Visa and Passport Updates

May 11, 2017

CIBT Visa News

Mobile Passport Control - Start the U.S. Entry Process from Your Smart Phone
Mobile Passport Control is a free app that U.S. citizens and Canadian visitors can use to expedite their entry into the United States. This is the first app authorized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and enables travelers to create a profile with their passport information and pre-answer the CBP inspection related questions. See the full list of participating international airports and check out CIBTvisas for any of your other visa and passport related needs. 
                                                         
Destination Spotlight – Planning a Trip to Indonesia?

Indonesia has the largest economy in Southeast Asia and is gaining a reputation as a standout in the global economy. Business and pleasure go hand in hand in this country, which is home to a plethora of breathtaking beaches, ancient ruins, and the rare Komodo dragon. U.S. nationals are visa exempt up to 30 days, but are required to carry certain documents during their stay. Visits lasting longer than 30 days will require a visa. Click here to see your visa requirements and document needs, and start planning your trip to Indonesia today with CIBT

Cautionary Alert Issued for U.S. Citizens Traveling Throughout Europe
In response to the recent and widely reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, the U.S. Department of State has issued an alert for U.S. citizens about the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe. The State Department recommends that U.S. citizens travel with caution and should always be aware of the possibility of terrorist attacks. Our Embassy Registration service provides travelers with important information about safety conditions in the country you are visiting and can help you make informed decisions about your travel plans. This service also allows the local U.S. Embassy to contact you should any unexpected event occur during your trip. Embassy Registration allows you to stay informed, connected, and safe. Register today

Need a Document Legalized?
We have the right tools to help you. Legalizing a document can be a complicated and confusing task if you don't know how to do it. Each country has its own requirements and procedures depending on the document being legalized. Our specialists work with official government agencies and embassies and have the experience needed to assure your documents are properly legalized. Learn more about our Legalization Services.

Consular Updates

Russia Processing Times in D.C.
The processing time for Russian visa applications in D.C. has decreased. Travelers can now obtain their Russian visas faster than before. Click here to get started.

Japan - Business Requirements in Chicago
Travelers are now required to submit additional documentation in order to secure a business visa for Japan. Please check our website to see up to date requirements for your trip to Japan. 

Photograph Requirements
Consulates often request that photographs are added in a particular manner for visa applications. Some request that your photograph be stapled or glued, while others strictly prohibit any altering of the photograph by staples, glue, or tape. Travelers should pay close attention to these requirements when submitting their applications to avoid processing delays.  

Consular Closings

United States
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May 4, 2017

CIBT Visa News

Cautionary Alert Issued for U.S. Citizens Traveling Throughout Europe
In response to the recent and widely reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, the U.S. Department of State has issued an alert for U.S. citizens about the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe. The State Department recommends that U.S. citizens travel with caution and should always be aware of the possibility of terrorist attacks. Our Embassy Registration service provides travelers with important information about safety conditions in the country you are visiting and can help you make informed decisions about your travel plans. This service also allows the local U.S. Embassy to contact you should any unexpected event occur during your trip. Embassy Registration allows you to stay informed, connected, and safe. Register today


Destination Spotlight – Planning a Trip to Vietnam?
Over the last 30 years, Vietnam has experienced rapid economic growth, transforming the country from one of the poorest nations to a lower middle-income state. Each year, tourists flock to Vietnam to experience the iconic cities, like Ho Chi Mihn, and natural wonders, like Ha Long Bay. All U.S. nationals require a visa to enter Vietnam and CIBT can help. Click here to see what your visa requirements are and start planning your trip to Vietnam today.

Need a Document Legalized?
We have the right tools to help you. Legalizing a document can be a complicated and confusing task if you don't know how to do it. Each country has its own requirements and procedures depending on the document being legalized. Our specialists work with official government agencies and embassies and have the experience needed to assure your documents are properly legalized. Learn more about our Legalization Services.

Real ID Act - Effective January 22, 2018
Beginning in January, 2018, some state IDs will no longer permit you to board a domestic flight. Currently, some states are compliant, some have received extensions, and some are not compliant. Click here to see the status of your state. If your state license is not compliant, you can use a passport in lieu of a valid state ID. CIBT can secure or renew your passport in as little as one business day. 
Learn more about our passport services here

Consular Updates

Consulate of China in San Francisco - Visa Application Photo Requirements
Effective as of May 1st, the consulate of China in San Francisco is now strictly enforcing new photo requirements. These changes include size requirements and photos must now be taken within the last 6 months, among other changes. Visit our website to obtain the latest requirements and start your China visa application.

Consular Closings

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

April 27, 2017

CIBT Visa News

Real ID Act - Effective January 22, 2018
Beginning in January, 2018, some state IDs will no longer permit you to board a domestic flight. Currently, some states are compliant, some have received extensions, and some are not compliant. Click here to see the status of your state. If your state license is not compliant, you can use a passport in lieu of a valid state ID. CIBT can secure or renew your passport in as little as one business day. Learn more about our passport services here

Visa on Arrival Introduced for Indian Nationals Visiting the UAE
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Federal Cabinet has announced that Indian nationals are now eligible for the UAE's visa on arrival scheme, provided that they have at least six months' validity remaining on their passport and hold either a valid U.S. visa or U.S. Permanent Residence (Green Card). Click here to see your updated visa requirements


Destination Spotlight – Planning a Trip to India?
India's economy is 7th in the world and growing, drawing not only international business, but tourists as well. All U.S. nationals require a visa to enter India. Whether you are conducting business, or visiting the Taj Mahal, CIBT can help you with all of your visa needs. Click here to see your visa requirements and start planning your trip today with CIBT

Increase in Passport Applications is Expected Through 2018
10 years ago, the U.S. Government required passports for travel throughout the Western Hemisphere. Today, millions of those passports are up for renewal resulting in a processing surge. The U.S. Passport Office is warning of delays. CIBT can process a new passport in as little as a day.
 Renew your passport with CIBT today.

Consular Updates

International Labor Day Closings
Many consulates nationwide will be closed Monday, May 1, 2017 in observance of International Labor Day. Please plan accordingly if you have any pressing passport or visa application needs. Click here to see all of the consular closings, and visit the CIBT website to get started on your visa application today. 

Consular Closings

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

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