Q: Is a state visit a formal visit by a head of state to a foreign country? ¶
A: Yes, and at the invitation of that country's head of state, with the latter also acting as the official host for the duration of the state visit.
Q: Is a state visit usually borne by state funds of the host country? ¶
A: Yes, and most nations host fewer than ten state visits per year, with some as few as two.
Q: Are state visits considered to be the highest expression of friendly bilateral relations between two sovereign states? ¶
A: Yes, and are in general characterised by an emphasis on official public ceremonies.