The world of passports and visas can be very overwhelming, but it is an extremely important part of your travel that requires advance planning and a little bit of know-how. Luckily for our Atlas Travel clients (both corporate and leisure), we have people on staff who know all the tricks and tips to make sure you can travel with certainty, all your paperwork in hand.
Jane Davis, a Corporate Support Consultant at Atlas Travel, put together the following list of basic passport and visa information to get you started. Plus, she outlined some of the services that Atlas is able to provide to make your life a lot easier. Take a look!
Atlas Travel can assist with the process of US Passports. The most common needs are passport renewals and adding visas pages.
- Your passport must always match the name on your ticket. You are no longer allowed to travel with a name change document such as a marriage certificate.
- Some countries require that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met and you could be denied entry into the country.
- You should have at least 2-4 blank visas pages in your passport when traveling internationally. Some countries require a certain number of blank pages and will deny you entry if you don’t meet their requirement.
- Children of all ages are required to have a passport.
- If a minor is traveling with just one parent they are required to have a notarized letter from the parent not traveling authorizing travel.
- If a minor is traveling with another family they are required to have a notarized letter from both parents authorizing travel.
- A US Passport Card can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports of entry. Please remember for no reason can a passport card be used for international travel by air.
Atlas Travel can assist with the visa process for US citizens, permanent residents of the United States and foreign passport holders with US work visas.
- US citizens are required to have a visa to enter some foreign countries. Your passport must be valid for at least six months to apply for a visa. Your original passport must be submitted to that countries embassy or consulate along with other required documents.
- The processing time varies by country. Some countries stipulate what consulate your visa must be processed, for example India, Brazil and now China must be processed in your residential jurisdiction.
Atlas Travel cannot assist with the visa process for a foreign citizen coming to the United States.
- Citizens of many foreign countries are required to have a visa to enter the United States. If you have someone coming to the United States they should contact the US Embassy in their country to inquire if they are in need of a visa and how long it will take to process. Some US Embassies have a wait time for an interview appointment.
Do you have a passport or visa question? Leave it in our comments for consideration and Jane will help answer them this week!