Essentials

There are many factors that tour agents should consider and be aware of for costing and operations, especially for tour to Europe.

Visa

In order for interested party to be able to visit/travel to and within Europe, a visa must be issued by the appropiate authorities granted by the respective country. The visa will mark the limit of visitor’s stay permit.

Commonly in shape of a sticker endorsed in the applicant’s passport, the method of obtaining it varies from directly receiving it on visitor’s arrival at the official immigration representative, applying days prior in advance, getting it upon arrival at the visited country, or by email, etc. The nationality of the applicants and their destination are considered key factors. In some cases, a visa is not even needed.

Schengen area covers the majority of European countries, therefore the Schengen visa is the most common associated visa for traveling to Europe.

The 26 Schengen countries are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

For more information about Schengen Visa application, please consult the consulate offices or embassies in your country.

Tourist Tax

Several cities in Europe apply taxes to tourists upon hotel check-in. The rates are nightly charged per person which varies upon city and the hotel class.
Visitors are often unaware that this kind of tax is in place, because it is usually incorporated into their accomodation price, as in the case in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Greece and in the city of Paris. Although some countries make their taxes payable by cash when checking-out the hotel, such as Italy and Spain. Tourist tax is also appliable for tourist apartments and private houses rent, especially in the city of Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia.

For more information on tourist tax,

reffer to link below. http://www.etoa.org/policy/regulation-and-taxation/tourist-taxes

Tax Refund

For every goods purchased by customers, a value added tax (VAT) is added into the final price. But certain special shops may provide tax-free shopping for tourists hailing from a non-European country. This includes anyone who permanently or habitually lives in country outside Europe region.

The procedure, however, still requires the visitors to pay the full VAT-inclusive price for the goods in the shop. By showing proofs as visitors and complying with the local formalities, they will be able to claim their VAT refund, usually in the airport at the time they’re leaving the last EU country of the trip.

For more information on tax refund, see links below.
https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/money/vat-rates-in-europe

 

EU Driving Regulations

The normal driving time in Europe shall not exceed 9 hours per day. Drivers also have to take a break for at least 45 minutes every 4 and a half hours of driving. Travel agencies must take a note that overtime for the drivers may cause additional charges and penalty in operational cost.

For more information on driving regulations in Europe, please see link below.
http://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/road/social_provisions/driving_time/index_en.htm

Time Differences

Time zone differences will vary during the year, as different countries observe DST during different periods. Therefore, you should usually use The World Clock instead.

Please check time difference between your city and others on this link.
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/difference.html?p1=28

Exchange Rate

Euro is the most used currency in the Europe region. 19 of the 28 member states of the European Union use it as the official currency. Other currency used are Poundsterling, Swiss Franc and many others.

For exchange rate from or to Euro, and any other currencies, please check with bank or money changer in your country.

 

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