Planning an around-the-world trip? Not so fast. You might need a visa first. Luckily, Travel Document Systems is here to help you along the way. Why Do You Need A Visa? A visa is an endorsement that shows a person is authorized to enter, stay or leave a country for a determined length of time. Many countries require US passport holders to apply for a visa in advance while some grant visa upon entry. Countries in the Schengen Area — a coalition of 26 European countries that have officially abolished passports — allow travelers to enter the country for 90 days without a visa. Many other destinations, however, like China, Brazil, Russia, India, Nigeria, and Vietnam need a visa, regardless of how long you plan to stay. Which Countries Require a Visa? A U.S. passport holder can visit U.S. territories like Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa without a visa because they are not foreign countries. However, over a hundred countries require a tourist visa from U.S. passport holders, either in advance or upon arrival. The list of countries include, Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros Island, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Republic of Guinea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, North Korea, South Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Micronesia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Pitcairn Island, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Western Samoa, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe. To know more about the visa requirements, go to TDS expedited visa service. Why You Need the Help Of a Visa Service: Visa processing requires a lot of paperwork and a good amount of hassle. Additionally, some countries require special documentation, the absence of which can result in your visa being delayed or rejected. If you are in urgent need of a visa, TDS expedited visa service is your best option. Visa Document Pre-Check Service: Countries like Brazil, India, China, Russia, Vietnam, Nigeria, and Tanzania documentation requirements can be difficult to complete. TDS offers a document pre-check to verify all information is valid and complete. That includes a check for special requirements. For example, Russia requires U.S. passport holders to obtain a Russian Tourist Voucher or a Russian Business Invitation before they can complete their visa application. A typo, omission or an expired document can mean a denial of your visa and lay waste to your travel plans. Use TDS Document Pre-Check option to verify all documents are in order prior to sending them for submission. Visa Photo Processing: Now you do not need to skip work and stand in endless lines of department stores to get your photos taken and processed. TDS offers you the service to send in a photo from your phone camera that meets basic visa photo criteria and we will do the processing for you. Offers Online e Visa Service: Electronically issued visa, e Visas, and travel authorities, ETA Visas, are an online visa application process that allows tourists to only send in a copy of their passport, rather than the physical document, to obtain their visas. The biggest advantage of an e Visa or an ETA visa is the quick turnaround time, which can be as little as a single business day. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Travel Document Systems. Happy travels!