Travel documents can be a heavy admin job, from Passports to visas and even work permits, it’s not an easy process but rewarding once everything is order and you can go about travelling or working through another country…
Passports: are country specific, it’s an individual’s initial document that allows them the opportunity to travel to another country. These are obtained at a countries government office where passports and identity documents are issued. Check out Wikipedia for their breakdown on Passports: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passport
Visa’s and Work Permits: This is the next step to entering a country, visa’s are sometimes built into ones passport whereby countries have agreements with each other allowing individuals to travel freely with a specific passport. If that is not the case then individuals will have to apply for a visa to enter a country, these visa’s vary from standard travel to even working holiday visas. Work permits are issued on a number of factors, some nationalities are able to freely work in a foreign country just based on their passports and some have to apply for their work permits. Applications for work permits are country specific and in some cases where countries don’t have agreements with each other, individuals have to prove that they are able to work in a foreign country without displacing or taking the place of a local with the same training or skills ability. Check out Anywork Anywhere, a really comprehensive website that provides clear breakdowns of various options and requirements that countries have for individuals regarding working and travelling. Further they provide a Working Holidays and Temporary Visas Chart which is a very cool and quick way of seeing where an individual can travel and which countries have work/travel agreements!
Cool websites to check:
Rough Guides: http://www.roughguides.com
Lonely Planet: http://www.lonelyplanet.com
And the Movie to watch:
EuroTrip: Funny Movie, showing the lighter side of travelling through Europe! Check out IMDb.com!
And the Youtube.com clip:
Well how can we not…check out the EuroTrip trailer.