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International Visas Affecting Travel for U.S. Citizens

29th March, 2023

Do you have plans for international travel this year? Whether you’re a student who is looking for a fresh experience off-campus, a digital nomad who wants to fulfill their bucket list, or an entrepreneur hoping to close a deal, it's important to have an updated visa and check for visa updates. Regardless of your destination or travel purpose, understanding guidelines, limitations, and updates should be top-of-mind.

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How Damaged Can Your Passport Be?

15th March, 2023

You dropped it in a puddle, and now you have a water-damaged passport. Or maybe your dog decided it wanted a new chew toy, and now you have a mutilated passport. Can you still use your passport as it is? Or do you have to replace it? And how do you do that? Here’s everything you need to know about a damaged passport.

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CHINA UPDATE: China to Begin Issuing Tourist Visas

14th March, 2023

China is dropping its last remaining COVID bans on entry and will begin once again issuing tourist visas as of 15 March 2023. This marks the first time in three years leisure travelers will be allowed to enter the country.

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Mexico Granting Temporary Visas for Nomadic Workers

7th March, 2023

Remote work has become a new normal for countless employees. Since COVID hit globally in 2020, some employees have had the luxury of choosing where they want to work and for how long. American digital nomad workers are exploring their options, and Mexico is a top destination. The number of U.S. citizens living in Mexico continues to grow, and you could be one of them!

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What Students Need to Know When Applying for Visas Abroad

28th February, 2023

Studying abroad is a life-changing experience. Students can broaden their minds through their education and their travel experiences. They take in new cultures, food, and art while making new friends with completely different cultural experiences. As exciting as it is, there’s still a good amount of immigration paperwork to do before the school work begins. Every country requires international students to have a student visa before they’ll be allowed entry to study.

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Common Passport Errors and How to Avoid Them

24th February, 2023

Passports—the most important item for international travel, yet also one of the hardest things to receive. The application process for a passport has a small margin for error to be successful, yet the possibilities of something going wrong are limitless. Every mistake can delay the process and threaten your global travel plans.

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What To Do When Your Name Changes

30th January, 2023

Name changes are an in-depth process that require the updating of multiple legal and financial documents. You’ll also need to update immigration documents like your passport, especially if you’re planning to travel internationally. Let’s take a look at the process of changing your name.

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How to Move Out of the US: Document Checklist

17th January, 2023

Moving abroad is exciting. It could mean a new career, opportunity, or adventure. As exciting as it is though, it’s also stressful and time-consuming. Whether you’re moving to become a digital nomad in Portugal, or experience a completely different way of life in Japan, an international move takes a considerable amount of time and planning, more so than a standard cross-country move.

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China Update: Recent Changes to Quarantine Rules and Visa Processing

6th January, 2023

On December 26, 2022, the government of China announced that beginning Monday, January 9, 2023 foreign national visitors are no longer required to quarantine upon arrival.

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Immigration 101: Travel Documents

17th November, 2022

Passports, visas, electronic travel documents: do you ever get confused about what you need to travel internationally when you just want to take off and go to that perfect beach you saw on Instagram? Don’t feel bad, the range of documents required to go to foreign countries can be daunting, so let’s take a look at them now.

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Discover Japan Travel with Easing Border Restrictions

15th November, 2022

For nearly two-and-a-half years, due to the COVID pandemic, Japan’s borders were closed to visiting foreigners. But as of October 11, 2022, Japan’s beauty and culture will captivate the world once again.

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Immigrate to Portugal for a New Beginning

2nd November, 2022

Portugal has seen an uptick in foreign residents flocking to its seaside havens, with some even seeking to immigrate to Portugal. As of October 30, 2022, the country will allow workers from any country not part of the EU or European Economic Area to apply for remote work and a residency visa.

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Vietnam As Your Next Travel Destination

21st October, 2022

Are you looking for a non-European getaway during the gloomy winter months of November through March? Then it’s time for you to consider the rich culture and breathtaking landscapes of Vietnam.

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Qatar Entry Requirements Amid 2022 FIFA World Cup

14th October, 2022

The government of Qatar announced restrictions on entering the country which will go into effect on November 1st, 2022. Entry for all travelers arriving by land, sea, or air will be limited to Hayya Card holders, as part of the country’s preparation for hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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What You Need to Know About Jamaica’s New Travel Form

11th October, 2022

If you’re planning to travel to Jamaica in the near future, you’ll need to add filling out Jamaica’s new digital travel declaration form to your pre-departure to-do list. While no one wants extra paperwork to fill out before an international vacation, Jamaica aims for this new travel form to benefit all vacationers visiting the island.

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Thailand's New Visa Program for the Elite

4th October, 2022

Thailand is hoping to boost its tourism and bring wealthy visitors to its shores. To help the country rebound economically, starting September 1st, 2022 its government introduced a new visa program, targeted toward wealthy global citizens.

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Taiwan Dropping Covid-Related Visa Requirements

28th September, 2022

Taiwan is removing its final Covid-related entry restrictions and fully reopening to tourists.

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The 3 Best Affordable Honeymoon Destinations

28th September, 2022

Honeymoons, like weddings, aren’t cheap. Especially if you’re traveling to an international destination. Now, let’s take a look at some of the best affordable honeymoon destinations.

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Japan Drops COVID Requirement; Reinstates Visa Waiver

23rd September, 2022

Japan has rescind many of its pre-COVID regulations against foreign visitors and set a date for reinstatement of the visa waiver program.

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China Entry Update: APEC Approved

20th September, 2022

China has announced holders of APEC cards can now enter the country.

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The Complete U.S. to International Travel Document Checklist

19th September, 2022

The holidays are just around the corner. Are you planning to travel internationally soon? If so, there are important steps and things to do as a U.S. citizen. But don’t stress, CIBTvisas is here to help you prepare for your trip.

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What to Know About Shoulder Season Travel

13th September, 2022

Shoulder season has its own perks for travelers, with many deals on airfares and hotels now available for some of the world’s most popular travel destinations. So let's take a look at some of those perks!

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Responsible Travel: Making Eco-Friendly Decisions While Traveling

8th September, 2022

Whether it’s intentional or unintentional, we all leave traces when we travel. While we are all learning how to be more environmentally conscious, there are decisions we can make that will leave an impact for years to come on the places we visit.

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It's REAL... The REAL ID Deadline is Official

1st September, 2022

After years of delays, REAL ID enforcement is now set to begin. Anyone taking a commercial flight in the United States on or after May 3, 2023 will be required to provide REAL ID compliant identification to board any federally-regulated commercial aircraft. So what do you need to know about the REAL ID and what effects could it have on your international travel plans?

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What Fall Travel Will Look Like in 2022 And How To Prepare For It

16th August, 2022

As we head into the final stretch of summer, now is a great time to start planning and preparing for travel in the fall. Will these issues carryover into fall? How can you ensure you make it to your fall travel destination? Let’s take a look.

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Frequently Asked Questions About ETIAS, Europe's Entry System

10th August, 2022

The new ETIAS is coming in 2023 and guidelines for American travelers visiting any of the 26 countries in the Schengen zone are changing. Both seasoned and novice travelers are beginning to have questions regarding requirements and updates.

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Making International Remote Work… Work!

28th July, 2022

More employees want to work remotely in destinations abroad—but just how effective are remote work policies, and how can companies stay compliant while supporting these new employee experiences?

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Japan Reopens to Foreign Travelers, with Conditions

27th July, 2022

As the pandemic gripped the world, Japan shut its doors to outside visitors, even keeping foreign tourists from attending the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. The good news for travelers is that Japan is beginning to reopen. But that process comes with conditions.

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Update on China Entry Requirements

15th July, 2022

Recently, we shared information on current entry requirements to China. There have been further developments regarding entry requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Create Unforgettable Experiences Traveling in Brazil

12th July, 2022

Packed with beautiful beaches, flavorful cuisine, outdoor activities, and rich culture, Brazil is an international destination not to be missed.

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What You Need to Know About Visas Before Backpacking Europe

5th July, 2022

Our team at CIBTvisas is here to provide you with the necessary tips for being prepared to acquire a backpacker visa. We want you to be fully ready for the amazing journey ahead.

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CIBT and Newland Chase Attending Business Travel Show Europe 2022

27th June, 2022

Our business travel and immigration experts will be on hand to answer all your questions at the Business Travel Show Europe on June 29th and 30th at ExCeL London.

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Travel to China: An Evolving Process

24th June, 2022

You may be aware of reports that China is loosening entry restrictions for certain visa holders. It’s a confusing time when it comes to China reopening, so let’s walk through the most recent developments and China’s governmental policy changes.

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What Documentation Do You Need for a Cruise?

17th June, 2022

A cruise is a relaxing way to recharge but preparing for one can be stressful. Let’s take a look at what documents you’re going to need for your vacation on the high seas.

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5 Amazing Family Vacation Destinations in 2022

9th June, 2022

With the summer travel season beginning, you may be thinking about family vacation ideas. Now is the time to experience colorful cultures and see sights you’ve only dreamed of!

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What To Do When You Lose Your U.S. Passport

3rd June, 2022

Having your passport lost or stolen before or during an international vacation is a nightmare for travelers, and can be a tricky situation to navigate. Here’s what you need to know about replacing a missing passport.

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US Citizens: What To Know When Traveling Without A Visa

27th May, 2022

While applying for a visa can add a frustrating extra step to the process, vacation season is upon us. If you're planning your next vacation outside of the United States, there are a couple things you will want to do before booking your trip.

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How to Get Your Passport Photo Right

13th May, 2022

Not providing an acceptable passport photo could result in the rejection of your request, but, by following these helpful tips, you’ll ensure your passport photo doesn’t get your application denied.

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Changes Coming for US Travel Requirements to Europe in 2023

5th May, 2022

Starting in 2023, traveling to Europe will be a bit different. What does this mean for tourists from the U.S. with plans to go to Europe in 2023 and beyond? Let's take a look.

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Will I Need an ETIAS as a US Citizen?

4th April, 2022

Our team is here to give you everything you need to know about ETIAS and travel requirements for Americans heading to Europe in 2023.

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Getting Your Bahamas Travel Health Visa

25th March, 2022

Everyone entering the Bahamas, whether to enjoy the tropical weather or conduct business, must apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa. The steps for the application process can be a little tricky, let’s take a look.

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10 Places Vaccinated Travelers Can Go Without Taking A Coronavirus Test

16th March, 2022

Here are ten of the top international travel destinations, and their current requirements for entry.

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Passport Renewal Fees: What You Need to Know

22th February, 2022

Let’s take a look at the different fees associated with renewing your passport, so when your renewal time comes you’ll know exactly how much money you’ll be sending Uncle Sam.

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Expedited Passport Renewal Timelines

22th February, 2022

Whether you’ve been carefully planning a long-awaited international trip or some last-minute emergency travel just appeared, one travel truth is clear: you need a valid U.S. Passport.

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How To Get A Rush Passport If Mine’s No Longer Valid

18th February, 2022

The adage—that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line—holds true for geometry. But not for international travel . . . . especially not these days.

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