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Need Your Passport Fast for a Business Conference in Taiwan-Taiwan is a hot destination for
business conferences, particularly in the oil and gas and IT industries. It’s not an unusual situation to realize at the last minute you need to renew your passport. Remember, if there’s less than six months left until the expiration, you need to renew.

All you need to do is fill out the passport paperwork and we do the rest.
American citizens do not require a travel visa for business or personal travel to the country of Taiwan.

However your nationality may require a travel visa. Fortunately, we can help you.

Our visa services include making an appointment for the consulate or embassy so you don’t have to. We will also get any necessary travel documents certified and translated as needed.

Taiwan FlagCall us at (713) 874-1420, a staff member can help you see if you need a travel visa to enjoy Taiwan.

It’s December 1st and it’s time look ahead to 2018. We put together five destinations that are proving to be popular this coming 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
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.

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.


For over 60 years, a railway for travelers extending from London to Tokyo has been dreamed of. After WWII, there were too many animosities between countries. In 2013, the plan began to heat up again and now Putin has been discussing with Japanese officials a plan which would involve constructing a 28-mile bridge that would allow trains to cross the East Sea.

In 2013, the plan began to heat up again and now Putin has been discussing with Japanese officials a plan which would involve constructing a 28-mile bridge that would allow trains to cross the East Sea.

According to The Independent,After leaving London, trains would be passing through Germany and Poland before entering Eastern Europe. Passengers would also pass through the Siberian Mountains before reaching the proposed bridge, a blueprint for the route shows. Reportedly keen to boost investment in the eastern parts of Russia, Putin is in serious talks with Japanese officials to kickstart plans.”

Currently, travelers can take the Trans-Siberian railway from Beijing through Mongolia and onto Moscow, arrival time is 15 days. There are no current estimations for how long the London to Tokyo train will take, but high-speed railway is being proposed.


There was a gun fight in a club in Playa Del Carmen and numerous reports of drugged drinks. There has also been an increase in homicide rates in two of the most popular tourist destination states in Mexico. The State Department’s response was to issue a travel warning effective for Baja California Sur and Quinta Roo.

According to Travel Weekly, there have been cancellations but the CEO stated that they have always advised tourists to be careful of their surroundings and avoid areas in cities and towns with known criminal activity. He also stated it was their opinion the destinations were safer than the warning paints.

A writer for Inertia recounts a time ages before when he spent 10 days living in a van with his girlfriend all over the beaches in Mexico one August.

Does the travel warning about Mexico make you less likely to visit? Would you cancel a trip or go and be extra vigilant?

According to the Yucatan Times, the Mexican tourist industry is in damage control mode.

I love Saturday morning coffee the way I used to love Saturday morning cartoons. (2)

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!

It’s not only Wednesday and on the way to Friday, but April 19th is Humorous Day and we thought it would be a great day to look at some pranks pulled off in airports.

It can be boring on a layover waiting for your next flight. You can only watch streaming Headline News, some talk show, or watch the other travelers streaming by to their own layovers or catching flights for so long.  Here’s a few people who took self amusement to the next level, and filmed it!

Fake Outlet Prank
Have you ever been in a smaller airport with few outlets? Talk about frustrating. This prank puts up a fake outlet.

Crashing Other People’s Calls
Isn’t it annoying when someone else begins chatting loudly next to you? This guy is all of us.

Welcoming Strangers at the Airport

Greeting Mom Prank
These two sisters missed their Mom and her a very special sign.

Hope you got a smile from these pranks and have a great Humorous Day!

Texas Tower Passport and Visa is your one-stop passport and travel visa expediting service. We can get passports for every member of the family and handle travel visas for nearly every destination. Call us at 713-874-1420 or visit TexasTower.net to get started!

 

#TravelTuesday

It’s #TravelTuesday!
We process passport and travel documents for individuals and corporations all over the United States. We also process travel visas 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.
(click to enlarge this map)

By Camoka4 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22514926
By Camoka4 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22514926

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.

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?

Visit us on the web at www.texastower.net. Feel free to ask questions via Twitter  or Facebook .

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Before a trip overseas, one of the things you don’t have to do is spend time renewing your passport. Using a passport expediting service, you simply pay a fee and let the agency do the work for you.

Going through the Passport Office or Post Office for renewing your passport can average 4-8 weeks.

Utilizing a passport service like Texas Tower will lower the time to 1-12 days and if you need to expedite service, they can turn around your passport renewal in 24 hours.

Issues Won’t Stop the Process
Another difference in how your paperwork is handled. If there are any issues with your paperwork, the passport agency will deny your application and return your paperwork. From there, you will have to start over from square one. Texas Tower  will work with you to quickly resolve any issues.

Isn’t it expensive to use an outside service?
Not really. There are fees on top of the existing government fees for this service, but our company works for you, one-on-one, to get your passport and travel docs. It saves a lot of time , and isn’t your time worth it? Our passport pages have the fees listed for each type of service to keep the process as transparent as possible. Just choose the type of passport service you need and you can see the total cost.

The process for getting your passport online is simple: 
1-Fill out your paperwork for the type of service you want.
2- Send to Texas Tower with your completed order form.
3-Receive your new passport!

You have plenty to do before you go on an international trip, gathering paperwork and waiting for your passport renewal doesn’t have to be one of those tasks.