Panama is still considered a safe venue for tourists. The abundance of natural landscapes, tropical beaches, and historical places to visit, and the modern comforts found in many of the hotels make Panama a great destination.

Tourists need to exercise the same caution they would at any international venue and avoid areas that are known to have higher incidences of crime. Also, use the same wariness to safeguard valuables, travel documents, and cash from pickpockets and thieves when out sightseeing or shopping.
The condition of the roads will be your main concern in Panama. The roads are not usually well-maintained, and a recent statement by the U.S. Department of State regarding Panama mentioned there are still no traffic lights in use within the entire country.

Within the metropolitan areas, you can safely drink bottled or tap water. In rural areas, be aware the water can be contaminated. The CDC recommends being up-to-date on vaccinations and also get yellow fever, typhoid and hepatitis A and B vaccinations. Antimalaria drugs are also recommended as marilia is common in the rural areas.
Also, the CDC recommends using insect repellent to further lessen the chances of mosquito bites.

Looking for some fun things to do in Panama? Lonely Planet
has a great collection of user rated reviews for hotels, restaurants, and activities.

Although U.S. citizens visiting Panama do not need a visa to enter the country, make sure your passport is up to date and ready to get stamped! If you need to renew an expired passport, or get your first passport – we can help.

promorepublic-com-clipular-6Curious about where to say goodbye to 2016 and celebrate 2017? There’s still time to get your travel plans arranged, get your passport if you need it and your travel visa.
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1. Las Vegas – In the United States but don’t want to go to NYC? Las Vegas is a great place to ring in the New Year in the U.S.A. If attendance last year on the Strip and Fremont Street is an indication of what to expect this year, you will be partying with 300,000 others who want to bring in 2017 with a bang.

2. Bangkok –  There will be parties held throughout, but the biggest New Year’s Eve party will be held at Central World shopping complex. Thousands are expected to attend.

3. Paris – The City of Lights is bringing in the New Year in grand fashion this year. Party it up at the Eiffel Tower or attend the festivities at Champs-Élysées.

4. Sydney – There will be a traditional light parade in Sydney Harbour, and more than one million people gathered last year – crowds of a similar size are expected this year.

5. London – London lights up on New Year’s Eve as fireworks shoot from rafts on the Thames and the foot of the London Eye. The best spots for watching are Victoria Embankment and the South Bank. Many viewpoints will require tickets, so call ahead to be sure.

6. Jost Van Dyke – Don’t want to bundle up for New Year’s? Visit the smallest of the British Virgin Islands. The party starts early on December 31st and continues for 2 full days of merriment.

7. Rio De Janeiro – Grab yourself a caipirinha and sink into the massive crowd of over 2 million partiers. This party rivals Carnival and happens en masse on Copacabana Beach.

8. St Francis Bay – In South Africa, one of the craziest parties takes place at The Ruins. A paid admission is required and it sells out fast. Definitely a party destination to put on your bucket list.

9. Vagator – Club 9 Bar Little Vagator located in gorgeous Goa, on the beach, this is a great place to bring in 2017.

10. Reykjavik – Iceland goes all out for New Years with an enormous fireworks display that shouldn’t be missed.
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Bonus recommendation: Cuba is only 90 miles away from the coast and is a hot destination for U.S. travelers this year!

 

how-to-6Planning a trip to Vietnam? The travel visa to Vietnam is good for a maximum stay of 30 days and may not be obtained upon your arrival in Vietnam. You need to have it before you travel to the country.

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If you want to make the process of getting your travel visa to Vietnam a breeze, let us get it for you. Just fill out the paperwork for the type of travel visa you need (Business or Tourist) and get the packet to us, and we will do the legwork for you.

Curious about what to do and see in Vietnam?

If you have any questions about getting your Vietnam visa or any questions regarding your passport, just contact our office at 713-874-1420. We are ready to assist you.

dont-let-your-travel-plans-hit-a-brick-wallIf you need non-English documents translated to facilitate your passport or travel documents, let us help!  We offer full translation services to our clients to or from any language.
The reason is many governments require that travel documents such as your passport are translated for easy processing.

Our translations are accepted by the USCIS and other U.S. agencies.

Certain countries will require that your police report, medical records, or work history is translated in both English as well as the native language. If you lack these translations, your travel visa or work permit can be denied.

If you would like a quote, just call our offices to get an estimate for the cost of your translation of your travel documents.

Contact us today to get started : (713) 874-1420

how-to-get-a-zimbabwe-visaTraveling to Zimbabwe doesn’t have to be a hassle. If you need to get a valid tourist or business travel visa, Texas Tower can handle the visit to the consulate for you and save you a trip. Just gather the documents we need in the list below, and we’ll do the rest. If you need your visa expedited, we can rush the process for you too.

Please note, we can only process travel visa for “B” class travelers. If you hold a “C” class passport, you will need the following information:
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The information Texas Tower will need to process your business or tourist visa is as follows:
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A few things to know while traveling in Zimbabwe. While the government in Zimbabwe is relatively stable, U.S. travelers are advised to steer clear from protests and other gatherings that could potentially be disbursed by the government. An ethnically diverse country of roughly 13 million people, Zimbabwe has 16 official languages, with English, Shona, and Ndebele the most commonly used.

There is no official currency. Traveler’s checks may be difficult to use. Most hotels and vendors will accept U.S. currency. A yellow fever vaccination is only required if you are entering the country via a country where there is a known outbreak.

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Towers of Great Zimbabwe

To get a taste of what you can see in Zimbabwe here is a sample

If you have any questions regarding getting your travel visa to Zimbabwe or you need help with a passport issue, just ask Texas Tower at 713-874-1420.

India has so much to see and do in every part, we wanted to share a great article with you about 9 places in India , but first lets go over how to get there. United States citizens require both a passport and a travel visa for entry to the country for both business and tourism purposes.

India Travel Visa Expedited
Our company can take the hassle out of getting both your India visa and your passport for travel to India. Getting your Indian visa is an exacting process. The Indian Embassy reviews each application and it must meet stringent standards. Call our offices today to discuss your travel plans.

Where will you go?
Instead of the tourist traps, how about a few destinations off the beaten path?
Love tea? Love serene, beautiful hills? Check out Munnar.

Jaisalmer is also known as the Golden City.
See why!

Cherrapunji is considered one of the wettest location on our planet and it holds a phenomenal wonder, Nohkalikai Falls. This majestic site is surrounded by rich flora, and holds a legend about a crazed woman who jumped off the edge of the falls. This is one of the tallest waterfalls in the country.

Love nature? Love to dive? Dominica needs to be a destination for you. This beautiful country has rain forests, mountains to explore, and over 40 spectacular dive sites. This little jewel in the Caribbean is a definitely bucket list addition for travel buffs.

November through May are the peak months for tourists to visit. You can often score better deals on hotels during the off months, however the off season includes Atlantic hurricane season from June through October, and it includes a rainy season.

United States citizens traveling to Dominica do not need a travel visa for entry for tourist or business purposes. You will need an up-to-date passport.
If your passport does not have blank pages, you can no longer add them. You will need to renew the passport.

We can help you if you need to add pages or renew your passport. Expedited services are available.

Trip Advisor has a great overview of where to stay and what to do in Dominica.

United States citizens visiting Belize for tourism purposes will not need a travel visa for entry to the country. However business travelers will need a travel visa.

The maximum stay in Belize on a business visa is 30 days and the travel visa must be obtained before arriving in Belize as they can no longer be obtained on arrival in the country.

If you want to take the hassle out of visiting the embassy and let us do the legwork for you, we can obtain your Belize visa for your next business trip. If you need it expedited, we can do that too.

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The main thing travelers need to keep abreast of are the travel warnings regarding hurricane season . You can get the latest notices through the Secretary of State.

In a word, Belize is beautiful. With opportunities for travelers both above with beautiful jungles and natural wonders to explore and below the ocean. This is a prime trip for anyone that loves to scuba dive with one of the largest barrier reefs in the Northern Hemisphere.

Here is a fast overview of what you can find in Belize

If you have any questions about getting your visa or updating your passport for Belize, contact our office at 713-874-1420, our agents are ready to help you now.

Traveling to the Ivory Coast (Cote D’Ivoire) from the United States? You will need a travel visa. The good news is we can get your travel visa for you and let you concentrate on getting ready for your trip.

If you’re a business traveler – you will need the following :
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Tourists will need to use the following information to obtain their Ivory Coast visa:
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Your travel visa will be good for multiple entries and good for up to 12-months.

If you’re curious about some of the best sites to see off the beaten path (even if you’re there on a highly scheduled business trip – try to make time to see the country, it is stunning). Here is a brief video TravellingMatey made.

With many American states given the reprieve until 2017 to comply with identification requirements, having a passport for travel within the United States still isn’t a thing. In the future, that may change. In the meantime you still need your passport for traveling outside the United States. Here are some of the most common passport issues we see daily and how to handle them.

expired passport - Google Search.clipularYour passport is within 6 months of expiring.
You might as well consider your passport expired if there is less than six months left until the expiration date. Go ahead and renew your passport.

The country you’re entering requires a blank page in your passport for stamping upon entry, and you do not have the blank pages available. 
Until January 2016, you could add pages to your passport. Now you need to go through the renewal process to add pages, no matter how much extra time is left until expiration.

Remember! No glasses in passport photos now
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You are an adult that wants their first passport. 
Applying for your first passport can seem daunting with the documents you need to gather. However, our service can make it easy. Just look over what you need to do to apply for a U.S. passport through Texas Tower and let us get your passport for you.

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passports and visas

Can someone have two passports?
Yes, if you meet certain requirements. If you are traveling between politically sensitive countries or you need to get a visa stamp plus need to travel internationally at the same time – you qualify. Learn more here.

Have a newborn and need to travel internationally? You need a passport. 
We can obtain passports for your children from newborn to 15 years of age. Children over that age will need to use the adult passport form.

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Replacing a lost, stolen or damaged passport?
We can assist you in that. We have some forms you need to fill out and we can help you get your old passport canceled and your new passport in your hands.

Avoid delays and keep your name current on your travel docs.
Marriage, divorce, adoption, and other life events can cause a change in your name. Make sure your name on your identification matches your passport exactly. If you need to update, let us help you apply for a name change on your passport.