Yes, the U.S. Department of State issued a travel warning for travelers going to Mexico. The warning was issued mainly due to security concerns from organized crime activities in certain regions.

Mexico welcomed 35-million international travelers in the past year, and they are expected to break those numbers this year. With the largest travel season in history set to kick off, this doesn’t mean you have to cancel your trip to Mexico. Millions of U.S. citizens travel to Mexico every year for reasons that range from business to pleasure to education. Included in that number are 150,000 visitors who cross the border into Mexico every day.

The Mexican government makes an effort to keep travelers safe. There are some basic safety tips you can know, that will keep your travel in Mexico, a pleasurable one.US Travel Advisory - How Safe Is Mexico.clipular

1. Research your destination.
Get the latest information on the city or region you’re planning to visit by checking the U.S. State Department’s travel alerts page for the most current information on warnings for tourists.

2. Think twice about valuables.
If you really don’t need that cocktail ring or your expensive watch on this trip – don’t bring it. It will make you far less attractive to pickpockets and thieves.

3. Double up on your documents.
Scan your passport and other travel documents and email them to yourself. You’ll at least have a copy to refer to if they get lost or stolen.

4. Write down credit card bank numbers.
Find out the international number for your bank or credit card and take it with you. Most toll-free numbers won’t work from Mexico to reach your bank.

5. Just in case.
Make sure someone at home knows your itinerary for your trip.

6. Forget the fanny pack.
Fanny packs are often targets for pickpockets. Go for an underclothing money belt or purse-boots that have special pockets sewn within for holding credit cards, passport, and even cell phones without showing.

7.  Financial backup plan.
Take a few traveler cheques with you just in case. Just in case can mean that ATM that ate your credit card or your card gets stolen. It’s always a good idea to have a backup plan.

Those are just seven tips for making it a safe trip to Mexico. If you want more information just contact our offices during business hours via phone or feel free to hit us up on Facebook with questions – we’re ready to help!

Interesting stats from Richard Dow, President of U.S. Travel Association, a trade organization based out of Washington, D.C. He stated at their trade industry’s annual gathering, the direct spending of $928 billion occurred on tourism and travel in the United States alone.

This had an estimated $2.1 trillion impact on the economy, supporting the 15 million jobs that are dependent on the hospitality and travel industries to sustain themselves. Domestic travel has grown 2 percent and international travel jumped forward growing nearly 4 percent.

Chile has recently started a reciprocal visa program with the United States. A travel visa is not required for travelers from Chile and U.S. travelers are not required to present a visa for entry to Chile.

Dow was quoted as stating he hoped to see some other countries like Brazil follow suit on that action, but it has not been adopted as of yet.

See the full article here


A common myth is that you just have to file your paperwork and wait for your passport. Often it takes weeks. That’s where hiring a company to do the legwork for you makes good sense.
If you can follow a list, you can get your passport in your hands faster.

According to Sergio Garcia, CEO of Texas Tower, Inc., it’s 100% legal to outsource the acquisition of your passport and visa to a third party agency.

The process is very simple. The client is given a short list of documents to print and sign. Then those documents are sent to Texas Tower. Depending on the time service, you can have your passport in as little as 24-hours.

Texas Tower welcomes questions regarding passports and visas at 713-874-1420. They are registered with the United States government for the purpose of obtaining passports and other travel documents. They also can get clients certified copies of birth certificates, international driver’s licenses, and they offer full document translation services.

Planning a trip can be time-consuming, outsource the job of obtaining your passport to Texas Tower, and spend more time planning your travel.

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Should you keep your passport current-The answer to that question is a qualified Yes!   By 2018, many states will not accept a state i.d. as valid identification for flying, and a passport is a great option to use instead.

With the fall travel heating up and holiday travel time fast approaching, make sure that you have all of your documents in place to be able to travel is vital. If your passport is expired 

If your passport is expired it can put the brakes on your travel plans.

During busy travel periods, the processing time for passports and visas take even more time than usual. The standard time for processing passports is approximately 4 to 6 weeks.

However, in the busier travel seasons, it goes up to between 7 to 8 weeks. If you are traveling somewhere that is usually a popular vacation spot or is really popular for a certain reason the time could go up even more. That’s why outsourcing the acquisition of your passport is a great idea.

 An example: in 2014 the world cup was in Brazil and this made Brazil seriously overrun with travelers and hence longer processing times. For the 2016 Olympics, Brazil waived the  visa requirement, but not the passport. 

Another reason to keep that Passport Current

 The state department strongly suggests that you don’t wait till the last minute to renew your passport. There are countries that will deny access to people that have less than 6 months left before their passport expires. So keep that in mind and make sure you check your documents. You can and should check out the country that you are planning to and you can get your destination country information at the State Departments page here.

If You Get Caught Short with Your Passport

 So you check your documents and you find that your passport is expired or just plain lost. Or you check your travel destination and find your passport is due to expire within the time frame that makes your destination country a no go. You also don’t have the time or don’t want to wait 4 to 6 weeks or more for your passport. What do you do? That’s where we come in.

Texas Tower can expedite your passport same day or within 24 hours. Additionally, they can answer any of your questions personally and you get the personal touch of having experienced people to help you through what can sometimes be a stressful situation. Just go to Texas Tower Passports and get started.

What Vaccinations are Required to Enter China- (1)Many countries require inoculation against certain diseases to enter the country. China does not require proof of vaccinations to enter the country.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look into some preventative healthcare. However, 4 to 6 weeks before you visit China, the CDC recommends the following vaccinations: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. The CDC recommends all travelers are up to date on routine vaccines before every trip.
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2 More Vaccinations to Consider
The CDC also recommends getting vaccinated against Hepatitis A as the tap water in most of China is not safe to drink, and you can contact Hep A through contaminated water or food prepared in contaminated water. Also if you’re an adventurous eater or staying in a rural area, you should get a current vaccination to guard against typhoid.

Why Get Vaccinated 4-6 Weeks Before Travel?
It takes time for a vaccination to build up in your immune system to fully protect you. Therefore, several weeks lead time will give you the maximum protection while traveling.

See the full information for the CDC’s recommended vaccinations for China travel here.


Saudi Arabia has a few special requirements for travelers to know. It is a common belief that travelers cannot take photographs in Saudi Arabia.

ruh_3_mainSaudi Arabia does allow photography and filming in public areas so long as it does not invade the privacy of others. Sensitive facilities, such as airports, seaports, oil and petrochemical facilities, and military bases that do not wish to be photographed are obliged to place visible signs indicating so. Royal palaces are considered private property and should not be photographed. If you’re in doubt if an area can be photographed, don’t. There is a great article Petapixel covering the photography laws in detail, Street Photography in Saudi Arabia.

Also pay attention to what you bring with you. Travelers entering Saudi Arabia may not carry:

  • alcohol

  • firearms

  • pork products

  • religious items

  • pornographic materials.

    If you take a prescription medication, it should be clearly labeled and in its original container.

Here is an overview for obtaining your travel visa to Saudi Arabia.
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Curious about what to see and do while in Saudi Arabia? Here is a great video showing some great sights:

If you have questions about about to obtain your Enjaz for your Saudi trip, call our offices and we can help you.

Need your Saudi Arabia travel visa on a rush basis? We can obtain your travel visa for you in 5-10 working days or expedited is in your hands in 1-2 working days. If you need your travel visa delivered to a Houston airport, we can accommodate that request.

Get started on your Saudi Arabia visa today! Our agents are ready to help you.


Mozambique is a beautiful country situated on the coast of Africa with a huge draw for tourists.  As their tourism industry continues to grow, it’s a good idea to put Mozambique on your bucket list of must-see destinations.

How long is an entry visa good for?
Maximum Stay: 30 days

What documents do United States travelers require for entry?
For business visas to enter Mozambique, travelers will need:

For tourist visas, travelers will need the following:

  • One completed Mozambique visa application
  • Two passport type photos
  • Physical passport with 6 months validity beyond trip completion and one blank visa page
  • Non-USA passport holders must provide a copy of green card or US Visa and I-94
  • One copy of flight itinerary
  • Texas Tower order form

Are vaccinations for yellow fever required?
If traveling from the United States no vaccination is usually required. If you’re entering from a country where yellow fever is prevalent, a vaccination may be required.

Ready to get your travel visa to Mozambique? We’re ready to assist you! You can get every document you need here on our page for Mozambique travel visas.

You know that old saying, “When in Rome…”? There are actually a few things you shouldn’t do when you visit Rome. We put together a list of them.

Mealtime: Don’t walk and eat. 
Even if you grab a snack, you’ll be expected to sit in the establishment or go to a nearby park and eat. It’s socially rude to walk and eat.

About that Cappuccino
Don’t order a cappuccino in the afternoon. Cappuccinos are considered a breakfast coffee and are often consumed first thing in the morning with a sweet pastry. If you need a splash of milk in your coffee, cafe macchiato will do nicely.

No eating around the fountains
Rome’s mayor Virginia Raggi has just issued a ban on eating and drinking near the city’s famous fountains.

Dress appropriately for jogging
If you’re a runner, make sure to dress appropriately. The cops may stop you for running shirtless or in a sports bra.

Read up on public transportation before you go
Rome’s bus system is slow and often timetables are just a good idea. You will need to buy bus tickets at the city tobacco store and not on the bus when boarding. If you miss the bus, trams are often more reliable but expensive. There’s always the Scooterino service!

Texas Tower Passport and Visa is a U.S. passport and travel visa expediting service. Contact us to do your paperwork for you! 713-874-1420

 

Macau has been designated a Special Administrative Region of China and as such, enjoys independence except for China still controls the foreign affairs and handles defense for this nation.

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Because it was originally settled by Portuguese, the name they originally gave the area in the 1500s remains today. However, in China, the name of the region is known as Aomen. After 466 years, the Portuguese handed the region back to China.

Travelers can enjoy a gambling and gaming town with revenues that surpass Las Vegas.

American citizens do not require a travel visa to Macau for business or personal travel. However, your nationality may require a travel visa. Call us at (713) 874-1420 and get your passport in order or a travel visa (if needed) for your visit to beautiful Macau.

The State Department is estimating from now through 2018 there is going to be a massive backlog of passport applications. Plus, the design of U.S. passports is getting an overhaul.

Renew your passport now

In 2016, there were over 14 million passport renewal requests,  the State Department is estimating a minimum of 20 million requests into 2018. There’s never been a better time to expedite your passport renewal.

Many people aren’t aware the expiration date on their passport is not the expiration date. Many countries will deny you entry if there are less than six months left until expiration on your passport.

You will have to comply with the Real I.D. Act

The REAL ID Act, passed in 2005 and coming into effect January of 2018, established a set of federal security standards for state driver’s licenses that require specific information and machine-readable technology. Travelers using IDs issued by certain states could be turned away at the gate.  According to the Department of Homeland Security, after 2020, absolutely all travelers on U.S. domestic flights must comply with the REAL ID Act. Having a passport will be worth it.

Additional Rules Have Been Added

As of November 2016 glasses are no longer allowed in passport photos. The State Department sent away thousands of applications due to poor passport photos, so make sure that you adhere to rules and guidelines for passport photos.

Tip: Glasses are still allowed for medical conditions.  Simply send along a doctor’s note with your application.

Passports got an all-over upgrade

In the summer of 2016, passports began to be manufactured with chips installed. The chip on the info page is machine readable and contains a biometric key for the traveler it is assigned to. Passports also have fewer pages and adding additional pages is no longer an option. Even the covers were updated. The covers are tougher, resist wear better, and water resistant.

New security features

U.S. passports now have the data chip that allows for scanning. The State Department states more technological advancements are in the works along with forensic devices.