm if you require a visa to visit the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland, respectively. 

(11) Northern Explorer
- If you require a Schengen Visa you will need to ensure you apply for and receive a multi-entry Schengen visa
- If you are staying in Amsterdam pre and/or post tour you may need to apply at the Dutch Embassy.
- Most nationalities require a visa to visit Russia, please check with your local Russian Embassy for confirmation.
- Once you have paid in full and requested your visa support documents from Expat Explore, we will need to send you the original copies of the support documents by post, so please request your visa documents AT LEAST 30 DAYS before your visa appointment.
- If you do not wish to travel to Russia or if you do not have the required Russian visa, please contact us AT LEAST 30 DAYS prior to departure. We can amend your tour arrangements giving you two extra nights in Helsinki, ferry transportation to Tallinn and an extra nights accommodation in Tallinn, where you would meet up with the rest of the tour. There is a small charge for this amendment - please contact us for more information. 

(12) Adriatic Coastal Explorer - please ensure you apply for a multi-entry Schengen visa which will also enable you to enter Croatia. A separate visa may be required if you wish to join the optional excursion to Mostar - please click here for more information.

(13) Please ensure you apply for a multi-entry Schengen visa which will also enable you to enter Croatia. A separate visa may be required for Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia & Bulgaria.

(14) If you are extending your stay in Rome before starting the tour, you may need to apply at the Italian Embassy.

(15) If you are extending your stay in Rome after the tour, you may need to apply at the Italian Embassy.