What is a business visa?

Government authorities issue business visas to travellers who intend to conduct business activities and meetings that do not constitute labor or gainful employment in a specific country.

Common activities performed on a business visa:

  1. 1. Attend meetings
  2. 2. Business events/conferences
  3. 3. Investigate business opportunities and ventures
  4. 4. Participation in scientific, educational, professional or business meetings, conventions, conferences or seminars and other legitimate activities of a commercial or professional nature.

Some countries allow installation of goods (hardware, machinery) after a sale under a global business visa, but note that business visas involve only business logistics and relations, not actual labor or services. However, each country has different eligibility criteria for a business visa.

Business visitors usually stay in the country for a few days or a few weeks but are able to stay for a maximum of 6 months. A business visitor is a separate visa category with different requirements. Business visitors do not require a work permit but a visa to travel to other countries.