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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.

Culture Tour Spotlight- Ghana (1)Instead of hitting the night spots, restaurants, and tourist traps around Accra and other Ghana cities, consider making at least one day a historical or cultural tour. Learning the history of a country is a great way to get to know the people and traditions.

Independence Square, Accra, Ghana photo credit: Rjruiziii
Independence Square, Accra, Ghana photo credit: Rjruiziii

One historical site to see in Accra is found at Independence Square (also known as Black Star Square), home of Independence Arch and the Flame of African Liberation where Dr. Nkrumah declared the independence of Ghana. Located nearby is the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial, the mausoleum of Ghana’s ͅfirst President. See items donated by the estate of Dr. Nkrumah as well as books he authored.

Okomfo Anokye's Sword
Okomfo Anokye’s Sword

Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Kingdom of Gold is another must-see. First, check out Manhiya Palace. The palace was built by the British in 1925 to receive Asantehene (ruler of the Ashanti people) Prempeh I when he returned from exile in the Seychelles to resume residence in Kumasi. This palace was actively used by Ashanti kings until 1974. It is now a museum of the Ashanti Kingdom. Nearby is a sword of legend, the Okomfo Anokye Sword. This sword marks the spot the Golden Stool descended from the sky and has been in place for three centuries. The legend says if the sword is removed, the Ashanti Kingdom will collapse.

Door of No Return
Door of No Return

Ghana was part of the journey for many captured Africans who were sold into the slave trade. Only now are they being honored. At Assin Manso, a burial site for two former slaves who died in the U.S. and Jamaica but were re-interred in August 1998 during Ghana’s first Emancipation Day Celebration. Also nearby is “Slave River” where captured Africans were washed before being confined in the Slave Castles to away shipment to the Caribbean and Americas.
One of these holding areas is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, named Cape Coast Castle. You can see a slave castle that is still standing and this particular castle has the door nicknamed “Door of No Return” where slaves left but no one came back.

Kakum Canopy Walkway
Kakum Canopy Walkway

Take in a walking tour at Kakum National Park where you can learn how our ancestors lived in this area. Kakum has Africa’s only aerial walkway trough a tree canopy. The walkway is 1000 feet in length and has a 7-bridge walkway with viewing platforms that are 150-feet above the forest floor. See birds, butter͆ies, and see some of the 40 different species of mammals that reside in this forest, including the shy forest elephant.

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TT-impossible (2)Having some of the best national parks and game reserves, as well as the tallest mountain in Africa are just a few of the reasons Tanzania is a popular destination for tourists. Once you have your passport ready and your travel visa in hand, you’re ready to go! If you’re curious about what there is to do during your visit, here’s a rough and ready list of 5 fun things to do in Tanzania.

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Explore Mount Kilimanjaro
The mountain is a definite item to check off your bucket list. Standing 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) above sea level, this dormant volcano attracts a steady stream of climbers from all over the world to the three peaks: Shira, Kibo, and Mawnezi. For the most extreme climbers, the Uhuru peak on the Kibo crater rim is the highest point to conquer. There are hiking tours available around the lower levels of Kilimanjaro. If you have travelers in your group that aren’t
feeling the climb, the natural park that surrounds Kilimanjaro is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that will have more than a day’s worth of interesting sights to see.

image credit: Serengeti Hot Air Balloon Ride - Serengeti National Park - Tanzania, Africa | by David
image credit: Serengeti Hot Air Balloon Ride – Serengeti National Park – Tanzania, Africa | by David

See the Serengeti When You Safari from Above
Speaking of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this one is made up of 1.5 hectares of savannah and has a host of diverse wildlife to view. This is the oldest and most popular national park within Tanzania. View Thomson’s gazelle, wildebeest, and zebra in huge numbers. Around these herds you will usually find big cats hiding around the edges of the grasslands. All of this seen not by noisy airplane which disturbs the wildlife, but in a quiet hot-air balloon floating over the savannah. These balloons have a carry capacity of 16 people and they often start the safari with a champagne breakfast in the bush.

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Check out the Ngorongoro Crater
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area sees humans living along side wildlife in this area. The crater was formed when a volcano explored before collapsing inward on itself forming the caldera you see today. Over 25,000 animals call this area home including rhinos, buffalo, lions, and wildebeests.

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Hit the Beach in Zanzibar
The island of Zanzibar is a great place to spend time winding down after the excitement of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or enjoying a safari on land or the air. The east coast has beautiful white sand beaches. If you’re looking for all-day swimming fun, check out the northwest coat where the non-tidal beaches are found between Nungwoi and Kendwai. The northwest island of Mnemba has a reputation for being one of the best beaches found in Zanzibar.

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Dive into History in Zanzibar
When you’re enjoying the beaches, remember to schedule time to see Stone Town. This is a Swahili trading town. Many historical sites from a time when it was a major hub for explorers, spice traders and Sultans all converging on the area.

Those are just five great places to enjoy when you visit Tanzania. What is your favorite place to see there?

How to Change Your Name on Your Passport to Your Married NameJune is often thought of as the month to get married, with that in mind, we’re going to show you how easy it can be to change your name after your wedding.  Many 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 do so.

The good news is there are no wrong answers, whatever a couple mutually decides regarding keeping former names or assuming spousal names, is fine.  We put together some tips to make the process even easier if you choose to take your spouse’s name.

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 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:
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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!

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conferencethailandThailand is becoming a hub for IT and engineering conferences. In the month of May, there are several engineering conferences in Chiang Mai and Bangkok.

To enter Thailand, you will need a visa.
The maximum stay for a Thai visa is 30 days. You can let us do the legwork for you. Just visit our Thailand Visa page, get together the paperwork and we’ll do the rest for you, so all you have to do is plan to have a good time at the conference in Thailand.  Get started here.

Curious what events are happening in July?
Here’s a list from
July 2017
2nd 2nd GEN TEFL International Conference Bangkok, Thailand

2nd 3rd International Conference on Systems in Technology, Applied Sciences and Engineering Management (STAEM-July-2017) Bangkok, Thailand

3rd International Conference On Advances In Engineering Sciences: Thailand 2017 Phuket, Thailand

3rd International Conference on Thermal and Fluid Engineering Conference: Thailand 2017 Phuket, Thailand

PHC 2017 – 4th Annual Public Health Conference Bangkok, Thailand

5th 8th International Research Conference on Science, Management and Engineering 2017 (IRCSME 2017) Bangkok, Thailand

The 13th International Conference on Computing and Information Technology (IC2IT 2017) Bangkok, Thailand

6th 2nd International Research Conference on Science, Technology and Management 2017 (IRCSTM 2017) Bangkok, Thailand

7th 10th International Conference on Modern Trends in Science, Engineering and Technology 2017 (ICMTSET 2017) Bangkok, Thailand

7th 8th International Conference on Engineering, Science, Business and Management 2017 (ICESBM 2017) Bangkok, Thailand

8th 3rd International Conference On Management Economics and Social Sciences Pattaya, Thailand

8th 3rd International Conference On Structural Architectural and Civil Engineering Pattaya, Thailand

8th 3rd International Conference On Computer Networks and Information Technology Pattaya, Thailand

8th 3rd International Conference On Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Automation Pattaya, Thailand

8th 2nd International Conference on Computer Communication and Computational Sciences Phuket, Thailand

9th International Conference on Management (ICM) Bangkok, Thailand

RDC 2017 – Rural Development Conference 2017 Bangkok, Thailand

8th International Conference on Recent Trends in Science, Engineering and Technology (RTSET– 2017– PATTAYA) July 10-11, 2017 Pattaya, Thailand

PATTAYA 7th International Conference on Chemical, Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Sciences (CABES-17) Pattaya, Thailand

10th 4th International Conference on Systems in Technology, Applied Sciences and Engineering Management (STAEM-July-2017) Bangkok, Thailand

10th 7th International Conference on Science, Management, Engineering and Technology 2017 (ICSMET 2017) Phuket, Thailand

PATTAYA – THAILAND 4th International Research Conference on Arts, Literature, Humanities and Sociology (RALHS–2017) July 10-11, 2017 Pattaya, Thailand

6th International Conference on Studies in Education, Economics, Business, and Law (SEEBL-17) July 10-11, 2017 Pattaya (Thailand) Pattaya, Thailand

7th International Conference on Disaster Management, Architecture, Civil and Environmental Sciences (DACES-17- BANGKOK) Bangkok, Thailand

BANGKOK – THAILAND 4th International Conference on Business, Law, Education and Corporate Social Responsibilities (BLECSR-17) July 11-12, 2017 Bangkok, Thailand

5th International Conference on Food, Chemical, Biological and Healthcare Sciences (FCBHS-17) July 11-12, 2017 Bangkok (Thailand) Bangkok, Thailand

11th 4th International Conference on Management, Business, Economics and Education 2017 (ICMBEE 2017) Phuket, Thailand

International Conference on Literature, History, Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies (LHHISS-17) July 11-12, 2017 Bangkok (Thailand) Bangkok, Thailand

9th International Conference on Advances in Science, Engineering and Technology (ASET-17) July 11-12, 2017 BANGKOK – THAILAND Bangkok, Thailand

12th the 2nd International STEM Education Conference (iSTEM-Ed 2017) Chiang Mai, Thailand

13th 4th International Conference on Networking and Computer Application Bangkok, Thailand

13th 4th International Conference on E-Learning Engineering and Computer Softwares Bangkok, Thailand

13th National Human Rights Institutions in Southeast Asia: Challenges of Protection Bangkok, Thailand

13th 4th International Conference on Buisness Finance and Management Bangkok, Thailand

13th 4th International Conference on Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Bangkok, Thailand

SDC 2017 – 5th Annual Sustainable Development Conference Bangkok, Thailand

13th 4th International Conference on Civil and Architectural Engineering Bangkok, Thailand

ICSHER 2017 – International Conference on Sexuality: Health, Education and Rights Bangkok, Thailand

17th International Conference in Number Theory and Applications 2017 (ICNA2017) Bangkok, Thailand

18th 17th International Conference on Social Science & Humanities (ICSSH), 18-19 July 2017, Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok, Thailand

18th 14th International Conference on Business Management & Legal Studies (ICBMLS), 18-19 July 2017, Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok, Thailand

18th International Conference On Science Technology and Business Academic Research Innovation 2017 (IC-SABAI 2017) Phuket, Thailand

19th 2nd International Conference On Knowledge Management In Development Of Social And Management Science Discipline(KMDSM-June-2017) Bangkok, Thailand

19th 2nd International Conference On Knowledge Management In Development Of Social And Management Science Discipline(KMDSM-July-2017) Bangkok, Thailand

19th 4th International Conference on Security Studies Bangkok, Thailand

19th 18th International Conference on Teaching, Education & Learning (ICTEL), 19-20 July 2017, Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok, Thailand

20th 17th International Conference on Linguistics & Language Research (ICLLR), 20-21 July 2017, Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok, Thailand

20th 17th International Conference on Psychology & Behavioural Sciences (ICPBS), 20-21 July 2017, Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok, Thailand

20th Universal Academic Cluster International July Conference in Bangkok Bangkok, Thailand

21st AU Conference 2017: International Conference on Entrepreneurship and Sustainability in the Digital Era Bangkok, Thailand

21st 17th International Conference on Envirotech, Cleantech & Greentech (ECG), 21-22 July 2017, Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok, Thailand

21st 17th International Conference on Researches in Science & Technology (ICRST), 21-22 July 2017, Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok, Thailand

22nd 17th International Conference on Healthcare & Life-Science Research (ICHLSR), 22-23 July 2017, Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok, Thailand

22nd 17th International Conference on Nursing & Midwifery (ICNM), 22-23 July 2017, Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok, Thailand

25th The 8th International Graduate Students Conference on Population and Public Health Sciences (IGSCPP) Bangkok, Thailand

25th ELLTA 2017: Sharpening Focus on Research Collaborations and Publications Bangkok, Thailand

4th International Academic ELLTA Conference Bangkok, Thailand

26th The 4th Ratchasuda International Conference on Disability 2017 “Innovation Towards Accessibility for All” Bangkok, Thailand

THE WAY TO HAPPINESS The Seventh World Youth Buddhist Symposium Chiang Mai, Thailand

5 Hot Travel Destinations for 2017Summer travel season is heating up and we put together five destinations that are proving to be popular this year.

Angra dos Reis, Brazil
In 2016, Brazil hosted the Summer Olympics and the influx of people visiting for the games turned into travel into outlying cities. The tourism board of Brazil is hoping to bring back the waiver to encourage another boom in tourism. A place well worth checking out is Angra dos Reis. This popular destination is where many of the country’s elite go to escape the crowds and own beach villas in the area. There are plans to open a 54-suite luxury hotel in the area as well as a golf course, more restaurants, and a marina.

Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade has been steadily growing since the end of the Yugoslav wars. The areas once covered in damage from fighting and graffiti has become restaurants and bars. The nightlife is vibrant and there are numerous night markets to take advantage of the local street foods. One of the biggest draws for tourists is the growing craft-beer brewing that has been showing no signs of slowing down.

Bermuda hasn’t been on any travel lists for a few years due to a financial crisis that left their tourism in a stagnant state. Bermuda has been shaking off the dive their tourism industry took and has been working on rebuilding and attracting travelers back to their island nation. Along with an improved economy, Bermuda is performing a 100-million dollar overhaul of the Hamilton Princess and Beach Club, the islands 132-year old grand attraction for guests to stay in. Other luxury hotels are also getting modern makeovers to ensure the tourist industry gets back on its feet and stays strong.

Cambodian Coast
Want to do something off the beaten path that is also beautiful?
Cambodia has some of Southeast Asia’s most intriguing islands to visit, but getting to them has been difficult involving hours of travel. Now direct flights are being arranged from Ho Chi Minh City. Luxury spas are among the jewels you can find on Krabey Island and on Koh Russey, you can dine on traditional Khmer cuisine.

Guayaquil, Ecuador
Many travelers go through Guayaquil on their way to the Galápagos, but it is worth exploring on its own. New luxury hotels have opened to entice travelers to stay a little longer and enjoy what this country has to offer. There is also a wildlife sanctuary set on a former cacao plantation. The capital city has been modernized with playgrounds, galleries, museums, gardens, and even a Ferris wheel.

It’s early in the summer travel season, search around at sites like Kayak for deals on international travel fares. For many of these destinations you will need a valid passport only, no travel visa required. If you aren’t sure, talk to us and we can tell you what documentation you’ll need for your destination country.

What You Need to Know Before Applying for Your Ghana Travel VisaPlanning a trip outside the U.S.? Did you know that makes you part of around five percent of Americans who travel internationally each year? If you’re a first time traveler overseas, we have some tips to make it easier.

Tip #1 – You will need a passport.
Actually all signs point to travelers within the United States needing a passport by 2020, but you’re traveling outside the United States now and you will need a passport to exit and enter the U.S. when you return. You will also need to show a certified copy of your birth certificate to obtain your passport. Outsource the task of getting a passport and spend your time planning your trip and deciding if you really need to include that 15th pair of shoes. Once you get your passport, it will be good for ten years. When you get your passport photo taken, get a few extra copies. Sometimes random countries will ask you for one at the border or you might need one for a visa (more on visas in a moment).

Tip #2 – Will You Need a Travel Visa?
Not every country requires a travel visa for entry. This is where the process gets extra fun, every country has their own rules, regulations, and process for obtaining a visa for entry. It also usually requires a trip to the consulate or embassy. This is a good task to outsource.

#3 Research Your Destination
In many countries, people in the cities do not drive at all. Public transportation, taxis, private buses, ride-sharing and other ways to get around make even renting a car unnecessary for a lot of destinations. Look up where you’re going and learn the basic customs, hot spots, places to avoid, and whether a Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended to avoid getting sick from the food or water.
Tip #4 Where To Stay
A hotel isn’t your only option. Check out or to get in a local’s home and really get a feel for the place you’re visiting (maybe even make some new friends) get insider tips on cool places to go and save money.
Tip #5 Learn How the Money Works
In the present, if you don’t have a credit card with a chip, ask your card issuer for one and you’ll likely get it. Most chipped cards won’t come with outrageous fees for using it abroad. Ask your credit card issuer what their fees are, if any to avoid surprises on your statement when you get back.

Using a credit card is excellent security against fraudulent transactions. However, not all businesses will take cards so it’s a good idea to carry a little local currency with you.

Figure out the exchange rate ahead of time so you aren’t trying to do constantly calculate prices. For example, if you are in Iceland and you know 600 Krona is roughly equal to five dollars U.S., you can have a rough and ready point of reference for figuring out how much to spend and keep on you.
Tip #6 Avoid Roaming Fees
When you board your flight, switch off your mobile data. WiFi is available pretty much everywhere, use that to upload your travel photo to Instagram instead of your phone’s data and you’ll save money.

Tip #7 Learn a Little of the Local Language
Most places you visit will have people who speak English. However, it is polite to at least learn how to say, “Do you speak English?” and a few other phrases in the local language. You might be met with grins and laughs for trying, but most people are happy to help if you try.

Tip #8 – Know the Basics to Pack
Here is a complete list of the basics you need to pack: a toothbrush, toothpaste, your passport, your phone and your credit card. Anything else you might want can be acquired where you’re going.

You can make life easier for yourself by packing clean undies for a week, if your stay is longer wash them in a sink with whatever soap is handy, and hang up to dry. Wool socks won’t heat up your feet and never gather a smell.

For clothing, dress nice and for the weather (again research your destination) and you won’t need more than two pair of shoes for most trips.

And that’s the basics for having a great time on your first jaunt outside the U.S.

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Most of our travelers are visiting destinations outside the United States. No matter if you’re traveling to Ghana, Russia, England, or staying within the continental U.S., knowing how to pack can make the difference in a number of things you can bring in even a single bag (for those of you who like to travel really light!).

An excellent way to get to know an area is to hike through it.
Africa alone has a huge number of gorgeous hiking areas in Ghana, Tanzania, and Kenya to name a few. There are numerous types of walking tours around the world, and hiking is best done with the least amount of necessary stuff in a single bag to keep things as light as possible.

Inside the U.S., the Appalachian Trail is a premier hiking destination for beginners as well as seasoned pros. You can get started in a local National Park or forest area. As far as gear, you don’t need a lot, but there are specialized items you need to make your hike more enjoyable. The North Face should have everything you need in one place.

How to Get Started
If you aren’t sure hiking is for you, try a short day trip first. Grab a hiking buddy and plan a few hours out on a trail together. Make it a goal to reconnect with nature. Even better, take a camera and record some sights to share. If you enjoyed your initial outing, then schedule a campout and see if sleeping under a starry sky and enjoying tent life is for you. There are all types of helpful items to make camping easy from easy firestarters for cooking to solar chargers for your phone and music that are lightweight and take up very little space in your bag. Whenever you’re considering adding an item to your gear, consider the weight and size and if it is really useful enough to rate the space.

Extra Places to Learn
Subscribe to blogs and check out tips on camping to make sure every hike you go on is equal parts safe and enjoyable. Learn from the pros and save yourself an unnecessary learning curve. The more you hike you more you learn the things you personally need for a great time. You’ll appreciate honing good packing skills around three hours into a hike when you realize you have everything you need, but you’re not carrying nearly the amount of weight your buddy is toting around.

Check out this infographic for some packing tips to make that hike easier whether in the U.S. or outside of it.Packing Tips: How To Pack The Right Way

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What You Need to Know Before Applying for Your Ghana Travel Visa
Ghana is fast becoming a popular , also a hot venue for destination weddings. Steeped in history and rich with culture, it’s a great place to toss aside the formalities of being a tourist, and become a cultural tourist. That means you become a local for a couple of weeks.  Here are some of the most common questions and answers for travel to Ghana.

Where’s a great place to get a steak in Ghana?
We just reviewed four restaurants in Accra, one of which provides Nebraska-fed beef!

How long may I stay in Ghana on a travel visa?
The current maximum stay is 30 days.

I don’t understand which what it means by type of travel visa to Ghana.
There are two types of travel visas for entry to the country. Whichever visa you choose depends on the reason for your visit. You will need to either choose a busines class visa or a tourist visa.

What days can Texas Tower process my Ghana visa?
We can process your Ghana application for a travel visa Monday through Thursday. The embassy is closed on Friday.

Is the application for a Ghana visa available online.
Yes, you can access it through Texas Tower here.

Do I need to provide a passport photo with my application?
Yes you will need to provide two passport photos with your Ghana visa request.

Will I need a blank visa page for my Ghana trip?
Yes, Ghana requires that you have one blank visa page available. Talk to us if you need additional pages, as you will now need to renew your passport.

Are there any additional elements someone who does not hold a U.S. passport needs to provide for the Ghana visa request?
Non-USA passport holders must provide a copy of green card or US Visa and I-94

Will I need to include a copy of the airline schedule for my trip to Ghana?
Yes, you will need to include one copy of flight itinerary for both business and tourist travel visas.

For business trips, is a host required?
Yes, you will need to submit proof of an invitation from a host in Ghana.
A company letter on your company letterhead is also required. If you need help, we can assist you here with drafting your business letter.

Are any vaccinations required for travel to Ghana?
Yes, currently you are required to be immunized against yellow fever and cholera.

If you have any other questions – just ask us! You can contact our offices at 713-874-1420 ask us on Facebook .

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You know what comes after Memorial Day Weekend? Summer travel season kicks off!

Despite recent controversies with some airlines, the Washington, D.C.-based industry group Airlines for America has stated they believe there will be approximately a 4% increase in air travel this year with some 234-million passengers flying between June 1st and August 31st.

One thing travelers with destinations outside the United States should do is make sure their passports have at least 6 months left on their passports before the expiration date. If you need to renew your passport, we can make it happen in as little as 24 hours. Expect a wait of an average of 5-7 weeks through the U.S. Passport Agency.

Best Western is reporting advance booking of its 2000+ hotels across the U.S. is reporting a 7% increase in summer bookings. Other hotel chains are reporting similar increases. Which means, you can expect airports to be crowded all summer.

According to Airlines for America, there will be an all-time high this year for summer travel. So conventional wisdom tells you , plan your trip, book your hotel early, and make sure your passport is ready to go!