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July 14, 2014

Did You Know?

Tuesdays, six week before your flight is when your tickets will be the least expensive.

Also, if you purchase your tickets and then there is an airline sale, most major airlines will refund you the difference! So watch those Fares!

A Message from our London Office

Dear Clients,

I wanted to let you know about some changes with Travisa UK that may be of interest to you.
Over the past few months we have moved away from our location and have since moved back to 2 Johns Street, London, WC1N 2ES. We found that this address was better for both our employees and for our client needs. Sometimes you have to realise that the grass is not always greener and you should stay where you are! We hope that this is welcome news to all of you.

We have also updated our website to make it more intuitive for the end user. We have streamlined many aspects of the site www.travisa.co.uk that we feel will make the user experience much friendlier.

Finally, I have taken on a larger role within Travisa UK and am now the Operations Manager of this office. I have 9 years of experience processing the cases on behalf of thousands of travellers and I hope to use this experience to help you in every way possible. My team will focus on service and our commitment to our clients travel document needs. Please contact us directly if there is anything that we can do to make your experience with Travisa better.

We look forward to hearing from you and we truly appreciate your business!

Yours Sincerely,

Sam Carlton

Consular Updates

India

The Indian government is transitioning to a new outsourcing service; this has resulted in changes in fees, additional requirements, and is causing severe delays. Travisa will continue to do everything possible for our clients, but cannot make any assurance that Indian visas will be issued by planned departure dates.

Kazakhstan

Announcing a one year visa-free regime for citizens of 10 countries: United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, and United Arab Emirates. From 15 July 2014 to 15 July 2015, citizens of these 10 countries holding valid passports can enter or transit through Kazakhstan without a visa for a stay of up to 15 calendar days. For a stay of longer than 15 days, the appropriate visa will be required.

Russia

Russian Consular Fees have increased for US citizens.

Weekly Feature - Travel Apps you Need!


All great travel apps have one thing in common: they all solve a problem you didn't even realize you had. That said, with app stores bulging at the virtual seams with software claiming to make your life easier, being simply useful is no longer enough for app developers aspiring to greatness. Whether they're cutting down journey times, pointing you in the direction of authentic local nosh or simply showing you how to ask for a restroom in Swahili, each and every one of our travel apps has earned its place in this list by virtue of being innovative, quirky or - in a few cases - downright space-age. So browse well, take your pick and get globe-trotting - because with a few of these in your pocket, you may never look at the world in the same way again.

The Travisa App




With the Travisa Visa App for iPhone or Android, you can access detailed information on travel visa requirements for over 200 countries and passport services directly on your phone even when you do not have internet access. The Travisa Visa App is great for frequent international travelers and international travel managers, as well as individual travelers, who need to know country visa requirements fast.


FlightTrack

Follow the path of thousands of international flights on slick, zoomable maps, with detailed information on departure gates, delays and (heaven forbid) cancellations. Great for those anticipating the arrival of loved ones, or particularly nerdy train-spotters looking to up their game.

JetLag Genie

There are plenty of theories floating about concerning the best methods for beating jetlag, very few of which come backed up with any serious scientific clout. Still, it's generally agreed that gradually altering your sleeping habits before a trip is beneficial, and this clever app will help you do just that. Input your travel dates, destination and usual sleeping times and it'll come back with personalized alarm clocks to soften the blow when you wake up on Tuesday afternoon convinced it's still Monday morning.

XE Currency

Don't bother paying up for one of the many currency conversion apps out there in the digital hinterland - this freebie is slick, easy to use, and - best of all, since it uses live currency rates - completely accurate. It's been downloaded more than five million times to date, so don't even think about hopping on a plane without it.

WorldMate

The closest thing most of us will ever have to a personal assistant, albeit a heck of a lot cheaper. All you have to do is forward your various confirmation emails for flights/hotels/hire cars/restaurant bookings etc. to trips@worldmate.com and the app instantly generates an itemized itinerary covering your entire trip. Better still, upgrade to the premium version and the app will keep you in the loop in real time, generating alerts to let you know when flights are delayed or gates change.

AlpineQuest GPS Hiking

Go up a mountain without the right kit in your backpack and we'd be mighty surprised if you ever came back. And while sturdy shoes and some sort of stick (for fending off bears, naturally) are a given, GPS tracking software is another potential lifesaver. On this comprehensive orienteering app, maps come complete with contour lines, so you know what you're getting into. They can also be stored on your SD card, meaning you won't be left in the lurch should your mobile signal drop out. And if you're doing some proper hiking, it definitely will.

Wi-Fi Finder

With data roaming charges still laughably high, knowing where to find a decent wi-fi hotspot is essential if you're to keep the twitterati up to date with details of your latest sojourn. No need to charge through the city waving your handset around like a fly-swatter, though - simply fire up this handy app and follow directions to your nearest source of wireless internet. Best of all, the offline mode means you can download maps before you go, thereby dodging a massive bill.

Trip Journal

If you're the sort to never bother organizing your holiday snaps and souvenirs into something tangible to be whipped out at dinner parties, download this one on the double. But this is more than just a virtual travel scrapbook - as long as you've got your GPS switched on, it'll also create maps of your various explorations, geo-tagged with pictures, videos and notes. 21st Century traveloguing at its finest.

As always it is suggested by Travisa to double check your passport and possible visa requirements before enjoying international travel!


Thank you Timeout.com for your comprehensive list of the mentioned Apps! I think it might be time to do some downloading! Cheers and Happy travels.

Conde Nast Traveler: How To Travel Safely During Hurricane Season


This checklist of storm-season advice - some of which Conde Nast Traveler recently shared with AccuWeather - will help you avoid storms entirely and stay safe and up-to-date when foul weather threatens, no matter where your summer travels may take you.
Before you go...

The same rule of thumb that works at home works on the road: Be prepared. Have storm supplies handy, make sure family members know your emergency plan, and share your plans with a friend or relative not traveling with you. Also keep a copy of all your important documents - itineraries, passport ID page, driver's license, credit cards - in a safe place in case the originals are lost.

This website has good preparation tips!

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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.

Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod touch, and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.  iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc.  App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.

Consulate and Embassy Closings

Atlanta

  • El Salvador - Closed August 6th
  • India - Closed July 29th
  • Japan - Closed July 21st
  • Peru - Closed July 28th, July 29th
  • Switzerland - Closed August 1st

Chicago

  • Colombia - Closed August 7th
  • India - Closed July 29th
  • Turkey - Closed July 28th

Houston

  • Colombia - Closed August 7th
  • Indonesia - Closed July 28th, July 29th, July 30th, July 31st, August 1st
  • Pakistan - Closed July 29th, July 30th

London

  • Azerbaijan - Closed July 28th, July 29th
  • Bangladesh - Closed July 23rd, July 25th, July 28th, July 29th
  • Belgium - Closed July 21st
  • Bulgaria - Closed July 25th
  • Cameroon - Closed July 28th
  • Canada - Closed August 4th
  • Croatia - Closed August 5th
  • Cuba - Closed July 25th
  • Dominican Republic - Closed July 14th, August 4th
  • Egypt - Closed July 23rd, August 8th
  • Finland - Closed July 14th
  • India - Closed July 29th
  • Indonesia - Closed July 28th, July 29th
  • Jamaica - Closed August 1st, August 6th
  • Kenya - Closed August 8th
  • Malaysia - Closed July 28th, July 29th, August 1st
  • Sri Lanka - Closed July 29th
  • Switzerland - Closed August 1st
  • Thailand - Closed July 14th
  • Trinidad and Tobago - Closed August 1st

Los Angeles

  • Belgium - Closed July 21st
  • Bolivia - Closed August 6th
  • France - Closed July 14th
  • Pakistan - Closed July 29th, July 30th
  • Turkey - Closed July 28th

Miami

  • Brazil - Closed August 1st, August 7th
  • Trinidad and Tobago - Closed August 1st

New York

  • Bangladesh - Closed July 24th, July 25th, July 28th
  • Belarus - Closed July 14th, July 15th, July 16th, July 17th
  • Belgium - Closed July 21st
  • Colombia - Closed August 7th
  • Croatia - Closed August 5th
  • France - Closed July 14th
  • Ghana - Closed July 29th
  • Jamaica - Closed August 6th
  • Peru - Closed July 28th
  • Singapore - Closed July 29th
  • Switzerland - Closed August 1st

Ottawa

  • Australia - Closed July 25th, July 28th, July 29th
  • Croatia - Closed August 5th
  • Guyana - Closed August 1st
  • India - Closed July 29th
  • Indonesia - Closed July 28th, July 29th, July 30th, July 31st, August 1st
  • Japan - Closed July 21st
  • Switzerland - Closed August 1st
  • Turkey - Closed August 5th

San Francisco

  • Switzerland - Closed August 1st

Toronto

  • India - Closed July 29th
  • Indonesia - Closed July 28th, July 29th
  • Sri Lanka - Closed July 29th
  • Turkey - Closed July 28th

Washington

  • Bangladesh - Closed July 24th, July 25th
  • China - Closed August 1st
  • Croatia - Closed August 5th
  • El Salvador - Closed August 6th
  • India - Closed July 29th
  • Indonesia - Closed July 28th, July 29th, July 30th, July 31st, August 1st
  • Iran - Closed July 29th
  • Jamaica - Closed August 6th
  • Lesotho - Closed July 17th
  • Pakistan - Closed July 29th, July 30th
  • Peru - Closed July 28th, July 29th
  • Saudi Arabia - Closed July 28th, July 29th, July 30th, August 1st
  • Switzerland - Closed August 1st
  • Turkey - Closed July 28th

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.

Contact Us

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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