In the past, monarchs paid only one state visit to other states. Today, however, the follow-up visits by all those involved in the government are also referred to as state visits.
Official visits , working visits and appointment visits , which each differ through their own protocol elements, are distinguished from state visits .
The concept of the state reception , which is given in honor of other people received by a state - for example also its own citizens - must also be distinguished from the state visit .
Usages in certain countries
The Pope will be equipping no state visits, but these visits are (according to language of the Holy Apostolic See is it's pastoral visit ) by the receiving protocol so treated, because the Pope is a subject of international law (as a person, defined as the Holy See , and is also head of of the State of Vatican City ).
The Switzerland may pay no state visits, which does not recognize the office of head of state. Instead, the Swiss Federal President , who is also the head of a specialist ministry (department), is received with one abroad . This alignment with the foreign protocol was not made until 1993. Before that, the respective Swiss Federal President only traveled abroad in exceptional cases.
- List of visits by US presidents to Germany
- Visit of Erich Honecker to the Federal Republic of Germany in 1987
- Pope visits to Germany
- Pope visits to Austria
- Daniela Rosmus: Switzerland as a stage. State visits and political culture 1848–1990. Chronos, Zurich 1994. ISBN 3-905311-47-X
- Enrico Brandt, Christian F. Buck (ed.): Foreign Office . Diplomacy as a profession. 4th edition. Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, Wiesbaden 2005, ISBN 3-531-14723-4 , pp. 37 (411 pp.).