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Passports vs Travel Visas

Thinking of traveling abroad? Certain documentation will be needed to not only enter a foreign country, but to also return to your own upon completion of your travels.

One such document that may be required is a passport. A passport is a document which is issued by a national government as a means of identification for the person who holds it. It certifies the identity and nationality of the person listed on the document, which is important when traveling internationally.

In the United States, passports are issued through one of the State Department's 14 passport issuing centers. They also can be issued through clerks at federal and state courts, designated post offices and U.S. consular authorities in foreign countries for citizens who are living abroad. Persons applying for a passport must provide proof of citizenship and residency at the time of the application, as well as a passport-specific photo.

Passports expire every 10 years for citizens over the age of 18 and every five years for those under 18. Upon expiration, passports must be replaced if the holder wishes to continue having one. Because people change in appearance with age, passports cannot simply be renewed, but must be completely replaced, including with an updated photo of the passport holder.

However, there are some instances when a passport may not be needed, or is not the only requirement for visiting a foreign country. There are times when a travel visa may be required.

What is a travel visa and how is it different from a passport?

A travel visa is a stamp or sticker that is placed on a traveler's passport by officials of a foreign country. The travel visa grants permission for that person to visit or spend an extended period of time in that foreign country. Over 270 countries offer travel visas. The kind of visa required depends on the reason for the visit. Many countries require travel visas in order to enter and spend time within their borders. Even with a passport, there are countries which restrict travel to those who do not also possess a travel visa.

In order to obtain a travel visa, a valid passport is required. Many countries which require travel visas also require that a person possess a valid passport for at least six months prior to using it to apply for a travel visa. The U.S. Department of State offers tips and tools for applying for visas for foreign travel.. Because requirements for visas change frequently, it is best to check with the state department prior to planning any trip abroad.

Travel visas aren't just used by Americans wishing to visit other countries. They also are required for foreign citizens who wish to enter the United States. There are two types of visas issued by the U.S. government: nonimmigrant visas and immigrant visas.

Nonimmigrant visas are required for foreign guests who wish to spend an extended period of time in the United States, whether for tourism, business or personal reasons, but who intend to return to their home country.

Immigrant visas are for citizens of foreign countries who wish to relocate permanently to the United States, often for work purposes. Obtaining an immigrant visa is the first step toward applying for permanent residency.

The strongest passports in the world all come from the same region- and it's an ocean away from the US

Passport strength measures how easy it is to travel for citizens of each country. Countries in Western Europe dominate the list of strongest passports, according to financial consulting company Nomad Capitalist. The US passport allows Americans to travel ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:46:00 GMT

Lost and found: Missing passports

Update: 2:41PM THE Fiji Police Force is requesting information that could assist in locating the owners of some valuable items discovered by the Police Traffic team. The team found two passports, a black hand bag and a white purse last Friday at the ANZ ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:54:00 GMT

Tibetan travel agent held for selling fake passports

MUMBAI: The police on Monday arrested a 39-year-old Tibetan wanted in a seven-month-old case where he collected Rs 1 lakh each from two persons and promised to help them reach Paris. Yolmu Thashi (39), a travel agent who had gone into hiding after taking ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:49:00 GMT

Punish Director of Passports over acquisition delays - Prof Adei

Public Service Management expert and former head of GIMPA Professor Stephen Adei has called on government to hold the head of passports responsible over undue delays in the acquisition of passports in the country. The comment comes on the back of hints by ...

Published:  Wed, 14 Mar 2018 21:52:00 GMT

Aadhaar Necessary To Open Bank Accounts, Tatkal Passports; Clarifies UIDAI

After SC extended the deadline to link Aadhaar card to various services, UIDAI has clarified that requirement of Aadhaar for opening new bank accounts as well as applying for tatkal passports will continue. In a series of tweets, UIDAI (Unique ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Mar 2018 23:41:00 GMT

Absent-minded border guard is caught browsing social media on her phone while she stamps travellers' passports

The border guard was caught browsing a profile on Facebook while she absent-mindedly reviewed traveller's documents. Shocking footage shows her rubber-stamping the series of documents but between each one she looks at her phone again. The guard even ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Mar 2018 02:51:00 GMT

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