Visa and Passport Updates

December 08, 2016

CIBT Visa News

Visa Application Tips To Avoid Delays
When completing your visa application form, make sure you submit a typed application with only capital letters. While some consulates may accept applications with upper and lower case letters, many will reject applications that do not follow their instructions. The Consulate of China in Los Angeles for instance rejects applications containing lower case letters or handwritten forms. Avoid having to redo and resubmit your visa application by using our Document Preparation Service. Simply provide answers to all of the fields in the Document Preparation Service form included in your application kit and a senior CIBT Specialist will work with you to ensure your documentation is accurately completed. Start your application today.

Holiday Travel Tips For U.S. Nationals
With the holiday season approaching, U.S. nationals with international travel plans should ensure they have all necessary documents such as a valid passport to enter their destination and possess a valid visa, if applicable. When re-entering the United States remember to declare goods acquired abroad. The U.S. government recommends that you register your trip with the U.S. Embassy in the country you plan to visit. Registration notifies the U.S. Embassy in each country of your travel plans and enrolls you in the State Department travel advisory and warnings program. Learn more and register.

Avoid The Holiday Rush, Renew Your Passport Soon
Ten years ago the U.S. State Department and Homeland Security started the Western Hemisphere Initiative for passports. Hundreds of thousands of Americans secured a passport to travel abroad and those passports are starting to expire. Additionally, the U.S. Passport Offices is about to begin its busy holiday season. Don’t get caught with an expiring passport. Renew today in as little as one business day.

Driving Abroad? Get An International Driving Permit Before Your Go 
Planning to rent a car or drive a private vehicle abroad? Get an International Driving Permit. Police may impose fines if you drive without one and rental companies are recommending and even requiring an International Driving Permit. It's recognized in over 150 countries and serves as additional source of identification. It's a quick and easy process. Download your application today.

Consular Updates

Consulate Of Myanmar In New York – New Visa Requirements
Effective immediately, the Consulate of Myanmar in New York requires travelers of all nationalities to submit a hotel confirmation along with their visa application. This new requirement is valid for all visa types. Apply today for your Myanmar visa.

Consulate Of Belarus In Washington, D.C. Implements New Consular Fees
Effective immediately, the Consulate of Belarus in Washington, D.C. has implemented new consular fees for a variety of visa types. Visit our website to obtain the latest requirements and fees.

Consular Closings

United States
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December 01, 2016

CIBT Visa News

Holiday Travel Tips For U.S. Nationals
With the holiday season approaching, U.S. nationals with international travel plans should ensure they have all necessary documents such as valid passport to enter their destination and possess a valid visa, if applicable. When re-entering the United States remember to declare goods acquired abroad. The U.S. government recommends that you register your trip with the U.S. Embassy in the country you plan to visit. Registration notifies the U.S. Embassy in each country of your travel plans and enrolls you in the State Department travel advisory and warnings program. Learn more and register.

Avoid The Holiday Rush, Renew Your Passport Soon
Ten years ago the U.S. State Department and Homeland Security started the Western Hemisphere Initiative for passports. Hundreds of thousands of Americans secured a passport to travel abroad and those passports are starting to expire. Additionally, the U.S. Passport Offices is about to begin its busy holiday season. Don’t get caught with an expiring passport. Renew today in as little as one business day.

Canada Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) Strictly Enforced – Apply Today
The Government of Canada is strictly enforcing required nationals to possess an ETA before flying into or transiting through Canada. U.S. nationals are exempt from needing an ETA but all formerly visa exempt nationals are required to have an ETA when entering Canada by air. Having CIBT get your ETA gives you the peace of mind that you are pre-screened for travel, streamlining your entry into Canada. The ETA covers multiple entries, is valid for up to five years and does not require proof of travel. Get your Canada ETA today.

Driving Abroad? Get An International Driving Permit Before Your Go 
Planning to rent a car or drive a private vehicle abroad? Get an International Driving Permit. Police may impose fines if you drive without one and rental companies are recommending and even requiring an International Driving Permit. It's recognized in over 150 countries and serves as additional source of identification. It's a quick and easy process. Download your application today.

Consular Updates

Consulate Of China In New York – New Requirement For Tourist Visa
Effective immediately, the Consulate of China in New York requires applicants who are applying for a tourist visa and are self-employed to include a brief letter containing their company profile and job description. This is an informal letter and should be included with your visa application. This new requirement is valid for all nationalities. Visit our website to obtain more details and start your visa application.

Consular Closings

United States
Visit consular closings to see the complete list of U.S. closures.

November 22, 2016

CIBT Visa News

Traveling Overseas For The Holidays? Get Your Passport Renewed Today
The holiday season is just around the corner and the US Passport Office is already extending processing times due to high demands. If you’re traveling overseas we recommend that you check the validity of your passport before booking your trip. If your document is about to expire have CIBT expedite your passport request. We can renew your passport in as little as a day. Renew your passport today.

Canada Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) Strictly Enforced – Apply Today
The Government of Canada is strictly enforcing required nationals to possess an ETA before flying into or transiting through Canada. US nationals are exempt from needing an ETA but all formerly visa exempt nationals are required to have an ETA when entering Canada by air. Having CIBT get your ETA gives you the peace of mind that you are pre-screened for travel, streamlining your entry into Canada. The ETA covers multiple entries, is valid for up to five years and does not require proof of travel. Get your Canada ETA today.

CIBT And Most Consular Offices Closed November 24-25, 2016
The CIBT offices and most consulates will be closed on November 24th – 25th in observance of Thanksgiving. Our offices will reopen on Monday, November 28, 2016. If you have imminent travel plans we recommend that you start your application today. Visit our Consular Closings page to see the complete list of closures.

Let The Local U.S. Embassy Know Your Travel Plans
The U.S. State Department recommends U.S. citizens register with the U.S. Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit. Feel more secure about your international travels by having CIBT register your trip with the U.S. Department of State. Registration notifies the US Embassy in each country of your travel plans and enrolls you in the State Department travel advisory and warnings program. Learn more and register.

Consular Updates

Consulate Of China In New York – New Requirement For Tourist Visa
Effective immediately, the Consulate of China in New York requires applicants who are applying for a tourist visa and are self-employed to include a brief letter containing their company profile and job description. This is an informal letter and should be included with your visa application. This new requirement is valid for all nationalities. Visit our website to obtain more details and start your visa application.

Consulate of Belarus in Washington, D.C. Introduces New Visa Application
The Consulate of Belarus in Washington, D.C. has introduced a new visa application. Travelers should ensure to use the latest form when applying for a visa. Visit our website for the latest visa requirements to Belarus.

Consular Closings

United States
Visit consular closings to see the complete list of U.S. closures.

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