Nigeria is a beautiful country with a lot of fun to offer travelers. You will need both a valid passport and travel visa for entry to the country. Tripadvisor has put together some of the best things to do in Lagos when you visit.

Source: Nike Art Center
  1. Nike Art Center
    This is not only an outstanding art gallery but also a textile museum, run by Nike herself.  The gallery is open 7 days a week often holding art exhibitions, workshops and cultural days. If you’re feeling creative you can take an art course with Nike or go on one of her week-long retreats outside of Lagos in Osun state (Osogbo), Kogi state (Ogidi) and Abuja, all of which you can visit with ‘Nike Tours’. The tours offer overnight accommodation at her guesthouses and partake in creating traditional African crafts such as adire, batik, indigo, beadwork, painting, or carving.

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  2. The Lekki Conservation Centre is a great way to spend the day bird watching, exploring dense jungle areas, taking in the mangrove forests, and viewing aquatic fauna in a natural habitat setting.
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  3. Lekki Market
    Get your shop on at this market where you can find a huge number of bargains. There are paintings, jewelry, fabrics, and more. The key to buying in this marketplace is to haggle and bargain on everything.

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  4. Ikeja City Mall
    This is an indoor collector of shops, grocery store, mobile phone kiosks, and movies. It is a great way to spend an afternoon with the family and a good place to go when the weather is too hot or rainy to explore Lagos outdoors.

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  5. Freedom Park
    A trek through this oasis nestled in Lagos will give you a cultural narrative and historical context that will clue you into the richness and diversity of Nigerian Culture. It is an artistic nirvana from modern to traditional outdoor sculptures. Take a stroll or grab a bite and take in the sites. It’s also a well-known music venue and if you are there at the right time you can catch a show.

 

passports and visa servicesYou have choices when you apply for your first passport or renew.  You can go through the U.S. Passport Agency, and the wait time can be up to four to seven weeks, with the average time around six weeks.

The other choice is outsourcing your passport acquisition to a third party agency like Texas Tower.

We make it very simple for you.  Simply click the link for the type of passport service your individual situation requires, and then use our checklist to get the necessary documents printed and signed. Then we’ll do the rest of the leg work for you.

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Our standard turn around time is 6-12 days or you can get an expedited passport rush in just 24 hours.  The U.S. Passport Agency does not offer 24-hour service.

There is a fee for using our service, but it frees you up to plan your trip and not hassle with the passport agency. When you’re ready for your passport, we’ll have it for you.

If you have any questions about obtaining your passport or feel you have a unique situation, just contact our office at 713-874-1420, and one of our specialists will be happy to assist you.

Need to make travel plans to go to Albania? The good news is that if you are an U.S. Citizen, you don’t need a travel visa to visit Albania.

You will need a valid U.S. passport and if you may need an Apostille on your travel documents.

Your nationality may require an Albanian visa. Contact our offices today to find out and one of our friendly staff is ready to assist you.

There are currently no explicit travel warnings for U.S. citizens visiting Albania, keep up with the latest information for travelers from the State Department’s Albania Travel page.

 

Travel Trivia FridayU.S. Citizen traveling down under? You’re going to need a visa to enter the country. Fortunately, we can make it easy.

You may also need an Apostille for your documents. An Apostille is a single page document that certifies the seal and signature of the official signing the document.

Australian visas are electronic visas. You will need to contact our office directly to get the process started. Just email info@texastower.net or call us at 713-874-1420.

If you are emailing please attach the following:
– a completed copy of our order form
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A scanned copy of your passport information page.

If you require that your visa is expedited, please contact our offices immediately to discuss the time frame for your visa. Our agents will walk you through the process and make it easy.

Visiting Kenya should definitely be on your list of travel goals

Getting ready for a trip to Kenya, there are many things you will need to do. One of those things is not hassling with getting your Kenya travel visa or passport updated – we can expedite both of those chores for you and save you a trip to the consulate.

Kenya will require that you show proof of a yellow fever vaccination before entry. If you’ve never done this before, it is a good idea to get your vaccination a few weeks in advance to give the vaccine time to build up in your system. Talk to your doctor about other vaccinations you may need for travel such as malaria or hepatitis A.

You will need a visa for both tourism and business travel to enter Kenya. You can begin the application process up to 90 days before your departure date. The standard turnaround time for a Kenya visa is about 5-10 business days, however if you need your visa faster, we can expedite your Kenya visa to arrive in 24 hours.

Kenya is regarded as a stable country however there are still occasional travel warnings issues for various reasons. Sometimes a yellow fever outbreak or it might be due to a large summit gathering such as the Global Entrepreneurship Summit that happens yearly that can attract criminal elements such as pickpockets targeting tourists and attendees.
You can get the latest Keyna Travel Alerts here.

You got the job in Angola, congrats! Now you need a work visa and we are going to show you how easy we can make the process for you.

We process all types of visa requests for Angola on a regular basis, and we are very experienced in obtaining work visas. There are a few types of work-related visas for Angola. The first deals with jobs in the area of national reconstruction. The second type is in the oil and mining sector of the country. Finally there is a collective work visa for all other types of work done in Angola.

You will also need to make sure your passport is current, beyond 6 months from expiring from the end of your time in Angola, and you will need to renew your passport otherwise.

You will also need some documents, including your resume or Curriculum Vitae, translated into Portuguese, our staff can assist you in that process as part of your Angola work visa application.

If you’re ready to get going on your work visa to Angola, we’re here to assist you every step fo the way. Just contact us at 713-874-1420.

Thailand is a beautiful destination, although we deal with the document side of travel expediting your passport and Thailand visa, we also like to pass on good travel tips when we find them.

Before you can begin a trip to Thailand make sure your travel docs are up to date. You don’t need a visa if you’re entering as a tourist,  you will need a visa if your visit to Thailand is for business purposes, or you are planning on an extended stay.  We can make the process fast and easy for obtaining your visa for Thailand.

What types of travel visas can a traveler get for Thailand?
It depends on the purpose of your visit to Thailand. There are both business and tourist travel visas available.

What is the maximum stay on a travel visa?
You can stay a maximum of 30-days on a travel visa in Thailand.

How many passport photos will I need to submit with my order form?
You will need to submit 2 passport type photos with your Texas Tower order form.

Is it true you need an invitation from a host in Thailand for a business visa?
Yes, you will need a written invitation from a Thailand host. If you’re uncertain what the criteria is to meet the requirements, just talk to our staff and we can guide you through the elements of a proper letter of invitation.

I’ve read Thailand requires a current bank statement to issue a visa?
Yes, when you submit your bank statement, it is permissible (and recommended) to obscure your account number. The Thai government wants to make sure that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay. Your bank statement must show a minimum of $700 on deposit.

What are the requirements for a passport to enter Thailand?
Your passport will need to have 6 months validity beyond trip completion and one blank visa page. If you need to add pages, you will need to also renew your passport.

What about Non-USA passport holders that want to travel to Thailand?
Non-USA passport holders must provide a copy of green card or US Visa and I-94.

Will I need to provide a copy of the flight information?
Yes, you will need to include one copy of your flight itinerary to Thailand with your order.

What are the elements of a permissible company business letter?
To make it easy, you can create a business letter on our site. Just complete the form and then print the business letter on your company letterhead. Get started here.

What is the standard time for processing a Thailand visa?
Our standard time service is 5 – 7 working days. If you require your visa faster, for an additional fee, we can obtain your visa in as little as 1-2 days.

Spring Break is fast approaching, have you made your plans? If you’re still searching for the best deal on where to go – here are some ideas inside and outside the U.S. that are kind to your bank account and perfect for the student on a tight budget.

1. Daytona, Florida

With average temps hovering in the low-80’s during Spring Break, Daytona has great weather and cheap hotels in abundance. There is a Big Red Party Bus that travels up and down the beach and is easy to catch either way. The boardwalk, beach, or local clubs are filled with activity and it’s a definite non-stop party scene.

2. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Both North and South Myrtle Beach in South Carolina have white sandy beaches and very affordable hotels. There’s a ton of live music and clubs. Hotels here tend to be even more budget-friendly than in Florida, so it’s worth checking out.

3. South Padre Island, Texas

Looking for a Spring Break experience that is anything but tame? This is your destination. South Padre is small but mighty. The island is filled with tons of bars within walking distance and the hotels are very affordable. Most of the accommodations aren’t exactly 4-star but chances are good you won’t be in your room too much anyway.

4. Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

None of the above destinations require a passport, this one will. Costa Rica is completely gorgeous and if you love beach time, this is your nirvana. You can swim, whitewater raft, and enjoy zip lining. There’s still time to book a trip and keep the cost down on a round-trip ticket.

5. Ocho Rios, Jamaica

This is a great destination. Ocho Rios in Jamaica is a very busy port that numerous cruise lines use and it’s not hard to see why this is so. The water is clear, there are jungle mountain ranges and the beaches are pristine. Margaritaville is where the Spring Breakers head to. You can party hard or rent an ATV, horseback ride, or experience their whitewater rivers on a raft canoe or kayak. You will need a passport for entry.

6. St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Since this is a U.S. territory, you won’t need to worry about breaking out your passport. If you book your flight far enough in advance, you can usually score some great deals on travel to this destination where you will be able to enjoy affordable hotels, pristine beaches, and a jumping night life.

7. Cancun, Mexico

It wouldn’t be a list of Spring Break places without the original Mexican paradise destination, Cancun. There are nearly constant parties, bars, live music fests, and very affordable rooms. Shop around for round trip flights and you can probably snap up a great deal. Just pack your bathing suit, sunscreen and your passport and you’re set!

Texas Tower Passport and Visa is a Houston, Texas based company that expedites U.S. passports, travel visas, certified birth certificates and Apostille to make your travel plans go smoothly contact us at 713-874-1420.

How to Get Your Russian Visa for 2018 FIFA World Cup

It’s February and June 2018 is coming up fast. you need to plan ahead if you’re planning on attending to make sure you have a valid U.S passport and travel visa for Russia.

 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.

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!

Russia is moving up the ranks with a booming tourism industry. We recently did an article about 5 Things to Know About Traveling in Russia, and we covered many of the reasons Russia is becoming a great destination. The diversity of the cultures, the food, and the friendliness of the people. Not to mention the quality public transportation. It is amazingly easy to get around the cities.

The World Tourist Organization published their list of the top tourist destinations. Germany, China, Spain, U.S., and France still top the list. With Russia gaining a little more ground every year and already playing host to over 28-million tourists a year and that number is expected to continue to grow.

With the growing tourism industry, the country has created a number of venues. There are 23 UNESCO sites in the country. St. Petersburg continues to be the top drawing city with a huge number of interesting cultural and historical venues for visitors to enjoy.

You cannot purchase a visa once you arrive in Russia, you must have it in hand before you travel. If you are ready to hit the air and visit Russia, let us make the process of getting your passport and/or visa fast and easy. Then all you have to do is plan your trip!
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