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!

Suriname is located between Guyana and French Guyana. This country is an ideal destination for fall travel with warm days and cool nights.

Average Local Weather 
October: high 89° low 72°
November: high 87° low 72°
December high 84° Low 71°

We can assist you in obtaining your travel visa to Suriname.
A visa is required for both tourist and business travel from the U.S. to Suriname.

Maximum Stay: 30 days

BUSINESS REQUIREMENTS FOR SURINAME VISAS:
One completed Suriname visa application
One passport type photo
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
Company business letter – Generate one now and print on your company letterhead.
Texas Tower order form

TOURIST REQUIREMENTS FOR SURINAME VISAS:
One completed Suriname visa application
One passport type photo
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

Curious what to do in Suriname? Here’s a great overview of the sights to not miss!

how to get your nigeria travel visa fastGetting a travel visa to Nigeria through Texas Tower is simple. Just read the requirements for the type of visa you need. Fill out the forms (we give you the links) and then send your paperwork to us. We’ll begin processing your request immediately upon receipt and deliver your travel visa back to you quickly.

Here are some common questions about Nigeria Travel Visas

Do you U.S. citizens require a visa for business travel to Nigeria?
Yes. Both tourism and business travel require a travel visa for entry.

Can the Nigeria visa application be completed online?
Yes, you can find the link here

Is it true you need a major credit card to apply for a Nigerian visa?
While many visas do not require it, Nigeria requires that a partial consular fee payment is made at the time of application using a major credit card.

Is it a necessity for applicants to have a Google or Yahoo account to fill out the application?
Yes. A Google or Yahoo account is required to properly enter the data input portion of the site. You should allow 30 minutes to complete. If you do not wish to do this, Texas Tower can complete this online step for you for a nominal fee.

Will I need to submit photos with my Nigerian visa application?
Yes, you will be required to submit two passport-type photos.

How many blank pages do I need in my passport?
Your passport with 6 months validity beyond trip completion and one blank visa page are the minimum requirements. If you need extra pages in your passport, you can no longer add pages. You will need to renew your passport.

If you have any questions about your Nigerian visa or passport-related questions, just contact our office at 713-874-1420 and we will be happy to assist you.

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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Halloween is almost here, want to know where to go for the best scare? How about a mummy museum in Mexico? An island of ghosts in Japan? Lonely Planet teamed up with Great Big Story, a production company that produces microdocumentaries for social, digital, and theatrical release. Here are a few of their most frightening choices.

Doll Island – South of Mexico City, in the canals of Xochimilcoa, a man said a young tourist died outside of his home and her spirit returned to scare him. For protection, he began hanging dolls he found around his island home. In 2001, the owner of the island drowned the same way the tourist did. His grand-nephew took over as caretaker.

Hotel Palmyra – amazingly through the wars and turmoil that has embroiled this area of the world, this hotel has been standing in Lebanon since 1874. There are Roman ruins right outside the front door.

Shengshen Island, China – a place where nature has reclaimed a once-thriving fishing village.

Mummy Museum in Guanajuato, Mexico isn’t meant to be a scary place. It is a collection of naturally well-preserved bodies from a Cholera outbreak in the 1800s.

Those are just three destinations around the world. What’s your favorite Halloween destination?

The cost of flying this Friday (the 13th) is as much as 44 per cent cheaper for some destinations.

Maybe it was the Final Destination films or maybe enough people are superstitious that it makes a difference, but it is historically cheaper to fly on Friday the 13th.

Research earlier this year by flight comparison website Kayak, looking at the 20 most popular departures from airports, found that the cost of flying on Friday the 13th was, on average, five per cent cheaper than a normal day. However, for those willing to ignore superstition and take to the sky, savings for some destinations were far more significant. Flights to Gran Canaria from the UK, for example, fell for the 13th by 44 per cent.

A spokesperson for Kayak said: “Flight prices are very much based on demand – when demand is up they rise and when it is down they fall. Our data, therefore, indicates that many are choosing not to travel on Friday the 13th.”

According to a statistical analysis by the Aviation Safety Network, the average number of fatal aircraft crashes on Friday the 13th days is 0.067 per day, compared to a usual daily average of 0.091. So if anything, it’s fractionally safer to fly on this supposedly unlucky day.

For the people who aren’t superstitious, flight 666 to HEL flew it’s final flight on October 13, 2017.

We process U.S. passports, travel visas, certified birth certificates and Apostille documents. Questions ? Call us at 713-874-1420 

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.