How to Get Your Russian Visa for 2018 FIFA World Cup

Less than a year to plan for June 2018 and it will be here before you know it.

 Russia is host to the 2018 FIFA World Cup from June 14th through July 15th, 2018.

Over the past several years, Russia has worked towards rebuilding their tourism industry and is a destination that should definitely be on your bucket list as a country to experience.

You will need a visa to enter Russia for both business or tourism purposes, fortunately we can take do the work for you and then all you have to do is pack and make sure you have your passport ready to go (we can help you with that too if you need pages or to renew your passport).

Your maximum stay for a Russian travel visa is 90 days, and you must register with OVIR if you’re staying longer than 72 hours, most hotels will offer the registration service.

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We can obtain your visa for travel to Russia in as little as 1-2 working days, contact our offices if you have any questions. Get started on your Russia visa here. Share with a friend that might be interested in going to the World Cup in Russia!

If you lose your passport or believe it has been stolen, it should be reported immediately to protect your identity. Your missing passport will be rendered invalid for travel. You can report it online or call the Department of State at 1-877-487-2778 (TTY 1-888-874-7793)

Replacing your passport is a simple process Texas Tower can expedite for you.  Just go to the Department of State and complete the DS-11 form online. Then print the passport application but do not sign.

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Next, you will need to print a copy of the DS-11 Passport form. Again, do not sign this form either. This copy will be included with your Texas Tower order

Then you will need to

fill out a DS-64 form which is

 a Statement for a Lost or Stolen Passport. Print one copy and sign in black ink only. The original must be included in the sealed envelope you take to the Passport Deputy (also known as your local Post Office). The copy you just made will go on the outside with your Texas Tower authorization form.

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Now you need to get two recent passport-quality photos taken. We recommend that you have these pictures taken by a facility familiar with passport photo requirements such as Walgreens, CVS, or Kinko’s.

Proof of Identity
To get your passport reissued you will need to provide proof of U.S. citizenship and identification. You can provide proof of citizenship using one of the following documents:

  • Original U.S.-issued birth certificate
  • Original U.S. Naturalization Document
  • An expired U.S. passport that was issued for 10 years

Proof of identification can be in the form of a state-issued or federal issued I.D. You will need to make a clear back and front copy. Examples of I.D. can be

  • a valid state drivers license,
  • military I.D., or
  • government I.D.
  • The identification used must have been issued more than 6 months ago.

Need to get your passport reissued faster?
Use a flight itinerary or company letter requesting rush service. We can help you with a sample letter to meet the requirements of the passport office.

Last, because you are using our service to expedite the reissue of your passport, you will need to include an Authorization for Texas Tower to act on your behalf. Please make two copies and place one inside the envelope to be sealed by the Passport Deputy and one on the outside.

Take your documents to your local post office to be witnessed, signed, and sealed. Do not open this envelope once sealed.

Need help finding a passport agency deputy?
You can find a complete list of local agencies at http://iafdb.travel.state.gov.
Be aware the Passport Agency Deputy will charge an execution fee of $25 for witnessing your document signing and sealing of your envelope.

Once completed, mail or overnight your sealed envelope, copies for Texas Tower, and payment (See fees at the bottom of this page) to:
Texas Tower Passports & Visas
2020 Montrose Blvd. Suite 400
Houston, TX 77006
Phone (713) 874-1420

A member of our staff will handle your order, and you can track the status of your passport reissue in real-time.

What You Need to Know Before Applying for Your Ghana Travel Visa

Did you know Ghana was voted the most peaceful African nation to visit?

Ghana is fast becoming a popular, also a hot venue for destination weddings. Steeped in history and rich with culture, it’s a great place to toss aside the formalities of being a tourist, and become a cultural tourist. That means you become a local for a couple of weeks.  Here are some of the most common questions and answers for travel to Ghana.

Where’s a great place to get a steak in Ghana?
We reviewed four restaurants in Accra, one of which provides Nebraska-fed beef!

How long may I stay in Ghana on a travel visa?
The current maximum stay is 30 days.

I don’t understand which what it means by type of travel visa to Ghana.
There are two types of travel visas for entry to the country. Whichever visa you choose depends on the reason for your visit. You will need to either choose a business class visa or a tourist visa.

What days can Texas Tower process my Ghana visa?
We can process your Ghana application for a travel visa Monday through Thursday. The embassy is closed on Friday.

Is the application for a Ghana visa available online.
Yes, you can access it through Texas Tower here.

Do I need to provide a passport photo with my application?
Yes you will need to provide two passport photos with your Ghana visa request.

Will I need a blank visa page for my Ghana trip?
Yes, Ghana requires that you have one blank visa page available. Talk to us if you need additional pages, as you will now need to renew your passport.

Are there any additional elements someone who does not hold a U.S. passport needs to provide for the Ghana visa request?
Non-USA passport holders must provide a copy of green card or US Visa and I-94

Will I need to include a copy of the airline schedule for my trip to Ghana?
Yes, you will need to include one copy of flight itinerary for both business and tourist travel visas.

For business trips, is a host required?
Yes, you will need to submit proof of an invitation from a host in Ghana.
A company letter on your company letterhead is also required. If you need help, we can assist you here with drafting your business letter.

Are any vaccinations required for travel to Ghana?
Yes, currently you are required to be immunized against yellow fever and cholera.

If you have any other questions – just ask us! You can contact our offices at 713-874-1420 ask us on Facebook .

How to (1)You need a certified copy of your birth certificate for so many things. You will need one to obtain or renew your passport. You will need one for your travel visa to most countries.

New high school graduates will need a birth certificate for college enrollment. You’ll need it when you apply for Social Security benefits to prove your identity and citizenship. It’s a good idea to have an extra certified copy of your birth certificate, so you’re never left waiting to get a copy to get things done.

We are based in Houston, Texas, but we can get a certified copy of your birth certificate from any state. Each state has a slightly different turn around time for servicing a birth certificate request, and the fees for each jurisdiction will also differ.

If you need your birth certificate on a rush, in most cases we can expedite your request and get your certified copy in your hands quickly.

Call our office at 713-874-1420 if you have any questions before you order your birth certificate or if you feel you have an unusual circumstance. We have helped people get the documents they need for years, and we’re ready to help you.
Get started here.

What You Need to Know Before Applying for Your Ghana Travel VisaPlanning a trip outside the U.S.? Did you know that makes you part of around five percent of Americans who travel internationally each year? If you’re a first time traveler overseas, we have some tips to make it easier.

Tip #1 – You will need a passport.
Actually all signs point to travelers within the United States needing a passport by 2020, but you’re traveling outside the United States now and you will need a passport to exit and enter the U.S. when you return. You will also need to show a certified copy of your birth certificate to obtain your passport. Outsource the task of getting a passport and spend your time planning your trip and deciding if you really need to include that 15th pair of shoes. Once you get your passport, it will be good for ten years. When you get your passport photo taken, get a few extra copies. Sometimes random countries will ask you for one at the border or you might need one for a visa (more on visas in a moment).

Tip #2 – Will You Need a Travel Visa?
Not every country requires a travel visa for entry. This is where the process gets extra fun, every country has their own rules, regulations, and process for obtaining a visa for entry. It also usually requires a trip to the consulate or embassy. This is a good task to outsource.

#3 Research Your Destination
In many countries, people in the cities do not drive at all. Public transportation, taxis, private buses, ride-sharing and other ways to get around make even renting a car unnecessary for a lot of destinations. Look up where you’re going and learn the basic customs, hot spots, places to avoid, and whether a Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended to avoid getting sick from the food or water.
Tip #4 Where To Stay
A hotel isn’t your only option. Check out couchsurfing.org or AirBnB.com to get in a local’s home and really get a feel for the place you’re visiting (maybe even make some new friends) get insider tips on cool places to go and save money.
Tip #5 Learn How the Money Works
In the present, if you don’t have a credit card with a chip, ask your card issuer for one and you’ll likely get it. Most chipped cards won’t come with outrageous fees for using it abroad. Ask your credit card issuer what their fees are, if any to avoid surprises on your statement when you get back.

Using a credit card is excellent security against fraudulent transactions. However, not all businesses will take cards so it’s a good idea to carry a little local currency with you.

Figure out the exchange rate ahead of time so you aren’t trying to do constantly calculate prices. For example, if you are in Iceland and you know 600 Krona is roughly equal to five dollars U.S., you can have a rough and ready point of reference for figuring out how much to spend and keep on you.
Tip #6 Avoid Roaming Fees
When you board your flight, switch off your mobile data. WiFi is available pretty much everywhere, use that to upload your travel photo to Instagram instead of your phone’s data and you’ll save money.

Tip #7 Learn a Little of the Local Language
Most places you visit will have people who speak English. However, it is polite to at least learn how to say, “Do you speak English?” and a few other phrases in the local language. You might be met with grins and laughs for trying, but most people are happy to help if you try.

Tip #8 – Know the Basics to Pack
Here is a complete list of the basics you need to pack: a toothbrush, toothpaste, your passport, your phone and your credit card. Anything else you might want can be acquired where you’re going.

You can make life easier for yourself by packing clean undies for a week, if your stay is longer wash them in a sink with whatever soap is handy, and hang up to dry. Wool socks won’t heat up your feet and never gather a smell.

For clothing, dress nice and for the weather (again research your destination) and you won’t need more than two pair of shoes for most trips.

And that’s the basics for having a great time on your first jaunt outside the U.S.

tips for traveling southeast asia from texas tower
Mainland Southeast Asia includes Cambodia. Laos. Myanmar (Burma) Peninsular Malaysia. Thailand. Vietnam. When visiting these countries, although each one is different, there are things to avoid doing in each country that will make your trip even better.

Know Your Spice Limit
Just because you love spicy salsa and can handle hot food in the states, spicy is a whole other level of hotness in these countries. Even if you order food without spice it might still make your eyes water. Boiled egg or a side of boiled rice will help cool the heat in your mouth down. Also, check out the street food, sit-down restaurants are often pricey and you can get the same items from a marketplace stall.

Don’t Overdo It Drinking
Have you ever heard of a Thai Bucket? These are like the plastic buckets kids use to build sand castles but instead of being filled with sand they are filled with coke, Red Bull, and hard liquor. Go easy on those if you order them and never go drinking alone.

Understand the Currency Exchange
When you first do the exchange and have 3 million Vietnamese Dong in your hand. It’s important to be able to do currency exchanges on the fly so you aren’t overspending. Get an app like the XE Currency app to keep track of how much you’re really spending.

Don’t Over-Pack
Southeast Asia is hot and humid, don’t worry about makeup, it won’t stay on too long anyway. If you’re traveling to the major cities, anything you need you can get in markets. Convenience stores have mini-products of any toiletries. A good rule to follow is to lay out everything you think you need and then eliminate half the items. One thing you might want to bring with you is sunscreen as it can be on the pricey side if you need to purchase.

replace your passportWe hope it has never happened to you, but it’s a fact that passports get lost and stolen every day. If you’re traveling and lose your passport, it’s normally something you can work through and get your passport reissued.

pickpocket - Google Search.clipularImagine the chaos that could happen if your passport was stolen by a pickpocket as you traveled through Turkey and sold to an ISIS fighter? That’s exactly the nightmare Sam Neher was living after his passport was stolen and sold by Syrian smugglers. Neher found out the smugglers try to find Syrian refugees who look like the people in the stolen passports so they can use them to get to the other countries.

Read the entire story here.

If your passport is lost, stolen, or damaged because the dog found it – talk to us. We can expedite the process and get your U.S. passport in your hands much faster.

order birth certificate onlineIf you’re reading this, it was one of your first forms of identification. Unfortunately, birth certificates get lost, damaged, and there just comes a time when you need it, and you can’t find it.

Back to school is a time when many people discover, that little document isn’t where they thought it was. A lot of schools will not only require a certified birth certificate to register a child for classes but also will want to keep a copy for their records. If your child is going to a camp or joining a sports team, often a certified birth certificate will be required.

If you have moved to a new state and need to get a driver’s license, your birth certificate will be one of the forms of identification accepted. Most DMV offices will require a certified copy, and not just a copy. Planning to get married? Most states require a certified copy of a birth certificate for both individuals that want to get married.

Want to travel outside the United States? You’re going to need a passport. Along with the forms, you need to fill out, you may need to submit a certified copy of your birth certificate.

Another form of i.d., your social security number, will require a birth certificate to obtain if you need to get a copy of your card.

Now the easy part is ordering your certified birth certificate. Talk to us, you can order your birth certificate online and then receive a hard copy in the mail. It’s not a bad idea to have two copies of your birth certificate stored in separate places so when you need a copy, you have it for every member of the family.

There are a lot of reasons to visit Kyrgyz Republic.

United States citizens that are going to the Kyrgyz Republic (also called Kyrgyzstan) as tourists or business travelers do not need also present a travel visa to enter the country if their stay is less than 60 days.

If your time in the country will be longer than 60-days, you will need to apply for a visa.  Please note, you cannot obtain your travel visa upon arrival in Kyrgyz Republic, you must have it before you travel. We’ll outline how below.

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The State Department has this special notice at their official site :
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Although United States citizens don’t require a travel visa to visit the Honduras, your citizenship may require one. If so, we can help – contact us today to discuss if you need a Honduras travel visa or not.

The Honduras was considered too rough and dangerous by the majority of tourists, but stability in the present is helping Honduras shed its bad-boy image and it is fast becoming a thriving tourist mecca for diving enthusiasts. It is also one of the more affordable destinations in Central America.

Nomadic Matt has put together a great overview of the things to see and places to get the most for your money spent in the Honduras.

Also, check out the overview at LonelyPlanet for the Honduras. Diving venues, the Mayan ruins, and jungle treks are all laid out in detail. You can also find user reviews for hotels and lodging. They also have information under the Essential Information tab that includes the wattage for electrical items and weather information.

Want to skip the hotel scene in the Honduras? Don’t forget about Airbnb as an option for finding a place to stay, you can rent a room or even an entire home, for as prices that begin at $28 per night.

The Honduras is a great travel destination, make sure your passport is ready to go and start planning your visit.