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top-10Planning to travel abroad over the coming holidays?  Here are the top ten safest international
destinations according to a study conducted by Statista.

10. Czech Republic – A land of unique cafes and absolutely gorgeous architecture.

9. Australia – Surrounded by the Indian and Pacific Oceans, this is a definite must-visit for anyone’s bucket list.

8. Japan – Check out the fast pace and bright lights in Tokoyo, then escape to the quiet mountains or countryside to experience just a few of the many unique sites in Japan.

7.Canada– A fast trip from the United States, this country has both a Pacific and Atlantic Coast and is cross by the Rocky Mountains.

6. Finland – Visitors can enjoy the Northern Lights and also enjoy the ski resorts that populate this Arctic Lapland province.

5. Switzerland – Along with some of the finest watches and chocolate the world has come to know, this mountainous country has gorgeous scenery and awesome hiking trails.

4. New Zealand – This island country is located in the southwest Pacific Ocean and offers a lot to see and do such as exploring beautiful Milford Sound and enjoying Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

3. Austria – This German-speaking country has mountain villages, baroque city architecture, Imperial history and rugged alpine terrain ready to be explored.

2. Denmark – Linking Northern Europe and Scandinavia via the Öresund bridge, this country has a large number of fun experiences waiting to be had.  The Tivoli Gardens are not to be missed.

1. Iceland has topped the list of safest countries to travel since 2007 and with good reason. The country runs on geo-thermal power and has geysers,  hot springs, glaciers, and black sand beaches.

United States citizens won’t need a travel visa for entry to most of those countries, however, you will need to make sure your passport is ready to travel!

Interesting stats from Richard Dow, President of U.S. Travel Association, a trade organization based out of Washington, D.C. He stated at their trade industry’s annual gathering, the direct spending of $928 billion occurred on tourism and travel in the United States alone.

This had an estimated $2.1 trillion impact on the economy, supporting the 15 million jobs that are dependent on the hospitality and travel industries to sustain themselves. Domestic travel has grown 2 percent and international travel jumped forward growing nearly 4 percent.

Chile has recently started a reciprocal visa program with the United States. A travel visa is not required for travelers from Chile and U.S. travelers are not required to present a visa for entry to Chile.

Dow was quoted as stating he hoped to see some other countries like Brazil follow suit on that action, but it has not been adopted as of yet.

See the full article here


A common myth is that you just have to file your paperwork and wait for your passport. Often it takes weeks. That’s where hiring a company to do the legwork for you makes good sense.
If you can follow a list, you can get your passport in your hands faster.

According to Sergio Garcia, CEO of Texas Tower, Inc., it’s 100% legal to outsource the acquisition of your passport and visa to a third party agency.

The process is very simple. The client is given a short list of documents to print and sign. Then those documents are sent to Texas Tower. Depending on the time service, you can have your passport in as little as 24-hours.

Texas Tower welcomes questions regarding passports and visas at 713-874-1420. They are registered with the United States government for the purpose of obtaining passports and other travel documents. They also can get clients certified copies of birth certificates, international driver’s licenses, and they offer full document translation services.

Planning a trip can be time-consuming, outsource the job of obtaining your passport to Texas Tower, and spend more time planning your travel.

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Hope your Saturday is going well! Here’s some of what you might have missed this past week.

Djibouti has a burgeoning travel industry that is growing larger every year. We show you the paperwork you need to get a travel visa quickly along with a short video of some sites to see. Here’s How to Get Your Djibouti Travel Visa Fast

Have you been to Paraguay yet? United States travelers require a visa for entry. Going to Paraguay? You Need a Visa!

Next up, we have some helpful advice for getting a Philippines Visa.Tips for Getting a Philippines Visa

China is a major travel destination for both business and tourism. Knowing how to get your travel docs faster can leave more time for planning your trip. How to Get Your China Business Visa Fast

If you’re planning to travel to Brazil after the Olympics, we show you what you need for your travel visa.How to Get a Brazil Visa (After the Olympics)

If you have any questions regarding your passport or travel visa for any country, just contact us. We’ll be glad to assist you.

Does any industry move as fast as the travel industry? Turkey in the past 24 hours is a great example of how fast your destination change.
Here’s a recap of some of the news we shared with you this past week:

A little info about Tajikistan…
Have you ever wanted to see Tajikistan? Here’s a brief overview of the basics for getting there.

Bucketlist meet Macedonia
If you’re adventurous and like to walk the road less traveled by tourists, Macedonia should be your next destination.

So, where’s your birth certificate?
There are a lot of reasons you’ll suddenly need your birth certificate. We share how to get a certified copy faster than fast.

Checking out Russia’s Golden Ring
This is a must-see for your next jaunt to Russia. Steeped in history and culture, it’s not to be missed. We can help make it happen.

When does your passport expire?
Actually if you have less than six months left on your passport, your passport is expired as far as countries and airlines are concerned. Wanna know how to renew in 24 hours?

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Photo courtesy of Department of Homeland Security
Photo courtesy of Department of Homeland Security

The answer is: not just yet.

As of Friday, several states had issued-i.d.’s that were considered not in compliance with the Real I.D. Act. This would make having a passport a necessity for flying out of one of those states to another state.

On Monday, January 11th, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that a new timeline was being implemented to give the states adequate time to comply with the more secure measures. The new deadline is January 2018.

The two-year delay was necessary because less than half of the states in the US have met all the Real ID requirements. In the statement, Johnson said that only 23 states were “fully compliant” at this time. Five states are completely non-compliant and were not given any extensions beyond Jan. 1 of this year. They are Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico and Washington. 22 states had not fully met the requirements of the Act, but given extensions of various lengths because they were working towards implementation.

If you want to see the timeline for your state’s compliance to the Real I.D. act, Homeland Security has set up a website.

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Texas Tower Passport and Visa

It’s not a bad idea to have a passport ready to go. If you’ve never applied for a passport, or you need to renew your passport, we can help you. Visit our Passport page or call our office at 713-874-1420.

United States citizens traveling to Norway don’t need a travel visa, however, they do need a valid passport.

Speaking of passports, have you seen the updated version of Norway’s passport? The country had a contest for the updated design. Oslo-based design company Neue won the competition with this design. To see what is so special about it, scroll down.
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Notice around the edges is a minimilist version of the crest in red, white and turquoise, standing for standard, immigrant, or diplomat respectively.

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When the passport is scanned under a UV light, the landscapes on the passport transform to show the Northern Lights in the nights sky.
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Neue also designed the new passport photo page.
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The new passports are due to begin use in 2017. What do you think? Is it time for an upgrade in the style of passports in your country?

United Airlines Flights No Longer Grounded, Delays Remain - NBC News.clipularOn July 8th, 2015 United Airlines lost a router and with it. The result was for roughly almost 2 hours their entire fleet of planes was grounded as the system that handled passenger check-in, boarding, and flights was out of commission.

United Airlines states their system is now fully functional, however there was dozens of cancellations and hundreds of delays reported today for travelers.  United estimated the fall out from the glitch affected an estimated 235 domestic and 138 international destinations today.

If you were affected by the glitch, United is offering a waiver on their website to change flights. There is a full report at NBC.