We recommend you take care of your passport the second you book your tour. Read this page to get information on how to get a passport or how to renew an existing passport. Visas are also necessary for travel to many countries and should be taken care of immediately. Below, find a list of countries that require travel visas and information on how to obtain one.
Please note that the following information applies to United States citizens. If you are not a citizen of the United States, Explorica highly recommends you contact your country’s embassy to determine your passport status, and to determine any tour destinations that may require visas as those requirements may differ from the United States’.
Obtain a Passport
You must have a valid passport to leave and reenter the country; this includes trips to Canada and Mexico.
Visit the U.S. State Department Passport Information page for complete information on how to apply for a new passport.
Just remember to begin your application process at least 4-8 weeks before your departure date to ensure that your passport arrives on time. Once you have begun the application process, the U.S. State Department allows you to track the status of your application on their website.
Renew Your Passport
Even if you have a passport, if it has passed its expiration date it is no longer considered valid and you will not be allowed to leave the country. Make sure you check your passport’s expiration date which can be found on the data page in your passport (the page that has your picture on it!). Passports are valid for 5 years for minors under the age of 16 and 10 years for those aged 16 and older.
If your passport has passed its expiration date, visit the U.S. State Department Passport Information page for complete information on how to renew your passport.
Additionally, some countries will not allow travelers to enter their country if they have less than 6 months of validity left on their passport. To check if any of the countries you are visiting have this requirement, visit the U.S. State Department International Travel Information page for country specific information.
A visa is an official travel document that allows an individual to enter and travel through a foreign country. Some countries require that travelers obtain a visa before they are allowed entry into their country.
Obtain a Visa
You must have a valid passport before you can obtain a visa, so it is very important to apply for or renew your passport well in advance.
Some countries require that you obtain official authorization (called a visa) before entering their country.
Usually, there is a fee required. You are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas. To learn more about the visa requirements for the country you are visiting, please visit the website of the country’s consular service.
IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO BE IN POSSESSION OF THE PROPER TRAVEL DOCUMENTS FOR YOUR TOUR. PARTICIPANTS ARRIVING AT THE AIRPORT WITHOUT PROPER DOCUMENTATION MAY BE DENIED BOARDING AND WOULD NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR A REFUND.
SINCE REQUIREMENTS VARY FOR EACH NATIONALITY, WE RECOMMEND ALL TRAVELERS VERIFY THEIR INDIVIDUAL NATIONALITY REQUIREMENTS WITH A VISA SERVICE PROVIDER SUCH AS Passport Visas Express (US citizens only), Visa Central (most citizenships) OR YOUR LOCAL CONSULATES for the countries of your destinations.