The travel agency procedure is a procedure, which simplifies requesting of visas.
Instead of calling personally at the representation abroad (message/consulate) of the country, which is to be visited, all participants of a group journey can submit their documents with the travel agency, which organizes the journey. The travel agency must have accredited in addition with the message.
The travel agency procedure was used by Germany starting from at the beginning of of 2000, in order to simplify the entry from the Ukraine. When the number of travelers rose too strongly and it gave referring to increased smuggler criminality, in the second half of the yearly 2001 the procedure was again suspended. See also: Visa affair and Volmer decree.
Since 1 September 2004 the travel agency procedure of China applies into the Schengen area. A strong rise of the number of travelers is already observed also here.
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