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Happy first day of spring, everyone! For Houston travelers headed to beautiful, scenic Tanzania, whether it’s to scale Mount Kilimanjaro or enjoy the sights at Serengeti National Park, you’re going to need a valid US passport and a Tanzania visa. Here’s what you need for your visa application:

For Tourism

  • A filled out Tanzania visa application
  • Two passport-style photos (remember to take glasses off if needed)
  • Passport with one blank visa page and at least 6 months validity past trip completion
  • If not a US passport holder, you must provide a copy of either your green card or your US visa and I-94
  • A copy of your flight itinerary

For Business

  • A filled out Tanzania visa application
  • Two passport-style photos (remember to take glasses off if needed)
  • Passport with one blank visa page and at least 6 months validity past trip completion
  • If not a US passport holder, you must provide a copy of either your green card or your US visa and I-94
  • A copy of your flight itinerary
  • A company business letter printed on your company’s letterhead

Business visas for Tanzania are single-entry only, and visas last a maximum of 30 days, whether for business or for tourism. All minors traveling to Tanzania will need a notarized letter signed jointly by parents in order to provide permission to travel, as well as copies of the parents’ passports. If you’re ordering your visa through Texas Tower Houston, don’t forget your order form!

Whenever you’re ready to go from Houston to your next travel destination, Texas Tower Houston is here to assist you. Give us a call at 713-874-1420 and let us know what we can do to aid you with your US passport and Tanzania visa needs. For more links and helpful information on what you need for your Tanzania visa, check out our page here.

Moscow is a potent combination of centuries of history and all the wonders of the modern day, mingling together in unique and vibrant ways for all to enjoy. The 800-year-old capital of Russia has enough to keep visitors busy for months on end. If this is your first visit to Moscow, here are 5 of the most incredible places to check out during your stay.

St. Basil’s Cathedral

The image the average US citizen might think of when they think of Russia, with towering, colorful domes, comes largely from the colorful and gorgeous St. Basil’s Cathedral. Commissioned in the 16th century by Ivan the Terrible himself, this cathedral was so beautiful that the architect who built it was ordered to be blinded so he could never surpass the design of this immaculate, glistening cathedral that persist to this day.

Red Square

At the heart of Moscow lies Red Square, which could easily be considered the most visited attraction in the city. This cobblestone-lined town square, once a market teeming with traders, is now packed with gorgeous architecture and history. Many famous landmarks such as the Kremlin, Lenin’s Mausoleum, St. Basil’s Cathedral, and more can be found around Red Square.

Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

This Moscow museum features the largest collection of foreign art in the city, and is made up of three branches. The galleries contain everything from masterpieces from the ancient and classical world, to Renaissance pieces that have been carefully preserved. You can even find many works by the Dutch masters! The main building of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts is packed with world-renowned artists, including Rembrandt, Botticelli, Tiepolo, and many more. Next to the main building, in The Gallery of European & American Art, you can find a massive collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist works to enjoy.

The Kremlin

The Kremlin, one of the most famous spots in Moscow, is also the largest active fortress in Europe today. Behind 2.2 kilometers of wall, you can find five squares to explore, 20 towers, several buildings, and even the world’s largest bell and cannon. History lovers and those who are simply curious will get a week’s worth of attractions out of the Kremlin alone.

GUM

GUM, Russia’s biggest department store, is much different from the department stores we might think of here in the US. Inside this beautiful, sprawling building that is nearing its 130th birthday are over 200 boutiques to satisfy your itch to go shopping. If shopping isn’t your thing, that’s okay: the glass roof of the arcade provides a wonderful view that faces Red Square, and there are a variety of eateries to enjoy.

Before you go to Russia, you’re going to need a visa, and that’s where we come in. Call Texas Tower Houston at 713-874-1420 and let us help you with your US passport and Russia visa needs today. For more information on what you need for your Russia visa, click here.

India is a nation rich with culture, fantastic food and entertainment, and so much more to offer any traveler. Whether you’re a US resident going to India for business or pleasure, it’s a beautiful country well worth exploring. Before you go, though, make sure to have an up-to-date passport and a visa handy! The requirements are fairly similar for both business and tourism, but there are quite a few differences to take note of. Here’s what you need for your India visa:

For Tourism:

  • A completed, printed, and signed India visa application that must then be taken to your local US visa processing office for a 6-month multiple visa validity request.
  • A completed additional particulars form
  • A filled out India CKGS Disclaimer Form
  • Two passport-type photos (again, make sure you take off your glasses first!)
  • A copy of your driver’s license for proof of residence. The address must match the address on your application.
  • A copy of birth certificate if under 18. Naturalized citizens must include their naturalization certificate.
  • A passport with at least six months validity after the end of your trip and a blank visa page.
  • US residents who are not citizens must provide a copy of their green card or copies of their US visa and I-94
  • A copy of your flight itinerary
  • A copy of your passport

For Business:

  • A completed India visa application that is filled out online, printed, and signed. Take this form to your local visa processing office for a 12-month multiple visa validity request.
  • A filled out additional particulars form for visa services
  • A completed India CKGS Disclaimer Form
  • Two passport-type photos (make sure to take off your glasses first!)
  • A copy of your driver’s license for proof of residence. The address must match the address on your application.
  • A copy of your birth certificate (if under 18)
  • If you are a non-US passport holder, be sure to send a copy of your green card or US Visa and I-94. If naturalized, include your naturalization certificate.
  • Passport with at least 6 months validity after the end of your trip and one blank visa page
  • A copy of your flight itinerary
  • A detailed business letter on company letterhead that states the requested length of the visa.
  • An invitation from your host in India that states the requested length of the visa. This can be faxed or emailed.
  • Articles of incorporation from the company in India.
  • One invitation from host in India. Invitation must state the request of visa length (12 months). This may be a faxed or email attachment.
  • A copy of your passport

For more information and links to the forms you will need for your India visa, check out our comprehensive article on it here. For all of your US passport and visa needs, including obtaining and expediting your India visa, call Texas Tower Houston at 713-874-1420. We are ready and eager to assist you.

Lagos is one of the crown jewels of Africa, and a must-see for anyone on a trip to Nigeria. This active, multi-faceted city has a little something for everyone to enjoy. Here are the top 5 things to do on your first (or next) trip to the beautiful city of Lagos, Nigeria.

Visit Freedom Park

Freedom Park is a huge cultural hub in downtown Lagos Island. The old colonial prison grounds have been revitalized into a center thrumming with art, culture, and recreation. You can find a gallery, a food court, museum, and much more. Annual events like the Lagos Reggae Festival and Eko Theatre Carnival are also held there. There’s always something to do in Freedom Park, guaranteed!

Bask in the Nightlife

In Lagos, the night never really ends on the weekends. On Victoria Island, you’ll find the streets packed with bars and nightclubs, with other highly-regarded establishments in Lekki, Ikeja, and Ikoyi. Some nightclubs make a point to operate on Sundays for tourists and locals alike who are still looking to dance and enjoy the nightlife as much as possible before Monday hits.

Take In The Art Scene

Lagos’ art, music, and literature scene can be found at two fantastic venues: The Jazzhole and Bogobiri. Live music, literature, and great food and drink can be found at both. If you’re an art enthusiast itching to see what the Nigerian art scene has to offer, these are two fantastic starting points among many.

Scuba Dive

Divers, rejoice! Lagos has some beautiful diving locations for certified scuba divers. Check out the Jet Ski Club on Victoria Island for directions to diving hotspots or joining a local dive group if you need a dive buddy for your next underwater excursion.

Enjoy An Owambe Party

Owambe (lit. “it is there” in Yoruba slang) refers to some of the most colorful and fun social events you can find in Lagos, and can include weddings, birthdays, and even remembrance parties. These gatherings are often attended by socialites who are ready to let their hair down in beautiful traditional garb. This, paired with tons of food and drink, live indigenous music, dancing, and general merriment, makes for some extravagant parties in Lagos all year round. Most of the time, pretty much any well-dressed person can participate in an owambe!

Getting ready to go to Nigeria? We can help you with your US passport and Nigeria visa needs. For documents you need for your Nigeria business or tourist visa, check out our page here. Give Texas Tower Houston a call at 713-874-1420 and let us know how we can help you with your US passport and Nigeria visa needs.

Whether traveling for business or pleasure, the visa process can take some time on its own. However, expediting means only having to wait just a few days to get what you need. Why wait when, for a small fee, you can have your visa in just a few days without any hassle? Here are some of the main benefits of expediting your China visa:

  • Certainty.
    Instead of waiting for several weeks and still not being sure if you’ll get the visa, you can be approved in mere days and have your visa in your mailbox within a handful of business days.  
  • Expecting the unexpected.
    Life happens. In emergency situations, expediting your visa will get you where you need to go in just a few days, so you’ll never be too late for your engagements, family members in need, or important last-minute events in life.  
  • Convenience.
    It’s incredibly convenient to let a team handle it instead of having to take the day off of work and travel hundreds of miles (in some cases) to the nearest consulate to apply for your visa. With all of your documents in order, an agency dedicated to expediting passports and visas can handle your enquiry faster and with less stress. You can carry on with your day knowing you will have your Chinese visa needs taken care of.

There are few drawbacks to having your China visa expedited, especially since in most cases, Houstonians and other US residents will need one to be in China in the first place. Remember: once you get your visa, you have 90 days (or, in some cases, 180 days) to travel to China. The best time to apply for a Chinese business or tourist visa in Houston is between 2 months to 15 days before you plan to leave, so make sure to plan accordingly and have all of your paperwork ready so the application process goes smoothly.

If you’re ready to start the process of expediting your China visa, you can contact Texas Tower Houston at 713-874-1420, we are ready to assist you.

 

Business and tourist travelers need a valid passport and visa to enter Egypt. Here are the easy steps to getting your business and tourist travel visa. The best reason to outsource your visa, our Houston office can even expedite the service in as little as one to two days.

egypt passport and visaBusiness and tourist travel visa requirements
Visit our dedicated Egypt visa page and you will see the paperwork that is required. We have links to the applications and forms you need with full instructions.

Business travelers will also need a company letter in their application, and we have a sample letter available to make sure your company provides a letter that will be accepted by the embassy for a travel visa. We also provide other information you need to obtain such as a passport photo and verifying your passport’s expiration date is 6 months beyond your completed trip date.

Top Tourist Destination
Once you’re in Egypt, one of the top destinations for tourists is the beautiful beaches of Sharm El Sheikh. Where beach goers can enjoy beautiful views, swimming, and diving with the abundant sea life.

For women traveling alone in Egypt
TripAdvisor.com has a great piece that tells the real deal of how to travel safely in Egypt as a woman traveling alone. Unwanted attention can happen, and knowing what to do can keep your visit to Egypt enjoyable.

If you have any questions about traveling to Egypt or you believe you have a special circumstance for your passport or travel visa, contact our office at (713) 874-1420 and one of our agents will be glad to assist you.

Spring Break is fast approaching, have you made your plans? If you’re still searching for the best deal on where to go – here are some ideas inside and outside the U.S. that are kind to your bank account and perfect for the student on a tight budget.

1. Daytona, Florida

With average temps hovering in the low-80’s during Spring Break, Daytona has great weather and cheap hotels in abundance. There is a Big Red Party Bus that travels up and down the beach and is easy to catch either way. The boardwalk, beach, or local clubs are filled with activity and it’s a definite non-stop party scene.

2. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Both North and South Myrtle Beach in South Carolina have white sandy beaches and very affordable hotels. There’s a ton of live music and clubs. Hotels here tend to be even more budget-friendly than in Florida, so it’s worth checking out.

3. South Padre Island, Texas

Looking for a Spring Break experience that is anything but tame? This is your destination. South Padre is small but mighty. The island is filled with tons of bars within walking distance and the hotels are very affordable. Most of the accommodations aren’t exactly 4-star but chances are good you won’t be in your room too much anyway.

4. Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

None of the above destinations require a passport, this one will. Costa Rica is completely gorgeous and if you love beach time, this is your nirvana. You can swim, whitewater raft, and enjoy zip lining. There’s still time to book a trip and keep the cost down on a round-trip ticket.

5. Ocho Rios, Jamaica

This is a great destination. Ocho Rios in Jamaica is a very busy port that numerous cruise lines use and it’s not hard to see why this is so. The water is clear, there are jungle mountain ranges and the beaches are pristine. Margaritaville is where the Spring Breakers head to. You can party hard or rent an ATV, horseback ride, or experience their whitewater rivers on a raft canoe or kayak. You will need a passport for entry.

6. St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Since this is a U.S. territory, you won’t need to worry about breaking out your passport. If you book your flight far enough in advance, you can usually score some great deals on travel to this destination where you will be able to enjoy affordable hotels, pristine beaches, and a jumping nightlife.

7. Cancun, Mexico

It wouldn’t be a list of Spring Break places without the original Mexican paradise destination, Cancun. There are nearly constant parties, bars, live music fests, and very affordable rooms. Shop around for round trip flights and you can probably snap up a great deal. Just pack your bathing suit, sunscreen, and your passport and you’re set!

Texas Tower Passport and Visa is a Houston, Texas based company that expedites U.S. passports, travel visas, certified birth certificates and Apostille to make your travel plans go smoothly contact us at 713-874-1420.

Cameroon requires that U.S. citizens hold a visa for entry to the country. This applies to both business and tourism travelers.

Our Houston office can obtain a visa for you because the Cameroon embassy has exacting standards for issuing visas, the process time can take 6-8 business days and this is one of the few countries we cannot process the visa application with emergency service.

For us to process your visa application, just gather the following items and we’ll do the rest.

BUSINESS REQUIREMENTS FOR CAMEROON VISAS:

  • Two completed Cameroon visa applications
  • Two passport type photos
  • Physical passport with 6 months validity beyond trip completion and one blank visa page
  • Notarized letter of invitation from Cameroon host (Notarized by a Cameroon Notary)
  • Non-USA passport holders must provide a copy of green card or US Visa and I-94
  • One copy of flight itinerary
  • Company business letter – Generate one now and print on your company letterhead. Please indicate a guarantee of 3 months
  • One copy of proof of vaccination for yellow fever
  • One authorization from Cameroon authority
  • One copy of flight itinerary
  • Texas Tower order form

TOURIST REQUIREMENTS FOR CAMEROON VISAS:

  • Two completed Cameroon visa applications
  • Two passport type photos
  • Physical passport with 6 months validity beyond trip completion and one blank visa page
  • Non-USA passport holders must provide a copy of green card or US Visa and I-94
  • One copy of flight itinerary
  • One copy of recent bank statement (Please obscure account number)
  • Texas Tower order form
  • If you have any questions, just contact our office at 713-874-1420 and we’ll be glad to answer any questions you have.

If you’re a U.S. citizen traveling to Algeria as either a tourist or for business purposes, you will need a travel visa for entry to the country. Here are some of the most common questions answered about obtaining your Algerian visa.

You can outsource the task to us in our Houston office and we will make the trip to the embassy for you.

How long may my stay in Algeria be?
Currently the maximum stay on a visa for both tourists and business visitors is 45 days maximum. Note that entry to Algeria must take place during the 45 days.

How long does processing for an Algerian visa take?
Unfortunately, due to instability in the region, the process time for obtaining an Algerian visa can vary. A minimum of 2 weeks is recommended.

Can the application be handwritten?
No, the application must be typed and printed.

Any special notes for passports?
Yes, Algeria will require that the expiration date of your passport extend beyond 6 months after the completion date of your trip to Algeria. You will also need to have at least one blank visa page in your passport.

Is an invitation required from an Algerian host for business travel?
Yes, you will need an invitation from a host within the country.

Ready to get started on obtaining your travel visa to Algeria? Contact us today at 713-874-1420 if you have any questions, and we’ll be happy to help you.

Knowing the basics of getting your travel visa for China can make the process go a lot faster. Our Houston-based office can expedite the entire process for you.

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).