Blog Blog Alerts Archives


Need a Passport? can expedite your passport renewal or expedite a new, second, lost, damaged, stolen, or child passport in as quick as 1 day.

View Requirements >
Recent Posts
Order a U.S. Passport

Archive for the ‘Alerts’ Category

Is it Safe to Get an Egyptian Visa?

April 24th, 2011
Tourism in Egypt ground to a halt during the revolution. Now, 2 months after the Egyptian people swept Mubarak from power, the country is once again open for business. As Egypt tries to woo back tourists, prices have dropped substantially, turning a trip to see the pyramids into a tempting bargain. But is it safe? Gadling spoke with several tour operators in the region and came away with the impression that yes, Egypt is now safe for tourists again. For example, Abercrombie and Kent told them that "the situation has improved dramatically in recent weeks. The U.S. State Department has softened its Travel Warning and both the French and the British have updated their cautions. Airports and financial institutions are functioning normally and popular tourist sites are open - and remarka


Friendly Reminder From the US State Department: Don’t Try to Enter North Korea Without a Visa!

August 30th, 2010
As former president Jimmy Carter returned from North Korea with a freed American prisoner, the US Department of State issued a new travel warning for the country, reminding Americans not to attempt to visit it without a North Korean visa. Although North Korea announced earlier this year that they would allow US tourists into the country year-round, that doesn't mean that it's easy for US citizens to visit the country. The travel warning notes that: "The Government of North Korea imposes heavy fines and long prison sentences with hard labor on persons who enter the country without a valid passport and a North Korean visa...Travel by U.S. citizens to North Korea is not routine, and U.S. citizens crossing into North Korea without proper documentation, even accidentally, have been subjec


Is It Safe to Get a Nigerian Visa?

July 4th, 2010
As wonderful as it would be to be able to travel the world worry-free, that simply isn't possible. Conflicts, unfriendly governments and general lawlessness can all make a destination unsafe. To help guide travelers, the US Department of State issues official travel warnings whenever it feels that the situation in a particular country has become a cause for concern. Last month, the Department of State issued a travel warning for Nigeria. Is is safe to get a Nigerian visa? To answer this question as fully as possible, let's look at the travel warning in a little bit more detail. The warning sites crime as the chief danger in Nigeria, citing the kidnappings of foreign nationals, fraud perpetrated by people dressed as government officials, shakedowns and demands from bribery by actual p


Thailand Waives Thai Visa Requirements As Country Recovers From Civil Unrest

June 24th, 2010
Lately, Thailand has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Riots and protests that pitted different political parties against each other claimed 88 lives and a lot of property in certain areas of Bangkok. The protests also prompted the US Department of State to issue  a travel advisory warning Americans against travel to Thailand. The streets of Thailand are calm again, and the travel warning has been lifted. However, Thailand's tourist industry has suffered a major disruption. Of course, the silver lining to all of this is that now that it's once again safe and pleasant to travel to Thailand, you can find some amazing travel deals there. As Gadling observes: Hesitant tourists are the unfortunate result of any political instability, no matter how short-lived. The resulting drop


Get an Indian Visa To Take Advantage of This Great Travel Deal

December 5th, 2009
Looking for a way to decompress after the holidays are over?  Travelzoo is offering a package that can help you get away for a spring break in India for just $999 for an eight day trip. The $999 covers airfare, hotels, breakfast, and tours of the major attractions of three Indian cities: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. You'll see the Taj Mahal, ancient temples and more. And yes, the deal even includes an elephant ride! For more details about the trip and for b0oking instructions, check out Jaunted. Ready to get away this spring? To take advantage of this awesome deal, you will need both a valid passport and an Indian tourist visa.  Here’s what you need to get the visa: A current US passport 2 matching, recent passport photos An Indian visa application form. When you c