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Did your passport expire sitting in your dresser drawer?
It’s easy to  renew your expired passport and we can walk you through the step steps to make it easy.

Before you begin, make sure the following situations apply :

  • Your most recent passport should be undamaged and submitted with your application for renewal.
  • Passport was issued when you were age 16 or older.
  • Passport was issued in the last 15 years.

We have put together an easy to follow list to get your passport renewed. Remember, the documents will need to be signed and mailed or FedExed to us as the Department of State will accept documents with original signatures only. You may no scan or email your passport documents.

Only adults may renew their passports, as children’s passports may not be renewed.

If you need to expedite your passport, in most cases we can help you get your passport as fast as 24 hours.  Talk to one of our agents about your situation, and we’ll get the process for the renewal of your passport started. See the necessary documents for passport renewal.

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Tanzania is one of the legendary African travel destinations. You can visit Zanzibar, see the Serengeti, visit Mt. Kilimanjaro, white sand beaches, and Olduvai Gorge, also known as the “Cradle of Humankind.”

 It also has more land devoted to game reserves and national parks than any other wildlife destination in the world.


The giraffe is the national animal. "Giraffes Arusha Tanzania" by Geir Kiste - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
The giraffe is the national animal. “Giraffes Arusha Tanzania” by Geir Kiste – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

 

Tanzania Travel Visa Specifics
United States citizens will need to present a travel visa for either business or tourism purposes. For either business or tourism the maximum stay is 30 days. A yellow fever vaccination isn’t required unless you’re entering from a known yellow fever country. However, the CDC does recommend getting vaccinated against malaria, yellow fever, and Hepatitis A as water and some food sources can be contaminated.

Need Help Getting Your Tanzania Visa?
We can expedite your Tanzania travel visa process and save you the legwork going to the consulate. This easy to follow process will tell you what paperwork you need and how to get the process started. Get started here : Tanzania Visa.

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Keep this post in the back of your mind and share with anyone you know that travels, finding out your passport has been stolen is a situation you need to know how to handle.

If Your Passport was Stolen in the United States
A stolen passport is the potential for identity theft and you need to take the steps to protect yourself if it happens to you. The first thing you need to do is contact the State Department at 877-487-2778, there will be an agent available to help you from 8AM until 10PM EST Monday through Friday. A report will be taken over the phone and your passport will be deactivated immediately. You will be given a confirmation number, make sure you keep it handy for the next step.

The next step is to file a police report. Refer to the confirmation number you were given from the State Department in your police report. Although, the majority of stolen passports are not recovered, it is important to file a police report also to protect yourself from liability in the case of identity theft.

Finally, you will need to get a new passport. We can walk through the process here and make the process fast and easy.

If Your Passport is Stolen Abroad
U.S. citizens that are traveling abroad and have their passports stolen will need to replace them before re-entering the United States. The State Department advises to contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, and report your passport as lost or stolen. If you are scheduled to leave the country in a short time, let the consular officer know so the process can be handled as fast as possible. Normally you will need to obtain a photo for your passport to be issued, and you will be directed to the closest place to get a new passport photo.

If you are notified by a friend or relative traveling in a foreign country that their passport has been stolen you can help them from the U.S. by contacting the Office of Overseas Citizens Services, U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C, at 1-888-407-4747. You can assist your friend or loved one in finding the nearest embassy or consulate to assist them.

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The Internet has made all aspects of travel more convenient. You can search for the best airfare, killer deals on hotels, and even begin the process of getting your passport or travel visa.

But what if you want to deal with a local company? Sometimes, you can increase your comfort level about doing business online  if you know the company has a local office you can go to if you wish. Our services are nationwide, but we have a local Houston, Texas office ready to serve you.

The U.S. passport office is currently running 7+ weeks for passport renewal, and because of the millions of passports expiring that were issued when the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative went into effect, the number of individuals renewing their passports is expected to only increase as the year goes on.
We can assist you for any of the following services:

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If you have any questions about your passport or visa, don’t hesitate to let us help you. Call 713-874-1420 during regular business hours or email to info@texastower.net and we’ll get right back with you.

Traveling to the beautiful country of Togo on business or pleasure? You will need a visa to enter the country, and one other thing: you must show proof of a yellow fever vaccination.

To Get Your Togo Visa for Business Travel
Your maximum stay is 30 days in Togo. You will need to also obtain three passport photos. You can obtain these through any local CVS, Rite-Aid, or Kinko’s/Fed Ex store for example. You will also need to complete the visa application for Togo and print three copies.

You will also need proof from your physician that you have had a recent vaccination of Yellow Fever. Your flight itinerary, and a letter from your company on company letterhead will be required in your visa package. We can help you if you need help drafting the letter to meet the requirements for travel to Togo.

Getting your Togo Travel Visa for Tourism
Just like with the business travel, you will need to provide three copies of the Togo visa application and three passport type photos. You will also need to proof of a recent vaccination for Yellow Fever. The last requirement will be to provide a copy of your flight itinerary.

Passport Requirements
For tourism or business travel to Togo, your passport must have an expiration date of 6-months beyond your trip completion date, and one blank visa page. If you need to renew your passport or add pages, just contact our offices, we can expedite the process for you.

Ready to get started on your Togo visa? Just visit our dedicated country page or call our offices with any questions.

Although Belarus is a relatively recent addition to the political map of the world, the history of the ex-U.S.S.R. country is very old. The country has been working to develop a tourism and corporate travel industry.

United States citizens visiting Belarus will need a travel visa to enter the country for either business or tourism purposes. The maximum stay on an entry visa is 30 days. The average processing time is 3-10 working days. If you need your visa processed faster than standard time service, we can expedite your travel visa to Belarus in just 1-2 working days.

Here’s an overview of how easy we can make the process. Just gather the requested documents and we do the rest!

Here is all you need to do :
– Fill out a Belarus Visa Application
– Submit a passport-type photograph
– Submit your physical passport with at least 6 months before expiration and at least one blank visa page
– Invitation from Belarus host
– Submit copy of flight itinerary
-Texas Tower order form
Business visas only: Company business letter

Gather those documents and submit to our office and we’ll do the rest and expedite your visa.

Curious what to see and do in Belarus? Here is a video from the Belarusian Ministry of Tourism.

As you can see there are a ton of sites and activities to explore in Belarus. If you have a trip scheduled to Belarus, let us take the hassle out of getting your travel visa. We also offer passport services, certified birth certificate, and document translation services. Contact our offices to get started : 713-874-1420.

If you’re planning a trip to Madagascar and you are a United States citizen, you will need a travel visa for entry to the country for both tourist or business purposes.

We can help expedite either type of visa request and save you a trip to the embassy. Here is an overview how the process works for both types of travel visas.

source: Wikipedia
source: Wikipedia

For a Madagascar business visa
The maximum stay on a business visa is 30 days. You will need to complete the visa application on the Madagascar visa page of our site. You will also need to provide a passport quality photo. Your physical passport will need to be submitted along with making sure the expiration date of your passport is more than 6 months beyond your travel completion date in Madagascar and there should be at least one blank visa page. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will need to provide either a green card or a copy of your current U.S. visa and I-94.

Your business visa application will require a copy of your flight itinerary and a company business letter. We can provide a sample letter. Last but not least, you will need to submit a completed TexasTower order form.

For a tourist travel visa to Madagascar
You will need the same application form, your passport will have the same requirements, and you will need your flight itinerary. The only thing tourists will not need is a business letter

If you need to get your travel visa for Madagascar, or have any questions, contact our offices today and get the information you need to make getting your travel docs for Madagascar fast and easy.

Tips for Getting Your China Visa FastKnowing the basics of getting your travel visa for China can make the process go a lot faster.

When to Apply
The timing of when you apply is an important part of getting your visa. You can start the application process within 90 days of your departure date, but no sooner.  Although we can validate any jurisdiction, there an extra $150 fee for processing applications outside of Houston.

No Showing Off Your Awesome Handwriting 
Also, the application for a China visa must be type-written. Although many embassies allow for handwritten visa applications, the Chinese Embassy isn’t one of them and any application not submitted in typed form will not be accepted.

Special Note for Individuals Born in China
If you were born in China, you will need to submit to us your Chinese passport or a copy of its personal information page, or your last foreign passport you received with a China travel visa. Your visa application may require that you submit renunciation papers.

Types of China Visas
There are two main types of travel visas. Business and tourist. The nature of your travel to China will depend on the type of visa you need to apply for.

Process for Getting a China Visa
There are just 4 easy steps to getting a visa for a trip to China.
1. Choose your type of visa.
2. Go to our China Visa page and complete the documents.
3. Ship completed paperwork to us with your payment
4. We make the trip to the embassy so you don’t have to.  The final thing to do is just wait for your visa to arrive in two to ten business days (dependent on the time service chosen).

 

In the present, all travelers need a valid U.S. passport to travel internationally, including your newborn. You have two choices, you can do the applying and paperwork submitting yourself or you can outsource the task to us. If you need the passport sooner than six to seven weeks, that’s where we can help you.

Here is how to obtain a passport for your baby through us.

First, make sure your departure date is at least three days from the day you apply.
There are a few documents we’re going to need. You will need documents with original signatures as the State Department requires it. As a result, email and faxed documents cannot be processed.
This process not only applies to newborns but also any child under the age of 15.

Step One: One completed and signed the passport application. This must be completed online at the Department of State (we can give you the link). Do not sign these forms.

Step Two: You will need to submit two passport type photos. You can take the photos yourself but there are strict requirements. Talk to us if you’re not sure.

Step Three: You will need to submit proof of identity in the form of a certified birth certificate. (We can assist you with obtaining this document).

Step Four – One copy of mother and father’s State issued ID. If both parents are not able to be present, there is a form we can give you a link for to fill out.

Step Five: Proof of departure, which can include a copy of airline tickets, company letter requesting expediting or a travel itinerary.

Step 6: Visit your local post office to have your documents witnessed, signed, and sealed. Then bring or Fed Ex the envelope to our office with payment and we can take your passport application to the finish line.

If you have any questions, our staff is happy to answer any questions you may have. Se Habla Espanol 713-874-1420.

libya visa houstonGetting your Libya visa to visit the country for either tourism or business travel can be very difficult for numerous reasons.

First and foremost the State Department has had strong warnings issued against travel for a few years, you can see the latest warnings on their Libya page. Other reasons include the unstable government, fighting factions, and civil unrest in various regions.

If you want to travel to Libya, there is no current guarantee your travel visa will be issued, however here are the steps necessary for both business and tourist visas:

To obtain your Libya Visa-Houston
Put together the following documents and bring or mail/Fed Ex them to our office:

♦Two completed Libya visa applications
♦Two passport type photos
♦Physical passport with 6 months validity beyond trip completion and one blank visa page
♦One copy of flight itinerary
♦Authorization from your host that was provided by the Libya ♦Ministry of Foreign Affairs
♦Business visas only: Company business letter – Generate one now and print on your company letterhead.
♦Tourist visa only: One copy of proof of vaccination for yellow fever
♦Texas Tower order form

  • We will make the trip to the consulate for you to obtain your visa.

If you are traveling to Libya, call our office at 713-874-1420 and we can help you determine if you should apply for a visa at this time. In the meantime, here is a great overview of Tripoli in 2018, a city that is recovering the fastest from the turmoil in the country.