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March 25, 2015

Letter From the President

Jan DvorakThe most memorable aspect of the visa business is the role we get to play in the special moments of our customers' lives.  This summer, tens of thousands of people will take to the skies to spend time with their families all over the world.

A popular destinations is Saint Petersburg - possibly one of the most beautiful places on Earth.  This historic city, established by Peter the Great in the 18th century, is filled with canals and baroque bridges.  It is a magical city with a long list of attractions.  The Hermitage Museum, housed in the Winter Palace of the Romanov Dynasty, has one of world's greatest and oldest collections of art, treasure, and antiquities.  The architecture of the museum is a tourist attraction in and of itself.

UNESCO lists St. Petersburg as one of the top 10 destinations worldwide.  In order to visit St. Petersburg, every tourist needs to obtain a Russian tourist visa by receiving an invitation and a voucher.  Many travelers turn to us for help on getting said invitation. This Russian invitation service has turned into one of our most popular and effective online services. We assist thousands of tourist each week with both getting the invitation and obtaining a Russian visa.

Launching our online services was a huge undertaking and I would like to thank everybody that was involved in this project. We are continuing to program several new services that we will be adding in the near future.

Happy traveling!

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The Schengen Area and Your European Vacation

 
The Schengen Area is the area comprising 26 European countries that have abolished passport or any other type of border control in-between their common borders, also referred to as internal borders. It functions as a single country for international travel purposes, with a common visa policy. The Area is named after the Schengen Agreement. Countries in the Schengen Area have eliminated internal border controls with the other Schengen members, and strengthened external border controls with non-Schengen states. The Schengen area encourages the free movement of goods, information, money and people.

So how will this affect you and your planned trip to Poland or any other participating European nation?  Simple, you may not need as much paper work!

According to the Department of State "If you are a qualified visitor for tourism or business with a valid U.S. passport, you can apply to enter the Schengen area without a visa for a period of 90 days within each 180 day period."

Twenty-two of the twenty-eight European Union (EU) member states and all four European Free Trade Association (EFTA) member states participate in the Schengen Area. Of the six EU members that do not form part of the Schengen Area, four - Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania - are legally obliged to join the area, while the other two - Ireland and the United Kingdom - maintain opt-outs.  However US travelers do not need visas to enter Ireland or the United Kingdom, making a European backpacking trip easier than most adventurous vacation ideas!  

The next question you should ask yourself is, "What do I need to enter the Schengen area?"  The list is pretty simple, and the answers can all be found on Travisa.com.


  • A U.S. passport (with applicable visas, if needed)*, valid for at least 90 days beyond your intended date of departure from the Schengen area.
  • A justifiable reason for your travel.
  • Proof of sufficient financial resources to support yourself during your stay.
  • Compliance with any other entry requirements for each country you will visit or transit.


You can find any country specific information by clicking here!

Let Travisa guide you through your next European adventure - Cheers!

Conde Nast Traveler: Be Ready for the Next Great Airfare Deal with These 5 Tips

If you're always looking to save money on airfare (who isn't?), follow these five tips - they'll help you stay ahead of the game in terms of travel deals.

Many leisure travelers have to mind their money when it comes to booking a trip, and airfare is often the largest obstacle to clicking "purchase." The key to removing that obstacle is finding a great deal on airfare, which can seem a fool's errand considering all the websites, booking engines, and "book on Tuesday" tips on the topic.

The trick to scoring shockingly cheap flights (like our recent Kauai trip, or that $200 surprise to Abu Dhabi) isn't much more than sitting down and thinking through your travel goals so you'll be ready to whip out the credit card the moment the deals pop up.

When it comes to being prepared for an airfare deal, these five things are key:

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Consulate and Embassy Closings

Atlanta

  • Bahamas - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Brazil - Closed April 3rd
  • Canada - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • France - Closed April 3rd
  • Germany - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • India - Closed April 3rd
  • Israel - Closed April 3rd, April 10th, April 22nd
  • Nigeria - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Peru - Closed March 26th, April 2nd, April 3rd
  • Switzerland - Closed April 3rd, April 6th

Boston

  • Brazil - Closed April 3rd, April 20th
  • Canada - Closed April 3rd
  • France - Closed April 3rd
  • Germany - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Ireland - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Italy - Closed April 6th
  • Japan - Closed April 20th

Chicago

  • Australia - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Brazil - Closed April 3rd
  • Bulgaria - Closed April 10th, April 13th
  • Canada - Closed April 3rd
  • Croatia - Closed April 6th
  • Denmark - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • France - Closed April 3rd
  • Germany - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • India - Closed April 2nd, April 3rd
  • Indonesia - Closed April 3rd
  • Ireland - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Japan - Closed April 3rd
  • Peru - Closed April 2nd, April 3rd
  • South Africa - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Spain - Closed April 2nd, April 3rd
  • Thailand - Closed April 6th, April 13th
  • Venezuela - Closed April 2nd, April 3rd

Houston

  • Brazil - Closed April 3rd
  • Colombia - Closed April 2nd, April 3rd
  • France - Closed April 3rd
  • Germany - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Indonesia - Closed April 3rd
  • Japan - Closed April 3rd

London

  • Argentina - Closed April 2nd
  • Bangladesh - Closed March 26th, April 14th
  • Cyprus - Closed March 25th, April 10th, April 13th
  • Denmark - Closed April 2nd, April 3rd
  • India - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Japan - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Myanmar - Closed March 27th, April 13th, April 21st
  • Sri Lanka - Closed April 14th
  • Sweden - Closed April 3rd, April 6th

Los Angeles

  • Australia - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Azerbaijan - Closed March 25th, March 26th, March 27th
  • Brazil - Closed April 3rd
  • Bulgaria - Closed April 10th, April 13th
  • Canada - Closed April 3rd
  • Croatia - Closed April 6th
  • Finland - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • France - Closed April 6th
  • Germany - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Japan - Closed April 3rd
  • New Zealand - Closed April 3rd
  • Philippines - Closed April 2nd, April 3rd, April 9th
  • South Africa - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Thailand - Closed April 6th, April 13th

Miami

  • Brazil - Closed April 3rd
  • Canada - Closed April 3rd
  • France - Closed April 3rd
  • Germany - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Italy - Closed April 6th
  • Japan - Closed April 3rd
  • Trinidad and Tobago - Closed March 30th, April 3rd, April 6th

New York

  • Argentina - Closed April 2nd, April 3rd
  • Australia - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Bangladesh - Closed March 26th, April 14th
  • Brazil - Closed April 3rd
  • Bulgaria - Closed April 10th, April 13th
  • Canada - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Croatia - Closed April 6th
  • Czech Republic - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Denmark - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Estonia - Closed April 3rd
  • Finland - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Germany - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • India - Closed April 3rd
  • Israel - Closed April 10th
  • Jamaica - Closed April 3rd
  • Japan - Closed April 3rd
  • Lithuania - Closed April 6th
  • Myanmar - Closed March 27th
  • Poland - Closed April 6th
  • Serbia - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Singapore - Closed April 3rd
  • South Africa - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Spain - Closed April 3rd
  • Sweden - Closed April 3rd
  • Switzerland - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Thailand - Closed April 6th, April 13th
  • Trinidad and Tobago - Closed March 30th, April 3rd, April 6th
  • United Kingdom - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Uruguay - Closed April 2nd, April 3rd

Ottawa

  • Angola - Closed April 6th
  • Australia - Closed April 6th
  • Belgium - Closed April 6th
  • Czech Republic - Closed April 6th
  • Denmark - Closed April 6th
  • France - Closed April 6th
  • Germany - Closed April 6th
  • Indonesia - Closed April 6th
  • Japan - Closed April 6th
  • Korea (South) - Closed April 6th
  • Lithuania - Closed April 6th
  • Mexico - Closed April 6th
  • Philippines - Closed April 2nd, April 6th, April 9th
  • Switzerland - Closed April 6th
  • Thailand - Closed April 6th, April 13th
  • United Kingdom - Closed April 6th

San Francisco

  • Brazil - Closed April 3rd
  • Canada - Closed April 3rd
  • India - Closed April 3rd
  • Italy - Closed April 6th

Toronto

  • Brazil - Closed April 6th
  • China - Closed April 6th
  • Cyprus - Closed March 25th, April 10th, April 13th
  • France - Closed April 6th
  • Germany - Closed April 6th
  • Guyana - Closed April 6th
  • Indonesia - Closed April 6th
  • Italy - Closed April 3rd
  • Japan - Closed April 6th
  • Korea (South) - Closed April 6th
  • Sri Lanka - Closed April 6th, April 14th
  • Thailand - Closed April 6th, April 13th
  • Turkey - Closed April 6th

Washington

  • Argentina - Closed April 2nd, April 3rd
  • Australia - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Austria - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Bangladesh - Closed March 26th, April 14th
  • Botswana - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Brazil - Closed April 3rd
  • Bulgaria - Closed April 10th, April 13th
  • Cambodia - Closed April 13th
  • Canada - Closed April 3rd
  • Croatia - Closed April 6th
  • Czech Republic - Closed April 6th
  • Denmark - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Estonia - Closed April 3rd
  • Finland - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Germany - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • India - Closed April 3rd
  • Indonesia - Closed April 3rd
  • Ireland - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Jamaica - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Japan - Closed April 3rd
  • Mozambique - Closed April 7th
  • Norway - Closed April 3rd
  • Peru - Closed April 2nd, April 3rd
  • Romania - Closed April 13th
  • Slovak Republic - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • South Africa - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Sweden - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Switzerland - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Tanzania - Closed April 3rd, April 6th, April 7th
  • Thailand - Closed April 6th, April 13th
  • Uganda - Closed April 3rd, April 6th
  • Venezuela - Closed April 2nd, April 3rd
  • Zambia - Closed April 3rd, April 6th

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