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The ability to obtain a visa upon arrival in Turkey is ending as of April 14, 2014. We can obtain a traditional visa, stamped in your Passport or an e-Visa which is separate sheet of paper - see our Turkey page for details.

China is now issuing 10-year visas for most US Passport holders.

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative

20 December 2007

The U.S. State Department has recently announced the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. All travelers to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Canada, and Mexico will be required to have a passport or other accepted document that establishes the bearer's identity and nationality to enter or re-enter the United States. All U.S. citizens who do not currently possess valid passports will be affected. The goal is to strengthen border security and facilitate entry into the U.S for U.S. citizens and legitimate foreign visitors. This initiative will be rolled out in phases:

  • December 31, 2006
    Passport or other accepted document required for all air and sea travel to or from Mexico, Canada, Central and South American, Bermuda, and the Caribbean.
  • January, 2008
    Passport or other accepted document required for all air, sea and land border crossings. The State Department has started to issue a "Passport Card" which is between a passport and a State ID. American Visa is not processing these but contact us for more info.