Visa & Passports
Visas & Passports
Almost all our Cycle Classic tours find place in Italy – Spain – France – Holland and Belgium.
When applying for a Schengen Visa in order to travel to one or more of the Schengen Zone countries there are some requirements one has to establish prior to the application. If you are planning to travel to more than one Schengen country its best if you apply in the Embassy/ Consulate of the country you will be staying at the most, regarding the residing days. Once you are issued a multiple entry visa you are able to travel to all of the Schengen Zone countries for the time permitted on the visa.
When applying for the visa you should bear in mind that you have to personally hand the required documents once you’ve made an appointment at the embassy/consulate. It is always recommendable to arrange the appointment at least 15 days prior to your departure since that is the estimated time needed for the bureaucratic process taking part in the corresponding institution. Every Schengen country shares more or less the same requirements into issuing a visa to the needy party. However there are slim differences here and there, depending on the consulate/embassy on the required documents additional to the main identification papers and your current economic status.
Please check this page : schengenvisainfo.com
Passport application information For U.S. citizens.
Get your passport in order well in advance of your trip – processing times are typically 4-6 weeks (with expedited service still 2-3 weeks). Fees are currently $135-165 for a new passport, and $25 less for renewals. Get started at the U.S. State Department website. Visas are not required for short visits to most countries, but a few countries require visas even for bike tourists! The State Department has a comprehensive listing of entry requirements for every country.
For non-U.S. citizens
Contact the embassy or consulate of your destination to get detailed entry requirements for citizens of your home country. Tip: We recommend photocopying your passport and keeping the copy in a separate place (like a checked bag) in case your passport is lost or stolen. Or scan your passport and email it to yourself as an attachment (we’re pretty serious about packing light). Even if you lose your bags, you can still download it online. It’s also helpful to have several passport photos with you in case you need to replace your passport.