United States citizens visiting the West African country of Sierra Leone will need a travel visa to enter. We can obtain your visa in one to ten working days.

sierra leone visa informationYour travel visa will be valid for up to 12 months after issuance and you may use your travel visa to stay in the country for up to 30 days.

Note that one of the special aspects of a Sierra Leone visa is that you must show proof of a recent vaccination for yellow fever. Talk to your doctor about any other vaccinations sierra leone on a mapyou should have before visiting this country such as Hepatitis A (which can be contracted from contaminated food and water) and malaria.

Here is all you need to do for Texas Tower to make the trip to the consulate for you to obtain your visa, just gather the following paperwork:
sierra leone visa application

The civil war that started 25 years ago was brutal and Sierra Leone has spent years recovering.  If you want to check Sierra Leone travel warnings, the State Department will have the most current information. If you want to read up on some traveler experiences regarding crime for towns in Sierra Leone, Lonely Planet had a thread discussing that.

Last but not least, here is a video from the official tourism board of Sierra Leone:

If you have any questions regarding getting your travel visa or updating your passport for travel to Sierra Leone, just contact our offices at 713-874-1420, we’re ready to help you get there!

2f116ca0-5ea4-0133-ec98-0aa00699013dThis week is a huge travel week in the United States whether you’re going in or out of the country. You’re going to encounter a huge number of fellow travelers on their way to Thanksgiving gatherings. This can mean delays, overbooked flights, and long lines in security checkpoints. Did we mention long lines? Fortunately there are things you can do to stay on your schedule.

1.  Make sure your paperwork is spot-on, ready to go
This means making sure your passport is not expired, not within 6 months of expiring if you’re going to a country that has that requirement for entry, and you should have a few blank pages.
If you cannot answer, “Yes” to all these requirements, talk to us, we can expedite your passport renewal for you.

2. Avoid Wednesday before Thanksgiving travel if possible
This is the biggest travel day of the year and the delays and overbooking are legendary. Unless you really enjoy being around waiting, frustrated people, it’s a good idea to avoid airports that day if possible. Fly on Thanksgiving Thursday if you can.

3. Leave early or late
If you can, bump your flight until Thanksgiving Day in the early morning or late at night. The airports will have far fewer travelers than the day before. Getting through security and boarding will be a breeze.

15 Thanksgiving Travel Hacks That Will Get You To Dinner In One (Sane) Piece - Bustle.clipular (1)4. Bring a power strip
If you haven’t already invested in one, get a power strip. You know how territorial some people get about the plugs. Good luck finding one this week. Bring your own to keep your devices charged and avoid getting stink-eye from a fellow traveler.

5. Get through TSA checks like a rockstar
The TSA offers a service called “Pre-Check Service.” Basically it allows you to skip the lines, don’t have to remove your shoes, and you don’t have to remove liquids or your laptop from your carry on. Best of all, you get through the lines faster.

No matter where you’re going this week, get there easier using these tips and if you know someone that is traveling this week, share this post with them.
Have safe travels.

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Okay fast question, do you have a certified copy of your birth certificate?

Does your spouse?

Do you have one for your children?

If you cannot absolutely answer, “Yes.”
You need one.

If you know you have a certified birth certificate, take a minute and make sure you know where it is.”I thought it was there”….is a really common occurrence when you are hunting at the last minute for paperwork.

When it gets down to it, there are many circumstances that will require you show proof of identity via a birth certificate, and most agencies won’t accept one that is not certified. It’s also a good idea to have a spare in a safe place in your home or a safety deposit box.

We can obtain the following certified documents for you:
United States Birth Certificates – We can help you get a legal, certified copy of your birth certificate.

Puerto Rico Birth Certificates – Need a copy of your birth certificate from Puerto Rico? We can handle the process for you.
You can get started here or call our office if you have any questions or concerns, a member of our staff will be happy to answer any questions or help guide you through the process.

Do you need a birth certificate or other document translated?
We can handle for you to or from any language you choose. Contact us at 713-874-1420 to discuss your individual translation needs.

On our site, we first recommend for people to get their passport photos taken at CVS or another local business that offers the service. However, it is legal and an option for you to take your own passport photo, but here are some strict guidelines that you need to meet for the photos to be accepted.

If you need the requirements, you can get them at the U.S. Department of State official site.

Remember, as of November 1, 2016, you can no longer wear glasses in your passport photo.


Here is a handy overview from that shows how to do your passport photos.