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January 19, 2015

Did You Know?

For a US passport holder traveling to Canada for business, no visa is required, however there are entry requirements.

An invitation letter and a business letter are required to be carried with the traveler upon entry to Canada. Travisa has templates to help you create these letters!

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In addition, the person should be able to show a return ticket from Canada and be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient funds for their stay.

Letter From the President

Jan DvorakConnecting People and Cultures.


Every day, Travisa Visa Service connects people from many different cultures and communities from around the world. Hundreds of our consultants in the US, Canada and the UK are contributing to make peoples’ dreams possible. Travelers can see distant family, participate in sales calls, assist doctors in a remote African village or just take a trip to the beaches of Southern India for pure fun. With hundreds of passports and visas processed each day, we assist travelers in reaching 180 countries around the world.

Many of our offices give the impression of a mini UN conference.  We hire people from all over the world with distinct cultures and language skills to navigate the ever-complicated quagmire of the visa expediting world.

Our diverse corporate culture provides us with unique perspective and insights to help us better shape our company and the service we offer.

On behalf of all our employees, thank you for using Travisa Passport and Visa Service. We look forward to assisting you with your next international trip.

Consular Updates

Important News Regarding US / Cuba Diplomatic Relations  

On December 17th, 2014, President Obama announced a dramatic shift in policy toward normalizing diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, and this week the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Commerce are beginning to implement these changes.  New measures will facilitate travel to Cuba for authorized purposes, provision of travel services by authorized travel agents and airlines, certain financial transactions, and previously restricted activities in areas such as telecommunications, financial services, trade, and shipping will be permitted. Travisa is monitoring this situation closely and things continue to change, and we are in constant contact with the Cuban Interests Section and Cuban Consulate and US Treasury Department in Washington DC.

Weekly Feature: PREPARING FOR TAKEOFF - AIR TRAVEL TRENDS 2015


Booking domestic and International flights can be a long and arduous task.  It can take the excitement out of an upcoming vacation, or be the final nail in the metaphorical coffin for a business trip.  However, despite all of the cryptic booking websites and add on fees, there seems to be some consistent trends in cost, booking times and legroom options that could help you, the traveler, better understand when to purchase tickets, what options to include and what prices you can expect for your 2015 adventures.


In an all-inclusive study recently published the Airlines Reporting Corporation we can find data that suggests several key points:

While it is impossible to guarantee when travelers can find the lowest fares, buying at least two months in advanced for domestic travel and six months in advanced for international travel puts you in the best position to get a good deal.  

Tuesday appears to remain the best day of the week to find low fares on air travel booked at least three weeks in advanced.

The gap in price between premium and economy cabin tickets is shrinking! Generally speaking, premium cabin air tickets are not as expensive as many travelers assume.

Overall, increased demand in 2015 is being met with increased capacity, couple that with a drop in fuel prices and you should see lower air ticket prices to most North American and European destinations.

Ticket Prices


Conventional wisdom dictates that, generally, the earlier tickets are purchased, the cheaper the ticket.  This has been true for decades and is still true today.  What is really happening behind the scenes is airlines revenue-management systems generally increase ticket prices as the departure date nears.  Still, the question remains; How early should travelers book?  According to ARC data, the lowest ticket prices on most domestic tickets have been seen between 50 and 100 days before departure.  The same data indicated that for low fares on international travel, travelers should consider booking even earlier, between 150 and 225 days prior to departure.  During this window the average international ticket price was $1,035, more than $300 less than the overall average.  The lowest average international price could be found 171 days prior to departure. It may be important to note that Hawaii was an anomaly; travelers received the best deals when they booked one to three weeks in advanced.

Distinguishing Value Between Seating Classes

It looks like the fare gap between premium and coach seating is becoming less and less noticeable.  And 2015 is showing an even smaller fare gap than years previous.  Put simply, first class experiences may no longer be out of reach for travelers.  

This does not mean there is not an added expense to traveling in premium seats.  However it does mean on short flights in North American the ARC has calculated that the fare gap has shrunk from 120% of the economy seat price to 55% of the economy seat price.  And for some, the added space is well worth the cost.  

Overall we can look forward to a more affordable trip in 2015.  Some popular vacation spots like Rome are expecting a 5.8% decline in ticket prices between January and April of next year.  And with major Delta Airline expansions, domestic flights will see an increased
availability alongside a potential 2.7% decrease in air fare.  Of course, with all projections there is a margin of error.  But things are looking good! Now is the time to look at flights and dust off that passport!

Happy New Year and Safe travels to all of our Travisa clients, friends and family!

Conde Nast Traveler: 6 Cruise Itineraries Across Asia That You Should Embark On in 2015

With the year coming to an end, we thought we’d get plans for 2015 started with a look at next year’s cruises through Asia. Pairing together places such as Singapore with Bali and Mynamar with Tokyo, we couldn’t get enough of all the offerings available next year. We handpicked six of our favorites to share to give you a little bit of wanderlust for the continent filled with ancient wonders, mouth-watering cuisine and a deeply spiritual heritage. Here's what we discovered:

Click here to read more

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Consulate and Embassy Closings

Atlanta

  • France - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • India - Closed January 26th
  • Japan - Closed January 19th
  • Peru - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Switzerland - Closed January 19th, February 16th

Boston

  • Brazil - Closed January 19th
  • Canada - Closed February 16th
  • France - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Germany - Closed January 19th
  • Ireland - Closed February 16th
  • Italy - Closed January 19th
  • Japan - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Korea (South) - Closed January 19th
  • Mexico - Closed January 19th, February 16th

Chicago

  • Brazil - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Bulgaria - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Canada - Closed February 16th
  • Croatia - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Germany - Closed January 19th
  • India - Closed January 26th
  • Spain - Closed February 16th
  • Turkey - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Venezuela - Closed January 19th, February 16th

Houston

  • Brazil - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • China - Closed January 19th
  • France - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Germany - Closed January 19th
  • Japan - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Saudi Arabia - Closed January 19th
  • US Passport Agency - Closed January 19th

London

  • Australia - Closed January 23rd
  • India - Closed January 26th
  • Serbia - Closed February 16th
  • Sri Lanka - Closed February 4th

Los Angeles

  • Australia - Closed February 16th
  • Bolivia - Closed January 19th, January 22nd, February 16th
  • Brazil - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Bulgaria - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Canada - Closed February 16th
  • Croatia - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • France - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Germany - Closed January 19th
  • Israel - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Japan - Closed January 19th, February 12th, February 13th
  • Philippines - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Poland - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • South Africa - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Thailand - Closed January 19th, February 16th

Miami

  • Argentina - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Brazil - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • France - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Germany - Closed January 19th
  • Italy - Closed January 19th
  • Japan - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Trinidad and Tobago - Closed January 19th

New York

  • Bangladesh - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Brazil - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Bulgaria - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Canada - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Chile - Closed January 19th
  • China - Closed January 19th, January 30th, February 2nd, February 3rd
  • Croatia - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Germany - Closed February 16th
  • India - Closed January 26th
  • Indonesia - Closed January 19th
  • Japan - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Kenya - Closed January 19th
  • Lithuania - Closed February 16th
  • Luxembourg - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Malaysia - Closed January 19th
  • Myanmar - Closed January 19th
  • Nigeria - Closed January 19th
  • Poland - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Serbia - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Singapore - Closed February 16th
  • South Africa - Closed January 19th
  • Spain - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Sweden - Closed February 16th
  • Switzerland - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Thailand - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Turkey - Closed January 19th
  • Uruguay - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • US Passport Agency - Closed January 19th

Ottawa

  • Angola - Closed February 4th
  • Australia - Closed January 26th
  • Indonesia - Closed January 19th

San Francisco

  • Brazil - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Canada - Closed January 19th
  • China - Closed January 19th
  • India - Closed January 26th
  • Italy - Closed January 19th
  • Philippines - Closed January 19th
  • Vietnam - Closed January 19th

Toronto

  • Germany - Closed February 9th
  • India - Closed January 26th

Washington

  • Algeria - Closed January 19th
  • Angola - Closed February 4th
  • Argentina - Closed February 16th
  • Australia - Closed January 26th, February 16th
  • Bangladesh - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Belgium - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Brazil - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Bulgaria - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Cambodia - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Canada - Closed January 19th
  • China - Closed January 19th
  • Croatia - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • D.R. Congo - Closed January 19th
  • Germany - Closed February 16th
  • Indonesia - Closed January 19th
  • Iran - Closed February 11th
  • Iraq - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Ireland - Closed January 19th
  • Japan - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Mozambique - Closed February 3rd
  • Namibia - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Norway - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Pakistan - Closed January 19th
  • Peru - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Qatar - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Slovak Republic - Closed February 16th
  • South Africa - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Sweden - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Switzerland - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Thailand - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Turkey - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Venezuela - Closed January 19th, February 16th
  • Vietnam - Closed January 19th, February 16th

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