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September 16, 2014

Did You Know?

  • Internet check-in was first used by Alaskan Airlines in 1999.
  • There are 61,000 people in the air over the U.S. at any given time on any given day. That's probably because 1/3 of the world's airports are located in the U.S.

Consular Updates

Brazil Update: 

The validity and duration of stay for any Brazilian visa is at the discretion of the Brazilian Consulate, they can be issued for 30 days or up to 10 years. Long-duration visas (valid for 5 or 10 years) are valid from the day they were issued. Short-duration visas (valid for 30 or 90 days) are valid from the date of first entry into Brazil. All visa holders, regardless of nationality or visa validity date, may only stay in Brazil for up to 90 days per year, unless otherwise noted on the visa. An extension of the original 90 days may be granted by the Federal Police Department in Brazil, yet total stay cannot exceed 180 days a year, unless otherwise noted. 

If your Brazilian visa is still valid and your passport expires, you can get a new passport and carry both the new (valid) passport and the old one (with the visa) when you travel to Brazil.

The processing time for Brazilian visas can vary greatly. Several Brazilian Consulates are requiring an appointment (Travisa can set the appointment) in order for processing to begin. If planning travel to other countries prior to visiting Brazil, please contact Travisa for advice on planning.

China: 

Effective September 15, 2014, the Chinese Consulate in Washington DC will require certain visa applicants who intend to stay in China for more than 180 days to apply in person.  This will affect applicants for long-stay visit, student, and work visas in the Washington DC jurisdiction.

South Africa:

Effective October 1st, 2014, South Africa will enforce new regulations for adults traveling with minors.  Parents traveling with accompanying children will be required to carry the childrens' certified or unabridged birth certificate.  If children are travelling with a guardian, this adult must also carry affidavits from both parents giving permission for the children to travel. They will also need copies of the passports of the parents, as well as the contact details of the parents. 

Children travelling with only one parent, in addition to the birth certificate, must produce one of the following: (1) an affidavit from the other parent granting permission for the child to leave the country; (2) a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship; (3) if applicable, the death certificate of the other parent registered on the birth certificate.

Azerbaijan:

Washington DC: New fees for all visa types for non US passport holders. Double Entry is no longer offered for all visas except transit.

Vietnam:

All locations are now using the new online Vietnam visa application. 

Saudi Arabia:

Washington DC, Houston, Los Angeles: The party that creates an enjaz registration must process the payment. A third party cannot process the payment. However, a third party is able to submit the application if the party responsible for creating the enjaz processes the visa payment.

Weekly Feature: Travisa - an Insiders Perspective

I started working in an administrative position for Travisa at the beginning of the year.  My background was not in the travel industry, and I was a novice at best in the passport and visa world! However, after just a few short months of working for Travisa my understanding of the travel industry has grown exponentially! And I have a feeling it will continue on this growth trajectory.  But here is the real point of this article, to share with you some of my newly acquired insiders' information. Trust me it will help you when you are getting your vital travel documents in order...

Let's start with passports; because nothing feels better than holding your crisp new passport, but nothing is more frustrating than trying to acquire one (well, maybe trying to get a Russian visa, but we will cover that later).  Here are the facts, plain and simple, there is only so much Travisa can do for you as far as expediting speed if you do not fill everything out absolutely one hundred percent perfectly.  Take your time and follow the directions.  I would have had my application denied by the government had somebody not pointed out that I wrote my Mother's married name on my application, when on my birth certificate it had her maiden name.  Small details like this will lead to a big red denied stamp on your application.  This is where Travisa and its employees can really help out! They are trained to spot the inconsistencies so your application will sail through the passport agencies office. 

Moving on to the application process for visas:  although I have never officially sent in my application for a visa, as part of extensive training I have filled out applications and gone through the steps for an Indian visa, a Russian visa and a Chinese visa; each of them comes with its own level of frustration.  The good news is that Travisa has put programs in place to really help you out with the plethora of paperwork! Options like Live Chat on the website or Document Pre Check service not only helps with accuracy but they ease the pre travel stress some get bogged down with.  The last visa I applied for was a Russian visa, here is what I learned, keep in mind I am a travel newbie! 

One: you need an official invitation letter.  Invitation letters for a business trip and a tourism trip are different, and they are not the kind of letter or invitation you would send your grandmother.  Rather it is a legal document including the traveler's passport information and travel information.  Travisa can obtain these letters for you, and all you need to do is fill out an online form.  

Two: as with all visas you need to submit passport style photos (just like when you apply for a passport).  Sounds intuitive, but I really had no idea you needed more photos. 

Three: there are no stupid questions.  I called a few different Travisa offices throughout the process asking questions about the required photos, speed of delivery, invitations and medical requirements. All of my questions were met with exceptional answers. I was even reassured that there are no silly questions! 

And lastly, utilize Document Pre Check! This is a service offered online by Travisa to make sure you have filled out everything correctly before mailing off your package.  This could potentially save you from a rejected visa application or delays and extra shipping costs to send in new or corrected documents. 

The single most important thing I have learned while at Travisa is the company is always trying to make things easier on you, the client! There are countless hours of meetings and discussion all with the sole purpose of helping ease your stress and confusion when applying for visas and passports with Travisa! 

Good luck and safe travels!

Conde Nast Traveler: George Hobica's Pro Tips on Getting the Best Airfare Deals

Self-proclaimed aviation geek George Hobica has been tracking the best deals for nearly a decade at the site he founded, Airfarewatchdog.com. Along the way, he's honed his packing strategy to a sharply measured science, flown supersonic more than once, and figured out the best way to make any flight more comfortable.
How Airfarewatchdog.com began

Back then, there were so many more airlines and so many fares that would change every day. It was just the wild west: There were so many airlines and they were all losing money and they were all retaliating against each other. So we picked up on this - a lot of people didn't even know about this because the sales only lasted for a day - and we needed to get this information out.

As consolidation progressed and airlines went out of business, these unadvertised fare wars became less prevalent. But it still happens and that's still the impetus of the site, to let people know about unadvertised sales and to let people know about these childish games that airlines play.


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Great Features from Travisa

Visa Widget

Travisa Visa WidgetGive visitors to your website instant access to visa requirement information.  Travisa's complimentary Visa Widget allows travelers to choose their destination country, citizenship, and purpose of travel to see if a visa is required, with the added convenience of never leaving your site.  You can customize your Widget with a company logo or simply leave it the way it is.  Your account code can also be embedded within, ensuring that travelers will have access to correct pricing and account details.  We can even save a default destination and citizenship if your travelers have a common preference.  Adding the widget is easy.  Just visit the widget set-up page.  If you have any questions about how this can be of benefit to your travelers, you may also contact Travisa's Account Management Team for more assistance.


Smart Phone Apps


Have you ever been in a time crunch and not at your desk to check visa requirements for your upcoming international trip?  No problem!  Use Travisa's FREE App for Android or App for iPhone for easy access to visa and passport requirements on the go.  You can also e-mail the information directly from the App for easy retrieval at your convenience.

App for Android


Download Travisa's FREE App for Android.  You can also find us on the Android market (just look for Travisa Visa).  Passport and visa requirements and instructions are now available anywhere you are.  You can look for information and send travel document requirements via e-mail for easy, convenient retrieval later on.


App for iPhone and iPad

Travisa's App for iPhone
With the Travisa Visa App, you can download FREE App for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch!  You can also access detailed information on travel visa requirements for over 200 countries and passport services directly on your iPad, even when you do not have internet access.  The Travisa Visa App is great for frequent international travel managers, as well as individual travelers, who need to know country visa requirements fast.  Send your travel document requirements via email for easy, convenient retrieval later on, even in areas with no receptivity.

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Consulate and Embassy Closings

Atlanta

  • Brazil - Closed October 13th
  • Canada - Closed October 13th
  • Colombia - Closed October 13th
  • El Salvador - Closed October 13th
  • Germany - Closed October 3rd
  • India - Closed October 2nd, October 3rd, October 6th
  • Israel - Closed September 25th, September 26th, October 3rd, October 9th, October 10th, October 13th
  • Japan - Closed October 13th
  • Nigeria - Closed October 1st, October 13th
  • Peru - Closed October 13th

Boston

  • Brazil - Closed October 13th
  • Canada - Closed October 13th
  • Germany - Closed October 3rd
  • Ireland - Closed October 13th
  • Italy - Closed October 13th
  • Japan - Closed October 13th
  • Korea (South) - Closed October 3rd, October 9th
  • Mexico - Closed October 13th
  • Venezuela - Closed October 14th

Chicago

  • Brazil - Closed October 13th
  • Bulgaria - Closed September 22nd, October 13th
  • Canada - Closed October 13th
  • Colombia - Closed October 13th
  • Germany - Closed October 3rd
  • India - Closed October 2nd, October 3rd, October 6th
  • Ireland - Closed October 13th
  • Japan - Closed October 13th
  • Pakistan - Closed October 6th, October 7th
  • Spain - Closed October 13th
  • Turkey - Closed October 13th
  • US Passport Agency - Closed October 13th

Houston

  • Brazil - Closed October 13th
  • Germany - Closed October 3rd
  • Indonesia - Closed October 13th
  • Italy - Closed October 13th
  • Japan - Closed October 13th
  • Pakistan - Closed October 6th, October 7th
  • US Passport Agency - Closed October 13th

London

  • Angola - Closed September 17th
  • Australia - Closed October 6th
  • Bangladesh - Closed October 3rd
  • Bulgaria - Closed September 22nd, September 26th
  • Cambodia - Closed September 22nd, September 23rd, September 24th
  • Canada - Closed October 13th
  • China - Closed October 1st, October 2nd, October 3rd
  • Croatia - Closed October 8th
  • Cuba - Closed October 10th
  • Cyprus - Closed October 1st
  • Egypt - Closed October 6th, October 14th
  • Germany - Closed October 3rd
  • Ghana - Closed September 22nd
  • Hong Kong - Closed October 1st, October 2nd, October 3rd
  • India - Closed October 2nd, October 6th
  • Kenya - Closed October 10th, October 14th
  • Malaysia - Closed September 16th
  • Myanmar - Closed October 8th
  • Nepal - Closed October 2nd, October 3rd
  • Nigeria - Closed September 22nd
  • Pakistan - Closed September 17th, October 3rd
  • South Africa - Closed September 24th
  • Trinidad and Tobago - Closed September 24th

Los Angeles

  • Australia - Closed October 13th
  • Belgium - Closed October 13th
  • Bolivia - Closed October 13th
  • Brazil - Closed October 13th
  • Bulgaria - Closed September 22nd, October 13th
  • Canada - Closed October 13th
  • Germany - Closed October 3rd
  • Israel - Closed September 25th, September 26th, October 9th, October 10th, October 13th
  • Japan - Closed October 13th
  • Pakistan - Closed October 6th, October 7th
  • Philippines - Closed October 13th
  • Saudi Arabia - Closed September 16th, September 17th, September 18th, September 19th
  • Turkey - Closed October 13th
  • US Passport Agency - Closed October 13th

Miami

  • Argentina - Closed October 13th
  • Brazil - Closed October 13th
  • Canada - Closed October 13th
  • Germany - Closed October 3rd
  • Italy - Closed October 13th
  • Japan - Closed October 13th
  • Trinidad and Tobago - Closed September 24th
  • US Passport Agency - Closed October 13th

New York

  • Australia - Closed October 14th
  • Bangladesh - Closed October 2nd, October 3rd
  • Belgium - Closed October 13th
  • Brazil - Closed October 13th
  • Bulgaria - Closed September 22nd, October 13th
  • Canada - Closed October 13th
  • China - Closed October 1st, October 2nd, October 3rd, October 13th
  • Colombia - Closed October 13th
  • Croatia - Closed October 8th, October 13th
  • Ecuador - Closed October 13th
  • Germany - Closed October 3rd
  • Ghana - Closed October 6th
  • India - Closed October 2nd, October 3rd, October 6th
  • Japan - Closed October 13th
  • Korea (South) - Closed October 3rd, October 9th
  • Luxembourg - Closed October 13th
  • Peru - Closed October 13th
  • Poland - Closed October 13th
  • Romania - Closed October 13th
  • Serbia - Closed October 13th
  • Singapore - Closed October 6th
  • Spain - Closed October 13th
  • Sweden - Closed October 13th
  • Trinidad and Tobago - Closed September 24th
  • Uruguay - Closed October 13th
  • US Passport Agency - Closed October 13th

Ottawa

  • Angola - Closed September 17th
  • Australia - Closed October 6th, October 7th
  • Germany - Closed October 3rd
  • India - Closed October 2nd, October 3rd, October 6th
  • Israel - Closed September 25th, September 26th, October 9th, October 10th
  • Korea (South) - Closed October 3rd, October 9th
  • Turkey - Closed October 14th

San Francisco

  • Brazil - Closed October 13th
  • China - Closed October 1st, October 2nd, October 3rd
  • India - Closed October 2nd, October 3rd, October 6th
  • Italy - Closed October 13th
  • Singapore - Closed October 13th
  • Switzerland - Closed October 13th
  • US Passport Agency - Closed October 13th

Toronto

  • Cyprus - Closed October 1st
  • Germany - Closed October 3rd
  • India - Closed October 2nd, October 3rd, October 6th

Washington

  • Angola - Closed September 17th
  • Bangladesh - Closed October 2nd, October 3rd
  • Brazil - Closed October 13th
  • Bulgaria - Closed September 22nd, October 13th
  • Cambodia - Closed October 13th
  • Canada - Closed October 13th
  • China - Closed October 1st, October 13th
  • Congo Republic - Closed October 13th
  • Croatia - Closed October 8th, October 13th
  • El Salvador - Closed October 13th
  • Germany - Closed October 3rd
  • Haiti - Closed October 13th
  • India - Closed October 2nd, October 3rd, October 6th
  • Indonesia - Closed October 13th
  • Iraq - Closed October 13th
  • Ireland - Closed October 13th
  • Israel - Closed September 25th, September 26th, October 9th, October 10th, October 13th
  • Japan - Closed October 13th
  • Lesotho - Closed October 13th, October 14th
  • Mozambique - Closed September 25th
  • Myanmar - Closed October 8th
  • Namibia - Closed October 13th
  • Norway - Closed October 13th
  • Pakistan - Closed October 6th, October 7th
  • Peru - Closed October 13th
  • Philippines - Closed October 13th
  • Qatar - Closed October 13th
  • Turkey - Closed October 13th
  • Uganda - Closed October 9th, October 13th
  • Uruguay - Closed October 13th
  • US Passport Agency - Closed October 13th
  • Venezuela - Closed October 14th
  • Vietnam - Closed October 13th
  • Yemen - Closed October 13th

About Travisa

We are a privately-held company, headquartered in Washington, DC with other networked locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Puerto Rico, San Francisco, Ottawa, Toronto and London. Travisa has been the leader in the visa and passport industry for over 30 years. Our clients include corporations (of all sizes), travel management companies, cruise lines, non-profit organizations, tour operators, universities and individuals. Our clients and the embassies we serve count on us for our world class service, cutting edge technology and our commitment to the security of the documents we process.

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For more information about how we can better serve your visa, passport and legalization needs, please contact our Account Management Team at accountmanagement@travisa.com. Or you can visit our website at www.travisa.com

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