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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.

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.

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.

 

 

 

Need to expedite your visa for a business trip to China? We can help no matter what the jurisdiction is.

If you were born in China, there is some extra documentation necessary to get your business visa such as a Chinese passport or renunciation papers.

For United States citizens, getting a business visa is just a matter of gathering the necessary documents, submitting to us, and we will handle the trip to the embassy for you and we’ll have you on your way.

One tip to remember is your application must be submitted in typed form, the embassy will not accept handwritten applications.

You will also need a passport photo, an actual passport that is valid for 6 months past the conclusion date of your travel to China, plus side by side blank visa pages. If you need help updating your passport, you can have one of our agents help by contacting our office.

A flight itinerary from the airline, and an official invitation from the China Foreign Ministry.  A company business letter, we have samples available that meet the standards for obtaining a visa.

Once you have gathered your documents, download the Texas Tower order form and send your documents to our office.
See all the steps and get started on obtaining your business visa for China fast.

Planning a trip to Ghana? You will need a travel visa to enter the country if you’re visiting for business or tourism purposes.  The good news is we can get your travel visa in 1-2 working days if you need it expedited.

We have put together a handy list for obtaining both business and tourism class travel visas.  Just gather the required documents and we can do the rest for you. Best of all, you’ll save a trip to the consulate. We do the legwork for you.
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It’s not a constant rule, but Ghana frequently requires a yellow fever vaccination for travelers over nine months of age. We can check to see if it is required at the time of your travel.

For travel warnings, the State Department has a portal for Ghana-issued travel warnings.

Sights to see in Ghana
Here is a fantastic overview of just a slice of what you can see in Ghana from the official tourism board.

Let us make your trip to Ghana easy as possible, leave the acquisition of your visa to us! Get started here at our Ghana visa page.

 

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Traveling to Benin? You’re going to need a travel visa to enter the country.

The maximum stay is 30 days. If you need help getting your visa or you simply want to not have to be the one that goes to the embassy or consulate to get your travel papers, let us do it for you.

Just follow the simple instructions below to gather the paperwork necessary to process your tourist or business visa. If you aren’t sure about any part of the process, just let us know and one of our trained representatives can walk you through the process. We can to make the aquisition of your visa as easy as possible.

Also this is a good time to review your passport and make sure you have two necessary requirements covered before your travel to Benin. The first is that the expiration date of your passport is a date that is six months ahead of the completion date of your stay in Benin. The second requirement is that you have one blank visa page in your passport. If you need extra pages or to renew your passport, we can help you expedite that process.

Requirements to obtain your Benin Visa for Business or Tourist Travel
One completed Benin Visa Application
One passport-type photograph
Physical passport with minimum six months validity
One copy flight itinerary
One copy proof of vaccination for yellow fever
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Business travelers only: 
Company Business Letter

If you want to check to see if there are any current travel warnings for Benin issued by the U.S. Department of State, you can check here.

You can also enroll in the STEP program to get the latest country advisories.

Get a taste of what the country looks like. Here is a great travel video that gives an overview of what you can see and do in Benin. This country is located on the western edge of Nigeria, was once one of the most powerful empires in Africa — the Dahomey kingdom.

Ready to get started? Contact us today at 713-874-1420.

Tips for Getting a Burma Myanmar Visa
Once known as Burma, the country of Myanmar requires a visa for United States citizens wishing to enter the country. It also has a few special requirements you do not normally have to meet to obtain a visa.

The maximum stay for either a tourist or business visa is 30-days, Myanmar Tourism Showcase (3 minutes 40 seconds) -- myanmar branding video - YouTube.clipularand this is a visa you cannot obtain upon arrival in the country.  To get your travel visa, just fill out the required paperwork and we can make the visit to the consulate for you.

United States travelers living in New York, Connecticut, or New Jersey addresses will need to apply for their visa directly at the Myanmar consulate located in New York City. Texas Tower can do the legwork for you if you live in those cities, but there is an additional $40 service fee.

Requirements for Travel Visas to Myanmar

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Myanmar has had travel warnings issued in the recent past. Especially around elections. Check with the Department of State to get the latest travel warnings at their Myanmar/Burma page.

If you’re curious to get a glimpse of Myanmar before you go, check out this travel video from Myanmar Travel Information:

If you have any questions regarding the acquisition of your Myanmar travel visa, call our office at 713-874-1420, we have someone ready to help you.

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!

Get more tips and information for all your travel and personal documents on our Facebook page.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put out a very helpful infographic helping travelers avoid getting sick when traveling overseas.

According to the CDC, “Unclean food and water can cause travelers’ diarrhea and other diseases. Travelers to developing countries are especially at risk. In otherwise healthy adults, diarrhea is rarely serious or life-threatening, but it can certainly make for an unpleasant trip. Take steps to avoid diarrhea when you travel.”

This is why many people get hepatitis A and other vaccinations before traveling.

The CDC put together a helpful infographic for a rough and ready guide to what is probably safe to consume where you’re going.
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What’s Safer (source: CDC) 

  • Pasteurized dairy products like milk
  • “Dry” food like bread or crackers
  • Water, sodas, or sports drinks that are bottled and sealed (carbonated is safer)
  • Hot coffee or tea
  • Hard-cooked eggs
  • Food that is cooked and served hot
  • Meat that is cooked all the way through
  • Food from a factory sealed package or container
  • Fruit and vegetables you have washed in clean water or peeled

What’s Not

  • Fountain drinks
  • Water or ice made from the tap or a well
  • Flavored ice pops
  • Unpasteurized dairy products
  • Food from street vendors
  • Bushmeat (monkeys, bats, or other wild game)
  • Food served at room temperature
  • Raw or undercooked (rare) meat or fish
  • Raw or soft-cooked (runny) eggs
  • Unwashed or unpeeled raw fruits and vegetables
  • Salads

Texas Tower expedites U.S. passports and travel visas. We also obtain certified U.S. birth certificates, translations, and more. 
Call us at 713-874-1420.