Visas and Passports

What Are These Documents? What Do You Need To Know?

We love to travel, and 2020 was supposed to be a big travel year for us. Like the rest of you, that hasn't happened. 

We're still dreaming about travel, reading about new destinations, and making (tentative) plans for the future. We hope all of you are well and staying safe... and that you find some inspiration here for YOUR future travels.

With vaccines arriving, let's hope we can be traveling again in 2021!

Visas and passports...   ...passports and visas.

Together they are the official permission for citizens of the world to travel...

...and that's what we're trying to encourage you to do... travel!

You're responsible for these documents and permissions when you travel abroad.

It's up to you to know the rules for each country.

If you're new to international travel, the paper work and documentation may sound confusing.

Can you believe it...

...Its a fact that not that many Americans have passports.

OK... seriously, I know you know what a passport is... but...


When do you need one?

How do you get one?

All countries issue their own passports to their citizens. Passports offer proof of identity and citizenship. Citizens of all counties need passports to travel internationally with certain exceptions. (Like the EU)

visas and passports for international travel

Some countries may require you to get a visa stamped into your passport before you travel. This is permission for you to enter from the country you are traveling to.

We tried to break this down for you, so check the page below that you think will help with your questions:

Visas and Passports... And Other Documents

Check the pages listed below to find answers.

Passports and Visas and Documents

Passports and Visas - What You Need To Know

Passports

What Is A Passport

Passports - How To Get A Passport

What Do Passports Cost?

Acceptable Identification Document - What Qualifies?

Collecting Passport Stamps

Visas

What Is A Visa? Answers to What? How? and When?

All About Visas

Getting A Visa - How Do You Get One?

Visa Requirements - What Do You Need To Get One?

Other Documents

U. S. Passport Card


U. S. Travel Authorization

If you want to travel, you're going to need a passport and depending on where you're going, you might need a visa.

It only sounds complicated because this is official government "stuff".... and you know how governments are.

Don't let all of this scare you into staying home. Getting visas and passports just takes making one step at a time. Get the passport first. You need that anyway. If you need a visa, read our page on that.... soon it will be stamped in your passport...

US Passports can take 4 to 6 weeks to get, so start early.  Why not start now?!

Then gather all your documents together. Keep them safe when you're on the road. Wear your money belt (I'll say this often... I want you to get this!!!)

travel safety tips- wear a money beltWhen you travel, keep documents and money safe. Wear your money belt!

Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark

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Thanks, Judy and Mark

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The New Year is here...
And we're ready to put 2020 behind us.
What are your resolutions? To lose weight? To Exercise more?
We're hoping for an end to this virus and the travel restrictions so...
Why not a FUN resolution!
Resolve to TRAVEL!
It's a good time to plan your travels...

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NOW is the time to start planning for a great trip this year.

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