Planning a trip to Laos from the United States? Texas Tower can make the process even easier and save you a trip to the embassy to get your travel visa. Here’s a fast overview of how it works.

A Laos visa is good for 14 days maximum stay in the country.
You will need a travel visa for both business and tourism travel.
Here is a brief overview of that documents you will need to collect for either type of visa. We provide links to make the process even faster.

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It’s always a good idea to get up-to-date travel advisories for any country you’re visiting. Laos travel warnings are posted here.

If you’re visiting as a tourist, Laos has a huge number of venues to explore. Here is a video giving a small slice of what you can see and do with the top 10 tourist attractions in Laos.

If you have any questions regarding a Laos visa, or need help with a passport – just contact our office at 713-874-1420. We’re ready to help you get to Laos worry-free!

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:
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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.

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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.

Once known as Burma, the country of Myanmar requires a visa for United States citizens wishing to enter the country. It also has a few special requirements you do not normally have to meet to obtain a visa.

The maximum stay for either a tourist or business visa is 30-days, Myanmar Tourism Showcase (3 minutes 40 seconds) -- myanmar branding video - YouTube.clipularand this is a visa you cannot obtain upon arrival in the country.  To get your travel visa, just fill out the required paperwork and we can make the visit to the consulate for you.

United States travelers living in New York, Connecticut, or New Jersey addresses will need to apply for their visa directly at the Myanmar consulate located in New York City. Texas Tower can do the legwork for you if you live in those cities, but there is an additional $40 service fee.

Requirements for Travel Visas to Myanmar
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Myanmar has had travel warnings issued in the recent past. Especially around elections. Check with the Department of State to get the latest travel warnings at their Myanmar/Burma page.

If you’re curious to get a glimpse of Myanmar before you go, check out this travel video from Myanmar Travel Information:

If you have any questions regarding the acquisition of your Myanmar travel visa, call our office at 713-874-1420, we have someone ready to help you.

United States citizens traveling to the land-locked African country of Zambia will need a travel visa to enter the country for travel that is either business-related or for tourism purposes.Zambia passport and visa

Here is all you need for either type of visa.
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If you are a holder of a passport issued by any of the following countries, the following special notes apply to you for travel to Zambia:
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travel vaccinations for zambiaThere are no vaccinations required for entry to Zambia, although it is always a good idea to have a chat with your personal physician to see if there are any vaccinations for your personal situation. Hepatitis A can be contracted through contaminated food or water for example, and is a common vaccination for travelers to receive. Outside of Lusaka, Livingstone (Victoria Falls), and well-known game parks, tourist facilities are not fully developed.

One restriction for travelers to be aware of is regarding Benadryl. Certain over-the-counter medications, such as the antihistamine Benadryl, may not be brought into the country without permission. It’s a good idea to get permission in advance of your trip. Contact the Government of Zambia’s Pharmaceutical Authority to request advance permission to bring the drugs, including over-the-counter medicines, into the country by emailing the Director General at

Here’s a video with some gorgeous sights to see in Zambia

Ready to get started on your trip to Zambia? Let us help with your visa and passport. Contact our office today at 713-874-1420.


Before you can enter Vietnam, if you’re an American citizen, you’re going to need a travel visa. You have two basic choices regarding travel visas, you can wait weeks and make the trip to the embassy or consulate yourself, or you can outsource the task to us and enjoy planning your trip.

Although some countries do allow travelers to obtain their visas upon entry to the country, Vietnam is not one of those countries. You must have your visa in hand before you go.

Here is what you’ll need for either a Business-class or Tourist visa to Vietnam
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Remember, your passport is essentially expired 6 months before the due date. We can expedite your passport if you also need that renewed before your travel to Vietnam.

Travel warnings are not issued by the State Department often for Vietnam, but you should always make it a habit to check any country you’re visiting. You can check travel warnings for Vietnam here.

Curious about what to see and do in Vietnam? Here is a great travel video that shows just a sampling of the diverse sights to see.

Getting your International Driver’s Permit (IDP) otherwise referred to as an International Driving License, can give you the ultimate freedom when you travel. You won’t be at the mercy of waiting for cabs, train schedules, or delayed rides. You get to be in the driver’s seat – literally.
In short – and IDP Go where you want and when you want.

You won’t need to take a driving test and best of all, your IDP is recognized by most foreign governments as valid for operating a vehicle. If you’re curious what those countries are, here is a list. Before you ask, no it doesn’t replace your driver’s license in the United States. The minimum age is 18-years of age and your IDP will be valid for 12 months from the issue date.


If  you or someone you know is traveling outside the United States, or travels regularly, an IDP is a good option to have. Some countries have very strict laws regarding operation of a vehicle without a valid license or permit, and who wants to make meeting the local law enforcement in a not good way part of their trip?
Have a valid IDP ready to help you be in charge of where you go and when you get there because you’re driving.

Ready to get your IDP? Just go here.

top-10The United States issued a travel warning for Americans traveling abroad.  With that in mind, here are the top ten safest international
destinations according to a study conducted by Statista.

10. Czech Republic – A land of unique cafes and absolutely gorgeous architecture.

9. Australia – Surrounded by the Indian and Pacific Oceans, this is a definite must-visit for anyone’s bucket list.

8. Japan – Check out the fast pace and bright lights in Tokoyo, then escape to the quiet mountains or countryside to experience just a few of the many unique sites in Japan.

7.Canada– A fast trip from the United States, this country has both a Pacific and Atlantic Coast and is cross by the Rocky Mountains.

6. Finland – Visitors can enjoy the Northern Lights and also enjoy the ski resorts that populate this Arctic Lapland province.

swiss alps - Google Search.clipular5. Switzerland – Along with some of the finest watches and chocolate the world has come to know, this mountainous country has gorgeous scenery and awesome hiking trails.

4. New Zealand – This island country is located in the southwest Pacific Ocean and offers a lot to see and do such as exploring beautiful Milford Sound and enjoying Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

3. Austria – This German-speaking country has mountain villages, baroque city architecture, Imperial history and rugged alpine terrain ready to be explored.

2. Denmark – Linking Northern Europe and Scandinavia via the Öresund bridge, this country has a large number of fun experiences waiting to be had.  The Tivoli Gardens are not to be missed.

golden circle iceland - Google Search.clipular1. Iceland has topped the list of safest countries to travel since 2007 and with good reason. The country runs on geo-thermal power and has geysers,  hot springs, glaciers, and black sand beaches.

United States citizens won’t need a travel visa for entry to most of those countries, however, you will need to make sure your passport is ready to travel!

how-to-get-your-sao-tome-and-principe-visaSao Tome and Principe are two islands that make up the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe. This Portuguese-speaking country is a beautiful destination. Travelers that are United States citizens will need a travel visa to enter the country. Here is how easy getting a travel visa though Texas Tower can make the process.

Simply gather the requested documents for the type of visa you need (business purposes or tourism) and then send them to Texas Tower. We will have your travel visa in your hands and we can even expedite the acquisition of your visa to arrive in 1-2 working days if you need it on a rush basis.

If you have any questions about the process of getting your travel visa, our knowledgeable staff is always happy to help you. You will also need to check your passport and make sure it meets the requirements of travel.

In the event you need documents translated to or from any language, we offer that service too! Contact our offices if you have any questions and we’ll be glad to get you started on your Sao Tome & Principe visa.

Here’s a video overview of what to see in Sao Tome & Principe:

nycIt’s kicking off! The holiday travel season is heating up, are you ready? Here are some tips to make your travel whether from state to state or international, a lot easier.

Check out where you’re going
If you’re driving, check out the roads before you go and find out there’s a way to avoid construction or traffic. Is there a scenic route to take? Remember, enjoying the trip is a big part of getting to your destination. If your destination is to another country, check out the travel warnings at the U.S. Department of State site.

There’s an app for that
Check out some of the cool apps that will keep you connected to the latest updates on your trip. FlightStatus is an app that will give you real-time updates on any flight delays, baggage numbers, and other information related to your flight. GateGuru will calculate how much time you’re probably going to spend getting through the boarding security check. If you’re driving, you’re going to want to download GasBuddy to find the cheapest gas and cleanest bathrooms on the road.

Don’t go hungry
Nothing is worse than being hungry, well unless your kids are hungry. Then, there is no peace for anyone until little tummies are full. If you’re road tripping in a vehicle, pack snacks and drinks that are car seat friendly. If you’re flying, eat before you board.

Do you really need that for this trip?
Pack as lightly as you can. That goes for the whole family. Draw the line between a holiday visit and moving in.  If you do check your luggage, make sure your important documents, prescription medications and a change of clothes are in your carry-on, just in case your luggage goes to another destination (hey, it happens).

Heaven, thy name is earplugs.
In an airport, there are two ways to escape the screaming baby four seats over, the lady with the really loud convo going on, and the guy who is yelling into his cell phone: earplugs or headphones. Just enjoy the silence or listen to your favorite book or watch a movie on your mobile device.

TSA can wreck your gifts
Don’t bring pretty wrapped presents on your flight, there’s a good chance TSA may have to unwrap it. One way to get around it is to ship any gifts ahead to your destination. Then they will be waiting for you when you get there.

Avoid Travel on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving
Did you know that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the biggest travel day of the year? Consider traveling either before or early Thanksgiving morning is usually not too overwhelming if you’re flying.  If you’re driving, the best time to hit the road is in the early morning hours or late at night.

Use these tips and have a safe and fun holiday travel season!

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Travel themed composition including the Earth, a luggage and an airplane. Digital illustration.