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Can You Still Use A Visa After Your Passport Has Expired?

October 31st, 2009

Many countries issue visas that are good for a number of years.  That means that it’s entirely possible to end up with a visa that expires after your passport. What happens if your passport is expired but your visa is still valid?

The answer depends on the type of visa in question and the country that issued it.  However, in most cases, you can use a valid visa even if your passport is expired.  You do need to renew your passport, though.

When you renew your passport, you can usually do one of two things. The first option is to carry the old passport with your visa in it along with your new passport. However, when you travel, you’ll have to be very careful to keep track of both passports. If you lose your new passport, you’ll be stuck trying to get a new one in a foreign country. If you lose your old passport, you will have to get a new visa.

However, some countries offer an additional option, allowing you to apply to have your visa transferred to the new passport. The advantage of going this route is that you only have to keep track of one passport on your trip. The disadvantage is that you’ll have to send in both the old passport and the new passport to get the visa transferred, and you need to make sure to send them in well before your trip.

Each country is different-before you try to travel, make sure to double-check what the requirements are in your specific situation.  RushMyTravelVisa can help-we’ll research the requirements of the country that issued your visa, and we can help you get it transferred.  Or, if you need to apply for a new visa, we can help you with that.

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Getting a Suriname Visa

October 29th, 2009

Suriname is a tiny country on the coast of South America. A former Dutch colony that only became independent in 1975, Suriname is still largely undeveloped.

The main reason to come to Suriname is the rainforest. According to Wikipedia, approximately 80% of the original rainforest still remains intact.  To preserve the natural beauty of the country, Suriname has designated several national parks.  Two of the most memorable are Central Suriname Nature Reserve and Galibi Nature Reserve.

Central Suriname Nature Reserve is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Encompassing both highland and lowland forest, it is home to an extremely diverse selection of plants and animals, including jaguars, giant armadillos, giant river otters, tapir, sloths and eight species of primates. There are also tropical birds in abundance, including eagles, parrots and the Guiana cock-of-the-rock.

Meanwhile, at Galibi, you can see something that is sadly becoming less and less common on the condo-studded beaches of the USA-dozens of sea turtles coming to shore to dig nests in the sand and lay eggs.  The best time to go turtle-watching is between April and August.

To get to Suriname, you must apply in advance for a Suriname visa. Here’s what you’ll need to get a tourist visa:

  • Your  US passport.
  • A completed Suriname visa application.
  • 1 passport photo.
  • A copy of your round-trip plane tickets.
  • All necessary fees.

RushMyTravelVisa.com can help you research the visas you need for your trip, whether you’re just going to Suriname or whether you’ll be stopping somewhere else along the way.

We’ll also help ensure you get your Suriname visa on time by assisting you with the paperwork and expediting your visa. You’ll be assigned a visa specialist and receive clear, detailed instructions to help you with your application.  Then, we’ll expedite your visa with the embassy for the fastest possible processing.

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Types of Sri Lankan Visas

October 28th, 2009

Sri Lanka is an island paradise  of mountains, rainforestdes and temples, fringed by picture -perfect tropical beaches. With the defeat of the insurgent group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam earlier this year, the country’s popularity as a travel destination is back on the rise.

Americans traveling to Sri Lanka definitely need a visa, but the type of visa you’ll need depends on the circumstances of your stay. Here’s a brief overview of the different types of Sri Lankan visas:

  • Tourist (or visit) visa: Tourist visas are issued for free on arrival for American citizens.  They are valid for up to  30 days, but you can apply for an extension in Sri Lanka if necessary.
  • Business visa: A multiple-entry visa, valid for three months or up to one year, may be issued to businesspeople or investors.
  • Diplomatic visas are issued for diplomatic visits. 
  • Multiple-entry visas: Can be issued for business or leisure and may be valid for up to 5 years. However, you must apply in advance for the visa and you cannot stay in Sri Lanka for more than 6 months at a time.
  • If you plan to work, study or live in Sri Lanka, you must apply in person at an embassy or consulate. 

The US Department of State notes that “Foreigners entering Sri Lanka on a landing/tourist visa cannot convert their visa to a non-tourist one, and risk deportation if they engage in activities other than tourism without the appropriate visa.”

So, it’s important to make sure you have the right type of visa for your trip. RushMyTravelVisa.com can research your situation and help you determine your visa needs. We can also help you with the paperwork, providing clear, easy-to-follow  instructions to help you avoid common mistakes.

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A Tanzanian Visa: Your First Step To Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

October 27th, 2009

Mt. Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, is the highest mountain in Africa,  soaring up 19,336 feet above the valley below.  The challenge of making it to the summit attracts many tourists and adventurers. A big part of the draw is the fact that Kilimanjaro is the world’s highest walkable mountain.

However, it’s important to bear in mind that “walkable” does not mean “cakewalk,” even with porters to carry your baggage.  Every year people try to conquer Kilimanjaro and fail. According to Wikipedia, each year 10 climbers and 10-20 local porters die on the mountain.

To maximize your chances of success, here’s a list of things you’ll need to do to prepare:

  • Start training. You’ll need to be in top shape to tackle Kilimanjaro.
  • Book your trip through a reputable guide service. You can’t climb Kilimanjaro without a guide, but the quality of different guide services can vary considerably.
  • Allow yourself enough time to acclimatize to the change in altitude as you climb. You are more likely to get altitude sickness and have to turn back if you try to ascend too quickly.
  • Apply for a passport early, and consider applying for a Tanzanian visa before you leave as well. You can obtain a visa on arrival, but after spending so much time on a plane, you’ll probably want to clear customs and get to your hotel as soon as possible.

Here’s what you need to get a Tanzanian tourist visa:

  • 1 completed visa application form
  • 2 passport photos
  • A copy of a  recent bank statement
  • A yellow fever vaccination certificate
  • A travel itinerary. If you don’t have one yet, you can substitute a bank statement showing a minimum balance of $2,000.
  • If you’re going on an organized tour, you will need a letter from the tour operator showing you are paid in full.

RushMyTravelVisa can research your visa needs, help you with your paperwork and submit your application to the right embassy or consulate for the fastest possible processing.  With RushMyTravelVisa.com, you can ensure your trip gets off to a good start.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Kilimanjaro

Do You Need a Panama Visa to Visit Panama?

October 25th, 2009

Unlike other countries in Central America such as Costa Rica or Belize, Panama is not yet a well-known tourist destination. However, that may be changing-Wikipedia reports that tourism to Panama has been steadily increasing over the last few years.

It’s easy to see why-Panama is covered with lush, green cloud forests and fringed by picture-perfect white sand beaches.  It is also surrounded by tropical islands, including the island used to film the original Survivor!

If great views are what you crave,  check out Parque Nacional Volcán Barú,where you can climb to the top of a dormant volcano, Volcán Barú.  If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see all the way to the coast on both the Pacific and Caribbean sides of the country!

If you’re looking for wilderness, you might check out Parque Internacional la Amistad, located on the border with Costa Rica. This enormous park encompasses a variety of local habitats and protects many different species of plants and animals-so many, in fact, that it’s been a World Heritage site since 1984.  Among the animals that flourish in the park: anteaters, tapirs (a relative of the elephant), jaguars, mountain lions, ocelots, and many different types of birds, fish, insects, reptiles and amphibians.

To visit Panama, you may or may not need a Panama visa.  US citizens arriving in Panama by air have the option to purchase a tourist card in the airport. The card may even be provided by the airline and included in your ticket fees. If you’ll be stopping in Panama on a cruise, you don’t need visa or a tourist card unless you want to get off the boat. Your cruise line should provide a tourist card for you.

However, you can also apply for a multi-entry visa at a Panamanian embassy or consulate  before you leave.  And if you plan on crossing into Panama by land, you will definitely need to have your visa before you leave for your trip.

Here’s what you need to get a Panama tourist visa:

  • A valid US passport
  • 1 completed Panama visa application
  • 1 passport photo
  • A copy of your itinerary.
  • A copy of your plane tickets (if you’re flying in)
  • A  letter if invitation or a copy of your hotel reservation.
  • A  copy of your bank statement.

RushMyTravelVisa.com can help you through the visa application process. You’ll work with a visa specialist and get clear, easy-to-follow instructions to guide you through the paperwork, preventing common mistakes that could interfere with your application. Then, we submit your application to the embassy for you for the fastest possible processing.

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