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Paraguay is overlooked as a destination for tourists, but this jewel in South America has a lot to offer.

Getting to Paraguay
For entry to Paraguay, U.S. citizens will require both a valid passport and a visa. Both business and tourism visits require a visa for entry.

What to Do in Paraguay
If you’re visiting for pleasure – Paraguay lacks a lot of the standard tourist traps, and instead offers a lot of genuine, history and culture to explore.

There are national parks such as Parque Nacional Cerro Corá. Museums and galleries also abound such as the Museo del Barro and Estacion Ferrocarril. There is also a museum of natural history, Museo de Historia Natural located in Asuncion.

Take a helicopter tour over and around the breathtaking Iguassu Falls or just enjoy the music, drinks, and dancing around Asuncion. See more cities and things to do here at Lonely Planet.

It starts with making sure your travel docs are current and ready to go, contact us at 713-874-1420 today to discuss your next trip to Paraguay.

How to Get Your Tanzania Travel Visa
Tanzania is one of the top ten visas we process. Since it’s one we do often, we get a lot of questions regarding how the process works, and specific questions pertaining to Tanzania visas.  Here are some of the most common, see how many you already knew.

The form asked for the type of visa I am applying for to travel to Tanzania, what does that mean?
There are two types of travel visas and which one you choose depends on the nature of your travel to Tanzania. If you’re going for business, obviously choose a business-class visa for entry to the country. If you are going for tourism purposes, there’s your visa type.

Where do I find the Tanzania visa application online?
You will need to submit only one copy with your order for a visa. We have a link on our site located here.

How many passport photos will I need to submit with my Tanzania visa application?
You will need to submit two photos. If you want to take your own, we have a handy post on how to take your own passport photo with the requirements.

Do I have to include my current passport in my application for a Tanzania travel visa?
Yes, you will need to include your physical passport with 6 months validity beyond trip completion and one blank visa page.

I don’t have one blank visa page in my passport, what can I do?
As of January 2016, you can no longer add pages to your passport. You must also renew your passport if you need to add extra pages.

What is the maximum stay in Tanzania on a visa?
The maximum stay is 30 days.

My passport is from another country, can I still apply?
Most likely, Non-USA passport holders must provide a copy of green card or US Visa and I-94. Call our office at 713-874-1420, there’s an excellent chance we can help you get your visa to Tanzania.

My business travel visa is requiring a company letter, do you have a sample business letter so I get this right?
You can generate a properly formatted letter on our site, just print with your flight information and print on your company letterhead. You will find the business letter sample here.

What is the standard turnaround time for Texas Tower to process a Tanzania travel visa?
Standard time service is 8-10 days. If you require expedited service we can obtain your Tanzania visa in one day.

Hope that answered any questions you had about getting your Tanzania visa. If you have a question we haven’t covered, just contact our office at 713-874-1420 or just send your question to @txtpassportvisa on Twitter or Texas Tower on Facebook.

In the past few years, the U.S. lifted embargoes against Vietnam in an effort to completely normalize relations, this should continue to improve tourism to the region.

U.S. citizens require a travel visa to enter the country for either business and tourism. We can obtain your Vietnam visa for you in 8-10 business days or as fast as 1-2 days. Make sure your passport is in order, and start planning your trip!

Lonely Planet has a helpful page of tips for visiting Vietnam, including some of the

Duty limits:

  • 400 cigarettes
  • 1.5 litres of spirit
  • Large sums of foreign currency (US$5000 and greater) must be declared.

There have been a lot of tourism videos made, but this overview of Vietnam by drone is one of the best.

Just because you have a notary stamp on your documents doesn’t mean a foreign government will accept them as authentic for your travel visa, work visa or other reason.

That’s why sometimes you will need to have your documents stamped by an Apostille. We can authenticate your travel or work documents to meet the standards required.

The most common types of documents needing an Apostille are certificates of birth and death, marriage licenses, decrees of divorce. Other common types of documents are school transcripts and diplomas. Powers of attorney may also require an Apostille for validity outside the United States.

Find out more here about Apostilles in Houston and get a free quote

Chad is a landlocked country in the middle of Africa. It has been working on building up its tourism industry, but amenities for travelers and luxury accommodations are not the norm for many places in this country. There are however beautiful destinations within Chad to explore.

Our Houston office can expedite your travel visa for a journey to Chad. The maximum stay for a U.S. citizen on a Chad visa is 30 days. Visas may not be obtained on arrival and normal processing time for Chad visas runs anywhere from two to seven days.

REQUIREMENTS FOR CHAD VISAS:
Three completed Chad visa applications
Three passport type photos
One copy of proof of vaccination for yellow fever
Physical passport with 6 months validity beyond trip completion and one blank visa page
One copy of flight itinerary
A letter of invitation from Chad
Texas Tower Order Form

Business Visas Only:
Company business letter – Generate one now and print on your company letterhead.

Outsourcing the task of obtaining your travel visa to Chad gives you time to plan your trip and let us put together the paperwork and make the trip to the embassy for you. If you have any questions, our experienced Houston staff is happy to help you. Get started on your Chad visa here.

Need Your Passport Fast for a Business Conference in Taiwan-Taiwan is a hot destination for
business conferences, particularly in the oil and gas and IT industries. It’s not an unusual situation to realize at the last minute you need to renew your passport. Remember, if there are less than six months left until the expiration, you need to renew.

All you need to do is fill out the passport paperwork and our Houston office can do the rest.
American citizens do not require a travel visa for business or personal travel to the country of Taiwan.

However, your nationality may require a travel visa. Fortunately, we can help you.

Our visa services include making an appointment for the consulate or embassy so you don’t have to. We will also get any necessary travel documents certified and translated as needed.

Taiwan FlagCall us at (713) 874-1420, a Houston staff member can help you get started expediting your US passport or answer any questions you have regarding the travel documents you may need for travel to Taiwan.

Our office in Houston, Texas processes travel visas for travelers going to Ghana frequently. Travelers that are visiting for either business or tourism will require a visa for entry into the county and the maximum stay on a visa is 30 days. Here are the requirements for both visa types.

  • For Business Travelers to Ghana:
    We can expedite your travel visa just get the following:
  • Two completed Ghana visa applications (available on our Ghana visa page)
  • Two passport-type photos.
  • Physical U.S. passport with more than six months left before the expiration date and one blank visa page.
  • One copy of your flight itinerary.
  • An invitation from a host in Ghana is required.
  • Company business letter, if you need to know the requirements the letter must meet, just ask. We can help you.
  • And finally, a copy of the Texas Tower order form.

For Tourists traveling to Ghana, the requirements are less stringent than for business travelers.

  • You will need two passport-type photographs.
  • You will also need two completed applications for a Ghana visa.
  • Physical U.S. passport with the same requirements for expiration date and blank visa page.
  • A copy of your flight itinerary and a Texas Tower order form.

When you outsource the acquisition of your travel visa to us, we make the trip to the embassy for you. Please note the Ghana embassy is closed on Fridays, so if you have last minute travel plans, take that into consideration.

Ready to get started? Just go to our Ghana Visa page and if you have any questions, call our  Houston office at 713-874-1420, we’ll be glad to assist you.

Take a deep breath, this situation is fixable. Our experienced staff in Houston can assist you with every step of the process if your US passport is lost or stolen.

First, report it.
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)

Second, replace it.
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 can assist you with this or 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 here) to:
Texas Tower Passports & Visas
2020 Montrose Blvd. Suite 400
Houston, TX 77006
Phone (713) 874-1420

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

While you’re planning your trip to Uganda, let us take care of obtaining your visa for entry to the country. Our Houston office can expedite your travel documents as fast as you need them.

If you’re looking to obtain an E-Visa for Uganda entry, talk to us – we can assist you in obtaining that too.

The process is slightly different for business-class visas and tourist visas, we can obtain either one for you.

Uganda Visa Requirements

  • Two completed applications for a visa (available from us)
  • Two passport photos
  • Your current US passport
  • One copy of your flight itinerary
  • Texas Tower Order Form

Business visas only:
Company business letter (we can provide a sample)

We can translate any documents you require. Also, travelers from the United States entering Uganda will need proof of a Yellow Fever vaccination. If you aren’t sure what you need to meet that requirement, contact our Houston office at 713-874-1420 and we’ll be glad to help you.

Get started at Uganda Travel Visa.

Some people feel that one spouse assuming the other’s last name is an old-fashioned and outdated tradition. There are others that want to keep the tradition alive and change their names after saying, “I do.”
Once you make the decision to change your name legally, all your identification documents should match, including your US passport. There is a specific process for changing your name to your new married name.

We put together some tips to make the process even easier if you choose to take your spouse’s name.  We have assisted newlyweds for over 20 years in our Houston office with getting their US  passports re-issued with their new name, and we can help you.

Change your name soon after your marriage.
Many states have time limits for a name change, make sure you know the time allotted in your home state.

Getting a new social security card is simple. Just either take two forms of identification along with a certified copy of your marriage license to your local Social Security office. You can also do it by mail, but you’ll probably want to get a duplicate copy of your marriage license to mail in.

Changing your driver’s license is easy to accomplish. Just make an appearance at your local Department of Motor Vehicles with your certified copy of your marriage license. You will be able to get a new, updated license with your new name on it the same day in most locales.

name changeNow,  let’s talk passport. If you need to change your name, you’re going to need to reapply for your passport. Remember, your travel documents must match your identification or it will put the brakes on your travel.  The TSA will not accept a marriage certificate as proof of a name change.
Normal turnaround time can be four to six weeks, however, you can obtain your passport in far less time, 24-hours if necessary.
Here are the documents you need to get started:

  • One completed application for US passport renewal
  • Two passport photographs
  • Authorization for Texas Tower to act on your behalf
  • Your current US passport (this will be returned)
  • Flight itinerary or rush request
  • Original or certified copy of your marriage certificate

Once you get those documents together – we can do the rest for you!

Another sometimes overlooked area is something you’re probably in at least once a day.  You’ll need to update your name will be your email. This can usually be accomplished in a short and sweet email to everyone on your contact list about your status change.

Update your bank in person, as each financial institution has their own set of guidelines, ask what they need from you to verify the name change ahead of your appointment. Most major credit cards will have a form to fill out and send in with copies of your proof of name change.  Memberships and loyalty programs are other good accounts to remember to update. They usually have basically the same requirements as updating your credit cards.

Those are just the basics for getting your name changed! If you’re a newly wedded, congrats! If you have any questions about your passport and visa for your honeymoon travel, just contact us!

Want to get started on your name change right now? Visit our dedicated US passport name change page. Get more tips and information for all your travel and personal documents on our Facebook page.

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