Category Archives: General Info

The State Department currently advises against non-essential travel by U.S. citizens to most regions of Pakistan and the India-Pakistan border for safety reasons.
The most common reasons for traveling to Pakistan are for seeing family, humanitarian or missionary organizations, and journalists, photographers, and reporters covering the area.
It is up to the Pakistani Embassy to grant issue of the travel visa and they or may not grant the request. Here are the basics to know:

  • Maximum stay is 30 days
  • The odds of obtaining a Pakistan visa are not favorable
  • A completed Pakistan visa application (we can give you the link)
  • 4 passport-type photographs
  • Maximum stay is 30 days
  • Money order for $324 made payable to The Embassy of Pakistan
  • Invitation from host that has been notarized by a Pakistan notary
  • Copy of inviting party’s NICOP card that has been notarized by a Pakistan notary
  • Copy of inviting partys Pakistan passport information that has been notarized by a Pakistan notary
  • If the purpose of visit is Trekking/ mountaineering, then the applicant must provide an Invitation letter from tour operator in Pakistan, Registration letter of tour operator with Ministry of Tourism in Pakistan, and the Trekking/Expedition permit issued by the Gilgit-Baltistan Council.

Once you gather the paperwork, we can do the rest and go the embassy for you.
see the full scope of documents and links to documents on our Pakistan Visa.
Any questions? Just contact our office and we’ll be glad to help you 713-874-1420.

Safari may conjure up images of hunting big game animals but these days it tends to mean traveling through game preserves and experiencing the animals and nature at their most natural and disturbing them as little as possible.

Some safari groups allow drones to be used to film animals, and nearly all allow camera photography.  Here’s a good example of drones used on safari.

When traveling to Kenya, you will need both a current US passport (more than six months before the expiration date) and a travel visa. We can expedite both documents for you and your travel companions.


As Kenya continues to rebuild its tourism industry, safari companies are growing in number but not all will give you the best deal for your money spent. Here are eight good questions to ask to get the best safari experience.

  1.  How many vehicles does your safari company own?
  2.  What are the qualifications of your drivers?
  3.  Which driver would be you assigning us and how much experience does this driver have?
  4. Do all your drivers and guides have at least (this is the minimum)  a bronze award from the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association? This can be verified here.
  5. Are you a member of KATO?
  6. Do you provide an itinerary? Is it timed by the hour or by the day?
  7. (For overnight stays on safari) What type of tent/room/banda will we be occupying?
  8.  What meals will be served? Are the menus available?

Once you plan your safari, talk to us about expediting your travel visa to Kenya and renewing your passport if you need it.

Vietnam is a long, narrow country situated between the Laos and Cambodia borders by the South China Sea. There are gorgeous landscapes to explore. Take in the lush rice fields, dense mountain forests, and the beautiful beaches on the coast. There are modern cities and traditional villages for travelers to immerse themselves in Vietnamese culture both past and present.
You will need both a valid U.S. passport and visa to enter the country. Let us expedite the process for you. Visit our Vietnam visa page or call us at 713-874-1420.

1. Dalat
The weather cool year-round and the misty valleys, pine tree forests and a myriad of colorful flowers are the reason emperors and French colonials used this destination as a getaway from the heat of summer. In the present, this south-central region of Vietnam is still popular for the same reasons. With a high walkability score, Dalat is a beautiful melding of scenic landscapes and both traditional Vietnamese and French architectures.


2. My Son
Located on the central coast of Vietnam near the Duy Phú village is the important archaeological site known as My Son. One of Southeast Asia’s most notable ancient sites, My Son was once a significant center of religious Hindu ceremonies where the kings of the Champa Kingdom built numerous temples devoted to the worship of the god, Shiva, between the 4th and 14th centuries.


3. Ho Chi Minh City
The jewel of southern Vietnam is by the Mekong Delta. Formerly known as Saigon, this was the capital of Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
Today, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city of the reunified country, offering plenty of reasons to visit, from its blend of historic and modern attractions to vibrant shopping, dining, and nightlife.


4.Mekong Delta
A short distance from Ho Chi Minh City Colorful you will find an area filled with floating markets, lush fruit orchards, bird sanctuaries and quaint villages. This area is known as “The Rice Basket,” and rightfully so. This agricultural region feeds more than 30% of the country from the rice plantations, fish farms, and orchards.


5. Nha Trang
A popular destination is this resort city on a beautiful bay. You will find a gorgeous bay view, picturesque mountains, beaches and lush islands to explore. For a little more modern fun, take in the amusement and water parks.

It stressful to find out at the last minute before you leave for your trip that your passport is expired.
The good news is that in just a few steps, you can renew your expired passport in as little as 24-hours.

Step 1. Make sure you meet the requirements to renew your passport.
renew expired passport

Step 2. Complete the application for passport renewal online at the State Department portal.

Step 3. You’ll need two passport photos. Remember, as of November 1st, 2016, no glasses are allowed in passport photos.
14702329_1263602330357937_8060072320148201090_n

Step 4. Print and sign the authorization letter for Texas Tower to act on your behalf to obtain your passport for you.

Step 5. You will need to include a copy of your flight itinerary or letter on company letterhead requesting rush level service for your passport application.

Step 6. Print and fill out the Texas Tower order form.

Step 7. Send the documents along with your currently expired passport to Texas Tower. Your passport will be canceled and returned to you with your new passport.

Ready to get started? Access to the necessary forms and list of fees can be found on our Renew Passport page.


We often encounter documents that will Notaries often encounter documents that will be sent to another country. Certain countries require that documents used by travelers have an Apostille or authentication certificate

What is an Apostilles
Apostilles and authentication certificates validate the seal and signature of a notary on a document so that it can be accepted in a foreign country. It verifies that the signature and the notary are authentic and validated.

When are Apostilles Needed?
Apostilles are used when public documents are being transferred between countries that are party to the Hague Apostille Convention of 1961. This international treaty streamlined the cumbersome, traditional procedure for authenticating documents.

How Does the Apostille Process Work?
Contact our office at 713-874-1420, or visit our Apostilles page online and upload your documents for a free quote!

One of the best things about visiting a city around the globe is sampling the local cuisine. Street food is a great way to dive in to local treats and learn the culture of a city.


1. Tokyo, Japan
Did you know Japan has more Michelin starred restaurants than any other country? Getting a great meal isn’t a problem, narrowing down choices is. While you’re out sightseeing, grab something to munch on.


2. Hanoi, Vietnam
Eat like a local and hit the streets for freshly prepared pho, the national soup of Vietnam. You cannot leave without sampling a Bahn Mi. A baguette filled with cucumber, herbs, crispy onions, pork, and among other toppings, fish sauce for one delicious bite.


3. London, UK
People make jokes about English food being bland. In truth, there’s a lot of deliciousness to be found. There are pop-ups and street food to explore.


4. Jaipur, India
Love barbeque and chargrilled food? You will love Jaipur’s food. The traditional cuisine of the Rajputs, the warrior princes that ruled this area, are highlighted in many dishes here.


5. Mendoza, Argentina
Want a large, perfectly cooked steak? Your dream destination will be found in Mendoza. This area of Argentina is surrounded by wine estates and some of the best food in the country.

You will need a valid U.S. passport to experience these delicious destinations, book your trip and talk to us about expediting your U.S. passport and visa (if needed). Safe travels and happy eating!

Not having your birth certificate when you need it is frustrating. If that’s happening to you or someone you know right now, we are here to help.

You can order a certified copy of your U.S. birth certificate online and receive the hard copy in the mail in a just a few days for most states. Each state sets their own processing time and fees for issuing birth certificates.

If you have any questions, call us at 713-874-1420!

Tanzania is a country we process travel visas for on a regular basis. There are many things to do when you visit, we chose five to review that according to Trip Advisor candid reviews, are rated as quality experiences by travelers.


1. Mount Kilimanjaro
This is one of those adventures everyone should try to do at least once. There are numerous tours that will assist you as you go up the mountain. Along with comfortable camping and providing meals if you book a tour to climb the summit at a leisurely pace.


2. Ngorongoro Crater
This is the world’s largest inactive volcanic caldera. It was formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself. Around the crater area is a national park where visitors can see elephants, cheetahs, and even the occasional rhino. A must-see for a photography safari.


3. Isimila Stone Age Site
History buffs will appreciate a tour at the Isimila Stone Age Site. This place is sometimes referred to as the Grand Canyon of Tanzania. There are pillars over 30-meters in height and the tools used by humans for carving are thought to be between 60,000 and 100,000 years old.


4. Mtoni Palace Ruins
There is both narration and song at this stop. Be sure to indulge in the intimate and traditional coffee ceremony for a true taste of Tanzanian history.


5. Food and Spices Tour Including Traditional Swahili Lunch
If you’re a foodie, this will be your favorite thing in Tanzania. A 4-hour tour of the exotic spices and foods along with a traditional lunch.

U.S. citizens traveling to Tanzania require both a valid U.S. passport and a travel visa for entry. There are strict guidelines that must be met to obtain your visa, talk to us and we’ll do the work for you! Call us today at 713-874-1420

The beautiful State of Gujarat is located on the west side of India. Locals refer to it as the true heart of India. There are many things to see and do, with that in mind, we chose the top five places to explore in Gujarat.

1. Mahatma Gandhi’s Home Sabarmati Ashram
This is a great destination for any history buff. The home of the Father of a Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The place is well kept and has a serene vibe to it.

2. Auto World Vintage Car Museum
This is a huge museum of vintage automobiles with hundreds of cars to see. American, European, and other vehicles are represented here.
Take in the Rolls Royces, Bentleys, even the original Ford T model; large spacious limousines and small elegant two-seater sports cars of yesterday.

3. Akshardham Temple
This serene place is a great way to spend a beautiful afternoon or evening. Tour the temple grounds, enjoy the food, and if you go after dark, the laser light show is not to be missed.

4. Sabarmati Riverfront
This is a well-maintained, clean and fun place to bring the family for a relaxing afternoon of enjoying nature, cycling, visit the flower garden. This is the place for anyone that loves to drop selfies on their Instagram.

5.Unlocked
This is a fun way to challenge everyone on your trip to use their skills. You are .locked in a room and you have to solve puzzles and work your way out of it. Definitely one of the more unusual things to do in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

U.S. citizens traveling to India require both a valid U.S. passport and a travel visa for entry. There are strict guidelines that must be met to obtain your visa, talk to us and we’ll do the work for you! Call us today at 713-874-1420

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!