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Are you a Katy resident planning a trip to Kenya? Excited to see Nairobi, go on your first ever safari, explore beautiful Lake Nakuru, or visit loved ones broad for the holidays? Whether you’re on your way to Kenya for business or on holiday, you’re going to need a visa. Here’s a quick, easy breakdown of what you need to know and the documents required to obtain your Kenya visa.

When you apply for your Kenya visa:

  • You can only apply 90 days before your planned departure date
  • At most, you can stay in Kenya for 90 days
  • Multiple entry visas are only allowed to be issued to travelers holding US, UK, or Canada passports.
  • If you’re only in Kenya in an airport waiting for a connecting flight to your destination, a visa is not necessary.

Now, let’s move on to the documents you’ll need for your visa application. If you use Texas Tower to order your visa, make sure to include your Texas Tower order form with the below documents for your intended visa.

For Business:

  • A completed online application for a Kenya visa
  • Two passport-type photos (make sure to take off your glasses!)
  • Your physical passport, valid for at least 6 months after trip completion with a blank visa page
  • If you don’t have a US passport, make sure you provide a copy of your green or your US visa and I-94
  • A copy of your flight itinerary
  • A company business letter printed on your company’s letterhead

For Tourism:

  • A completed online application for a Kenya visa
  • Two passport-type photos (make sure to take off your glasses!)
  • Your physical passport, valid for at least 6 months after trip completion with a blank visa page
  • If you don’t have a US passport, make sure you provide a copy of your green or your US visa and I-94
  • A copy of your flight itinerary

If you’re a US resident in need of a Kenya visa or other passport and visa services, Texas Tower Houston is just a phone call away. Give us a call at 713-874-1420 and let us know how we can best assist you with your passport and visa needs. For helpful links and more information on obtaining a Kenya visa, check out our full guide on the subject.

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.

 

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.
(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.

Travel Hacks for Getting Your Passport and Travel Visa Effortlessly

The actual beginning of every trip whether business or pleasure begins with planning. Then getting your tickets. Once you have your destination, make sure your passport is up-to-date and then if you need a travel visa, we can show you how to skip making a trip to the embassy.

How getting a passport through Texas Tower works:
Depending on the type of service you need, we have set up a specific passport page to assist our clients. We have a dedicated page for each type of passport request, set up with easy to follow instructions and what forms we need from you to process your passport request.

If you have any questions, we pride ourselves on the fact during business hours you will always talk to a person, never an automated service. We like to deliver a one-on-one service because each passport application is unique as the person requesting it. If you need your passport as fast as 24-hours, we can process that too. Get started on your passport here.

Since a travel visa isn’t a one-size-fits-all-countries endeavor, we have a dedicated page for each country, and whether or not they require a visa for entry for United States citizens. If a visa is required, we have a form that will list exactly what paperwork you need to provide us. Our agent will make the trip to the embassy on your behalf. Tap to choose your destination country.

One of the best travel hacks you can do when you’re gearing up for an international trip is outsourcing your passport and/or visa acquisition. This frees you up to plan your trip instead of standing in line. Call us today if you have any questions at 713-874-1420.
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Ghana is a beautiful African country that requires both a valid U.S. passport and travel visa to enter. Once you’re there – make a beeline for the beaches!


Labadi Beach
Located in Accra, this beautiful beach has not only a great view but parties around bonfires, horseback riding, street food, live music, and dancing.


Anomabo Beach Resort
The Anomabo Beach Resort located in the Central Region boasts some of the cleanest sands in Ghana for guests and enjoy the seafood – freshly caught and served daily.


Busua Beach Resort
The Busua Beach Resort in the Western Region is a place for both business travelers and tourists. It’s an escape from the city and has a quiet elegance.


Bojo Beach
This is a beautiful destination for relations, a wedding, or just chilling by the ocean. It’s just 3 miles from the center of Accra and even more fun to travel to on horseback!

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.


Drone photography has become very popular, particularly for candid wildlife viewing. For every responsible drone operator, there suddenly appeared one that was irresponsible as heck. From breathtaking videos that didn’t disturb a herd of elephants quietly eating leaves turned into a frightened herd of wildebeest stopping their yearly migratory river crossing and abandoning calves at a riverbank with irresponsible drone operators buzzing their cameras over animals heads and frightening them.

Several countries in Africa have banned drones and imposed large fines on anyone using one, especially in national parks which are now considered no-fly zones.

Botswana and Kenya allow drones but only if you apply for a permit and your drone must not disturb the animals in any way or you may face fines and equipment seizure.

Many private reserves allow drones but you normally need to hire your own vehicle and you may not disturb the animals on the reserve or other guests. Most reserves require that if your drone crashes, you may not retrieve it.

Texas Tower processes U.S. passports and can obtain visas for African countries you may want to fly a drone in. Call us today to get started 713-874-1420.

 

captioncontest060812We recently ran across what many people might consider a dream job. Imagine getting paid $10,000/monthly to travel and you have slum it staying in million-dollar luxury accommodations. Sounds rough right?

THIRDHOME  a luxury vacation company, announced on their Facebook page they are seeing applicants for a travel position that will send you all over the world for 3 months staying in as many as 12 different luxury vacation homes. The position will entail sharing your experience in photos and video in blog posts as well as social media. Something most of us do anyway when we travel for free!

THIRDHOME describes the job as “the best job on the planet” and from the overview of their job post, they may be right.

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To apply, you need to make a one-minute long video explaining why you’re the ideal person for this. Make sure your passport is valid (talk to us if it isn’t and we’ll get it renewed for you!) and get in on this opportunity.

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