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May 4, 2015

Did you Know?

Why the Need for a Passport Sticker?

Many customers have asked about the gold sticker placed on the passport during processing with Travisa. Therefore, we thought it would be helpful to explain in more detail about why Travisa uses stickers to identify our clients' passports.

The stickers are used for the following reasons:

1. Identifying the submitting agency should the Embassy require additional information. Embassies will not check application forms for contact telephone numbers.

2. Ease of identification should we need to call the embassy to request special service. Embassies will not look through hundreds of passports to locate the client by name.

3. Pick-up procedures. Embassies have special arrangements for pick-up and delivery by visa services. Passports bearing stickers are kept apart from those submitted by mail from the general public.

4. Passports not bearing stickers are often mailed out by the Embassies inadvertently. This often results in the cancellation of the trip.

5. Many Embassies require visa applications submitted by a third party to bear an identifiable symbol.

6. Sometimes clients lose their passports while traveling. There have been occasions when passports have been returned to Travisa due to the sticker being on the front of the passport.


The advantages of using a sticker on a passport far outweigh the disadvantages of removing the sticker.

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Consular Updates

India Tourist visa change for US citizens:

Effective April 15th, 2015, US citizens applying for a traditional Indian tourist visa stamped in their passport will have one option available to request, a 10 year, multiple entry visa. The actual duration of the visa will be at the discretion of the Embassy / Consulate, so the request must be up to 10 years.

Featured Article: BRIC Countries - When to travel, Why to travel and How Travisa can get you there!

BRIC is an acronym for the combined economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China. The economies of these four nations are collectively called "the BRICs," "the BRIC countries," "the BRIC economies" or the "Big Four." The countries currently represent about 25% of the world's land mass and 40% of its population. (Investopedia) So why travel there?  Business aside, each of these countries have their own unique and beautiful sights, sounds and cultures every traveler, novice or otherwise, should experience at least once in their lives!

Brazil is the latest host of the world cup, the home of Carnaval, 19 world Heritage sights and a mecca of white sandy beaches backing up to dense rainforests.  Lonely Planet, a trusted travel website, has deemed Brazil "one of the world's most captivating places"! Add to that, Brazil's biodiversity: legendary in scope, its diverse ecosystems boast the greatest collection of plant and animal species found anywhere on earth.

Brazil, like most popular tourist destinations has a low, mid or shoulder season, and a high season.  Low season, which is May through September, has lower prices and colder temperatures.  September is the month to visit the Amazon if that is your cup of tea! Mid-season is considered April and October.  Prices and crowds are average, aside from Easter week! And High season which is December through March, coincides with the northern hemispheres winter, it is hot, festival time, fun and expensive!

In order to get to Brazil you will need both a Passport, valid six months past the time of your visit with at least one or two blank passport page, and a Visa.  Depending on your state of residence, or your most recent travels, there are medical requirements, as well as possible invitation letters.  The requirements may sound complicated, but don't let that discourage your travels, Travisa has been doing this for a while, we have you covered!

Russia. It is breathtaking in its vastness, the world's largest nation and the birthplace of famous novelists like Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.  St Petersburg, a home to operas, ballets, and museums hosting abstract and iconic works by artists like Kandinsky, has been a tourist hot spot for years and rightfully so.  Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, it was the imperial capitol for the better part of two centuries. Between its architecture and cultural significance, travelers find themselves extending their stay in order to take in all that St Petersburg and Russia have to offer.
 
As with Brazil, you will need both a Passport and Visa to travel to Russia.  You will also need to acquire a Russian Visa Invitation or Voucher depending on the type of travel. "The first step to obtaining a Russian visa is to get an official invitation from Russia. Tourist visas require an invitation called a "Voucher and Confirmation". This is an official invitation from a Russian hotel or agency. Travisa can obtain tourist vouchers to support Russian tourist visa applications. Business visas require an official invitation from the host company in Russia, authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Russia. Travisa can obtain the official business invitation to support Russian business visa applications."  Read more about the Russian Invitation process on Travisa's website.
 
With a history reaching back five millennia, India has no shortage of sights and cultural variety to take in.  The Taj Mahal is possibly one of the most visited architectural attractions, hosting over three million visitors a year.  Its construction spanned 21 years, from 1632 to 1653, and employed an estimated 20,000 craftsman.  It was commissioned by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his third wife.  With combined elements from Islamic, Persian, Ottoman, Turkish and Indian architectural styles, the Taj Mahal was designated a World Heritage site in 1983, and continues to amaze all who visit.  And this is just one of hundreds of notable places to visit while in India.  

Another reason to travel...the food! As quoted by Lonely Planet, "Brace yourself - you are about to take one of the wildest culinary trips of your traveling life. Here you'll fry, simmer, sizzle, knead, roast and flip across a deliciously diverse repertoire of dishes. The hungry traveler can look forward to a tasty smorgasbord of regionally distinct creations, each with their own traditional preparation techniques and presentation styles - from the competing flavors of masterfully marinated meats and thalis to the simple splendor of vegetarian curries and deep-sea delights."

September is Monsoon season, otherwise, anytime is a good time to visit India.  You will need a valid Passport with at least two blank passport pages and a Visa to travel to India.  There are other forms, and depending on type of travel an invitation letter required.  Again, Travisa has been getting all types of travelers to India for years, let us help you!

China, with a population of 1.4 billion is the world's most populous country.  Archaeological evidence suggests that China was first inhabited around 2.4 million years ago!  Not only is China diverse in its human population, it is considered the third most bio-diverse countries as home to over 34,000 species of animals and vascular plants.  That being said, whether it is your first or hundredth visit, there is always something new to see in China. 

Ringed by a 170 foot wide moat at the very heart of Beijing, the Forbidden City is China's largest and best-preserved collection of ancient buildings, and the largest palace complex in the world. Spring and autumn would be your best time to see the Forbidden City, with weather that is not to hot or humid, and you dodge monsoon season.  

As with the other BRIC countries a Passport and Visa is required.  There are some other requirements as well, like an invitation or proof of a round trip flight.  It is highly recommended you visit the Travisa website, or call your local office in order to get all of the travel requirements, and help with the necessary paperwork.  

The BRIC countries may not be political allies but they do hold annual international relation summits.  In 2010 South Africa was officially admitted as a BRIC nation, changing the Acronym to BRICS.  No matter the acronym or political ties, all of the mentioned countries hold an importance in the vast world of travel!

Cheers!

Conde Nast Traveler: Everything You Need to Know About Southwest Airlines New Seats


Southwest Airlines announced today that its forthcoming Boeing 737 aircraft would get sleek new seats made by B/E Aerospace. Southwest, which is now the fourth-biggest airline in the U.S. by passengers carried, will roll out the first of the seats in mid-2016.

The new seats will be "the widest economy seats available" on a 737, Southwest says in a statement, with composite-material "eLeather" upholstery, two-inch recline, and adjustable headrests. At 17.8 inches wide, they are indeed more spacious than the 17.2-inch-wide options on 737s flown by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines, according to SeatGuru. Thinner armrests will also make seats feel more spacious, Southwest says.

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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.


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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

Travisa Office Closings

  • All Travisa Offices in the US - Closed May 25th

Atlanta

  • India - Closed May 4th, May 25th
  • Japan - Closed May 25th
  • Nigeria - Closed May 29th
  • Switzerland - Closed May 25th

Boston

  • Germany - Closed May 25th

Chicago

  • Bulgaria - Closed May 6th
  • India - Closed May 4th, May 25th
  • Indonesia - Closed May 14th
  • Spain - Closed May 25th
  • Thailand - Closed May 5th, June 1st

Houston

  • France - Closed May 25th
  • India - Closed May 4th
  • Indonesia - Closed May 14th
  • Russia - Closed May 4th, May 11th

London

  • Bangladesh - Closed June 1st
  • Denmark - Closed May 4th, May 14th, May 25th
  • Germany - Closed May 14th
  • India - Closed May 4th
  • Japan - Closed May 4th, May 25th
  • Mongolia - Closed June 1st
  • Sweden - Closed May 4th, May 25th
  • Switzerland - Closed May 14th
  • Thailand - Closed May 5th, June 1st

Los Angeles

  • Australia - Closed May 25th
  • Azerbaijan - Closed May 11th, May 28th
  • Bolivia - Closed May 25th
  • Bulgaria - Closed May 6th
  • Czech Republic - Closed May 8th
  • Germany - Closed May 25th
  • Japan - Closed May 25th
  • Kazakhstan - Closed May 7th, May 11th
  • Poland - Closed May 25th
  • Russia - Closed May 4th, May 11th
  • Thailand - Closed May 5th, June 1st

New York

  • Bulgaria - Closed May 6th
  • Czech Republic - Closed May 8th
  • Finland - Closed May 14th
  • Germany - Closed May 25th
  • India - Closed May 4th
  • Japan - Closed May 25th
  • Luxembourg - Closed May 25th
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  • Russia - Closed May 4th, May 11th
  • Serbia - Closed May 25th
  • Spain - Closed May 25th
  • Switzerland - Closed May 25th
  • Thailand - Closed May 5th, May 25th, June 1st
  • Ukraine - Closed May 4th

Ottawa

  • Belgium - Closed May 14th, May 15th, May 25th
  • Czech Republic - Closed May 8th
  • France - Closed May 8th
  • Germany - Closed May 14th
  • India - Closed May 4th
  • Indonesia - Closed May 14th
  • Japan - Closed May 4th
  • Russia - Closed May 4th, May 11th
  • Switzerland - Closed May 25th
  • Thailand - Closed May 5th, June 1st

San Francisco

  • India - Closed May 4th
  • Russia - Closed May 4th, May 11th

Toronto

  • France - Closed May 8th
  • Guyana - Closed May 26th
  • India - Closed May 4th
  • Indonesia - Closed May 14th
  • Italy - Closed May 18th
  • Japan - Closed May 4th, May 19th
  • Russia - Closed May 4th, May 11th
  • Sri Lanka - Closed May 4th
  • Thailand - Closed May 4th, June 1st

Washington

  • Argentina - Closed May 25th
  • Austria - Closed May 14th
  • Bulgaria - Closed May 6th
  • Cambodia - Closed May 14th
  • Czech Republic - Closed May 8th
  • Ethiopia - Closed May 5th, May 28th
  • Finland - Closed May 14th
  • Germany - Closed May 25th
  • India - Closed May 4th, May 25th
  • Indonesia - Closed May 14th
  • Jamaica - Closed May 25th
  • Japan - Closed May 25th
  • Latvia - Closed May 4th
  • Lesotho - Closed May 14th
  • Namibia - Closed May 4th
  • Norway - Closed May 25th
  • Romania - Closed June 1st
  • Russia - Closed May 4th, May 11th
  • Sweden - Closed May 25th
  • Switzerland - Closed May 25th
  • Thailand - Closed May 5th, June 1st

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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