With all states given the reprieve 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.

Your 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.

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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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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 with 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.

Holiday hours: We will be closed Thursday, November 22, 2018, in observance of Thanksgiving and open for regular hours Friday and Saturday to assist you with your travel document needs.

With the expiration dates of U.S. passports issued under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, the lines are getting longer at the passport office.

When you want to travel outside the U.S. for the holidays, you will need your U.S. passport for entry into most countries and re-entry to the United States.

Here’s how easy renewing your passport is through us.   First, make sure you qualify to renew your U.S. passport. Your current passport should be undamaged and submitted with your renewal application.

You should be 16 or older and your passport should have been issued within the past 15 years. If you don’t meet these requirements, talk to us at 713-874-1420 and we can help you!

Our step-by-step instructions make it easy to renew your passport. We can also process for every member of the family – including newborns.

Get started here and don’t let your holiday travel get delayed due to an expired passport!

Malawi is a landlocked country in Africa, that has a lot to offer tourists. United States citizens do not require a visa for entry, just make sure your passport is current.

If you need help with that we can help expedite your passport. Your nationality may require a visa for entry to Malawi, if you are unsure, just contact our offices, we’ll be glad to help you. If you are wondering what to do in Malawi, here are the top 5 things to do and see and Malawi.

1. Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve
This destination has come a long way. Once it was left to the poachers due to lack of funding. In 2010 the reserve received funds from the World Bank to the tune of $850,000 and was able to fund restoration of the area to encourage tourism and conservation of the wildlife. Tourists can see crocodiles at the Bua River, and it is not unusual to see elephants crossing the river. Antelopes, baboons, and leopards are also common sites. Tourists may also go salmon fishing.

2. Cape Maclear
Want something low-key and relaxing? Spend some time in Cape Maclear. Around a bay filled with blue water that is great for fishing, boating, snorkeling, hiking, or diving. Nighttime brings music in the streets and dining from street food to fine French cuisine.

3. Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve
A little off the beaten path for tourists, but this will be your absolute, best chance to see elephants. The best time to see them is to visit between July and September. It is not unusual to have bull elephants come in and munch on nuts around the restaurant. The birdwatching is also prime at this reserve.

4. Likoma Island
Likoma Island is located on the Mozambican side of Lake Malawi but are still considered part of Malawi. The island is 17 sq km and has a population of around 6000 people. The atmosphere is relaxing and tourists can enjoy the
view. The pristine beaches offer days in the sun on the water’s edge as well as many things to do. For a taste of the food the locals enjoy, check out the Hunger Clinic for a taste of Malawi cuisine, or choose a favorite you know like fish and chips.

5. Hiking Mt. Mulanje
Mt Mulanje is an adventure not to miss. It has a steep rise from the plains and has nearly vertical cliffs rising over 3200-feet. There are also several places where rivers run off creating magnificent waterfalls to view. There are clear paths for hiking up the mountain, many huts to stop by, and exquisite scenery all the way. The mountain streams are safe for drinking from and swimming holes are designated for a quick cool off from a day of hiking. All hikers need to register with the Likhubula Forest Station before exploring the mountain.

Those are just 5 of the fun destinations you can find in Malawi. There are so many more enjoyable activities and places to explore in this exotic land.

 

We process passport and travel documents for individuals and corporations all over the United States. We also process travel visas and eVisas for U.S. citizens to use for entry to their country or countries of destination. Here’s a collection of some of the most common questions we get about visas.

1. Do I need a visa to visit every country in the world?
Nope! Here’s a handy map that will give you a fast overview of where you need a visa for entry and where you don’t.
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2. Is it true U.S. visitors entering Afghanistan are photographed on entry?
No,  but visitors entering the country are fingerprinted.

3. I was told that Azerbaijan does not issue visas to people of Armenian ancestry. 
That is among the guidelines from the Azerbaijan government. They also will only issue a 30-day visa if arriving in Azerbaijan on Azerbaijan Airlines from a departure in the State of New York.

4. I read about a temporary visa waiver by Brazil, when does that take place? 
Temporary visa waiver, for a stay up to 90 days, will be in place in 2016 between June 1 and September 18, just before and after the Summer 2016 Olympics and ParaOlympics.

5. What is required for traveling to Ghana?
One of the main things you need to have is an International Certificate of Vaccination required. To see the full list of what is required to travel to Ghana, visit our dedicated Ghana Visa page.

6. Is there a URL at the Department of State I can look up information about various countries?
Yes. You’re welcome to contact our office or you can look up information at the Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs.

7. I was told that I don’t need a visa to visit Russia now, is that accurate?
Not entirely. The 72-hour visa-free entry for international cruise ship/ferry passengers only. The requirements are very specific. You must be travelling with an organized tour and accompanied at all times by a tour operator.
American citizens may receive multiple entry visas valid for three years.

And there you have it. If you have a visa or passport related question, just send it to @txtpassportvisa on Twitter or Texas Tower on Facebook.

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You don’t have to be at the mercy of other people, the public transportation system, or taxis when you travel internationally. If you have a valid U.S. driver’s license and you are over 18-years of age, you just qualified for an International Driver’s License.

Why get an International Driving Permit?
If you want to be in command of your own time when you travel, the best way is to get an international driving permit and see your destination country on your own schedule.

I have a driver’s license here in the U.S., can’t I just use that to rent a car overseas?
Your state issued driver’s license in the United States won’t be recognized as a valid instrument for operating a vehicle in another country. That’s where an International Driving Permit (IDP) comes in.

Where do I take the driver’s test?
There is no special test required to obtain an IDP. You will need to be a legally licensed driver in the United States. Most foreign governments will allow you to legally operate a vehicle in their country.

I’m 19 and a licensed driver, can I get an International Driver’s License?
Yes! The minimum age to get an IDP is 18 years of age.

How long is an IDP good for after issuance?
An IDP is good for one year from the issue date.

How can I check to see if the country I am traveling to will allow me to use an IDP?
If you aren’t sure that you’ll be able to use an IDP during your travels, contact our office and we can give you the latest information on the validity of using an IDP in the country or countries you plan on traveling to. Just call 713-874-1420 during regular business hours or reach out to us at Twitter or Facebook.

What does an International Driving License look like?
Here’s one example:
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Is it possible to apply online for an International Driver’s License?
Yes, the process is easy. Just fill out our order form, and we’ll do the rest for you.

Those are some of the most common questions for International Driving Permits. Got a question we didn’t answer? Just ask!

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 are 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

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 definite 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 offseason 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.

Thank you for your service Veterans!

Today, Veteran’s Day is observed. The Post Office is closed and no mail will be delivered, however, Fed Ex and UPS will be delivering on their regular schedule according to their website.

USA Today put together a killer list of deals and freebies for Veterans available today:

Monday freebies and discounts

Another Broken Egg Café: Free Patriot French Toast Combo and coffee Monday.

Benihana: Free appetizer with purchase of an entree Monday.

Ben’s Soft Pretzel: Free regular Jumbo Soft Pretzel 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.

Bertucci’s: Free small cheese pizza Sunday and Monday.

Black Angus SteakhouseSpecial top sirloin steak meal for $9.99 Monday.

Boston MarketBuy one individual meal and a drink, get one individual meal free with a coupon posted at www.bostonmarket.com Sunday or Monday. This deal is not only for veterans.

Bruegger’s BagelsFree drip coffee Monday.

Burgerim: 50 percent off Monday.

Chicken Salad Chick: Free Chick Special and regular drink to veterans and active-duty military Monday.

Claim Jumper: Free meal Monday.

Corner Bakery CafeFree “Choose 2” meal Sunday with military ID.

Country KitchenFree Country Scramble Monday at participating locations.

Country Pride: Free meal and beverage from a select menu Monday.

Creamistry: 50 percent off any single item Sunday and Monday.

Denny’sFrom 5 a.m. to noon Monday, active, inactive and retired military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam at participating locations.

Famous Dave’s: Free two-meat lunch combo Sunday and Monday for veterans or active military with valid identification.

Farmer Boys: Free Big Cheese cheeseburgers Monday.

Fatz Southern Kitchen: Free World Famous Calabash Chicken Basket Monday. Plus, in November active military and veterans get 25 percent off entrees.

Gigi’s CupcakesFree cupcake Monday for to veterans and first responders.

Golden Corral: Free dinner buffet with a beverage from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday to any person who is serving or has served in a United States Military branch, including the National Guard and Reserves.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria15 percent off Sunday and Monday. Not valid in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

HMSHostFree Budweiser BBQ Cheddar Burger at participating HMSHost-operated airport restaurants Monday.

Hopdoddy Burger BarEvery location will give 50 percent off to veterans, active military and their guests Monday.

Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea HouseFree salad bar and dessert 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday. Or buy a meal and add on the salad bar for free.

Huddle HouseFree order of Sweet Cakes through Monday.

Hy-VeeFree breakfast Monday.

IHOPFree Red, White and blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday or a free patriotic pancake combo offer varies by location.

Country Pride: Free meal and beverage from a select menu Monday.

Metro Diner20 percent off Monday.

Pilot Flying J: Saturday through Monday, there will be a coupon on the myPilot app for a free Pilot Coffee with choice of a fresh breakfast sandwich, packaged pastry item or a Cinnamon Center of the Roll. This deal is open to all.

Ponderosa and Bonanaza SteakhousesVeterans can choose a free buffet and beverage or 50 percent off a menu item. Some locations will honor veterans Sunday and other locations on Monday so check with your closest location.

Potbelly Sandwich ShopFree cookie with any purchase Monday.

Ovation Brands: Free buffet and bottled water at Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s, HomeTown Buffet and Country Buffet and Furr’s Fresh Buffet Monday.

Red LobsterFree appetizer or dessert Sunday and Monday.

Rock Bottom Restaurants & Breweries: Vets eat free Saturday through Monday. Plus, each brewery will be brewing a limited-edition Veterans Day IPA and Saturday through Nov. 17, 25 cents from every pint will go to a local veterans charity.

Rock & Brews RestaurantsFree meal from the select menu for veterans, active military and first responders Monday.

Shoney’sFree All-You-Care-To-Eat breakfast bar 6 to 11 a.m. Monday.

Sonny’s BBQ: Free pulled or sliced pork big deal combo for veterans and active duty military Monday. Dine-in only.

Texas de Brazil: Two veterans dine for free plus 20 percent off for up to six additional guests on Sunday and Monday.

Twin Peaks: Free meal from a special menu 11 a.m. to midnight Monday.

White CastleFree combo meal for veterans and active military members who dine in or go through the drive-thru Sunday and Monday.

Zaxby’sFree chicken fillet sandwich Monday at more than 600 locations.

Other Monday freebies

Cinemark: Free tickets Monday to veterans, active-duty and their spouses for Universal Pictures’ movie First Man at more than 60 locations nationwide.

Hair ClubFree haircuts to veterans and active military personnel in honor of Veterans Day for the month of November. Also get half price off select hair restoration solutions through Nov. 30, an offer also available to first responders.

 

India

Individuals planning a trip to India will find along with your passport, you need a travel visa for entry to the country. There are business and tourist class travel visas required, depending on the nature of your trip.  Here are some common questions about getting your visa to India.

Can Texas Tower process visas in all jurisdictions?
Yes! However if you are within the jurisdiction of Houston, we do charge an extra fee. You can read more about that here.

What is the average processing time for an Indian visa?
You will need to allow 10-business-days once the application has been submitted by us.  Some applications can take 3 weeks to process.

Chittorgarh-Fort1Is there a way to get rush service?
Due to the detailed nature of the visa process, there is no rush service available. The standards for acquiring a travel visa from the Embassy are very exacting and something as small as the signature on your passport not matching the signature on your visa application exactly can result in your visa application being denied.

May I get the visa upon arrival in India?
Although many countries let you obtain your visa upon arrival, India currently does not.

I was born in India, can you process my travel visa require for India?
Unfortunately, we may not be able to help you. You will most likely need to apply at the Embassy in person if you born in India, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka.

What will I need for a travel visa to India for business?
Here is everything you will need, including links to forms.
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What documents do I need to get a tourist travel visa for India?
Just like the business visa for India, we have put together a handy list for everything you need to make application for your visa a breeze.
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If you have a question about getting your passport or visa to India, call our office at 713-874-1420 or  just send your question to @txtpassportvisa on Twitter or Texas Tower on Facebook.

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Liberia is a beautiful coastal country.  The following are some of the most common questions asked about traveling to Liberia.

What types of travel visas are necessary for United States citizens traveling to Liberia?
Visas for either tourism and business-type travel are required to enter the country.

Where can I find out the latest travel warnings for Liberia?
The best place to find up-to-date information regarding any travel warnings issued for Liberia is the U.S. Department of State located here.

What documents do I need to provide to Texas Tower to get a Liberian travel visa?
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Yes, you will need to be able to show proof of a recent vaccination for Yellow Fever.

How many blank visa pages are needed?
Liberia will require one blank visa page to stamp on entry. If you need to add pages, it will now require renewing your passport.

If you have any questions about traveling to Liberia or need help obtaining your travel visa, talk to us at 713-874-1420. Our staff is ready to assist you.