The Travisa Connection
 
January 2016
Travisa Updates, Announcements and Reminders...
Update

In light of the Rio 2016 Olympics, American, Australian, Canadian and Japanese nationals going to Brazil exclusively for tourism activities, entering Brazil between June 1st and September 18th, 2016, will be eligible for a 90 day, non-extendable, unilateral visa waiver counted from the first entry within that period. It will not be necessary to have a ticket for an official game to benefit from this waiver.
Travel for any purpose other than tourism or outside of these dates will still require a visa.

Reminder

Canada introduced a new entry requirement in July that will be mandatory as of March 15, 2016, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travelers who already hold a valid Canadian visa.
Travisa started processing Canada eTA's in August and has seen much success thus far. We recommend that you apply for your eTA now, as processing times my change once there is a higher volume.
 
Consulate and Embassy Closings
Atlanta
France : Monday January 18th
Germany : Monday January 18th
India : Tuesday January 26th
Ireland : Monday January 18th
Japan : Monday January 18th
Korea (South) : Monday January 18th
Peru : Monday January 18th

Boston
Germany : Monday January 18th
Italy : Monday January 18th
Japan : Monday January 18th
Mexico : Monday January 18th
Spain : Monday January 18th

Chicago
China : Monday February 8th, Tuesday February 9th
Colombia : Monday January 18th
Croatia : Monday January 18th
France : Monday January 18th
Germany : Monday January 18th
India : Tuesday January 26th
Indonesia : Monday January 18th, Monday February 8th
Ireland : Monday January 18th
Japan : Monday January 18th, Thursday February 11th
Philippines : Monday January 18th
Serbia : Monday January 18th
Thailand : Monday January 18th
Turkey : Monday January 18th
United Kingdom : Monday January 18th

Houston
Brazil : Monday January 18th
France : Monday January 18th
Germany : Monday January 18th
India : Tuesday January 26th
Indonesia : Monday January 18th, Monday February 8th
Italy: Monday January 18th
Japan : Monday January 18th, Thursday February 11th
Norway : Monday January 18th
Venezuela : Monday January 18th

London
Australia : Monday January 25th
India : Tuesday January 26th
Vietnam: Monday February 8th, Tuesday February 9th, Wednesday February 10th, Thursday February 11th

Los Angeles
Brazil : Monday January 18th
Croatia : Monday January 18th
France : Monday January 18th
Germany : Monday January 18th
Italy : Monday January 18th
Japan : Monday January 18th
Kenya : Monday January 18th
Peru : Monday January 18th
South Africa : Monday January 18th
Thailand : Monday January 18th
Turkey: Monday January 18th
United Kingdom : Monday January 18th

Miami
Argentina : Monday February 8th, Tuesday February 9th
Brazil : Monday January 18th
Colombia : Monday January 18th
France : Monday January 18th
Germany : Monday January 18th
Italy : Monday January 18th
Japan : Monday January 18th, Thursday February 11th
Peru : Monday January 18th
Spain : Monday January 18th
United Kingdom : Monday January 18th

New York
Argentina : Monday January 18th , Monday February 8th, Tuesday February 9th
Brazil : Monday January 18th
China : Monday January 18th, Monday February 8th, Tuesday February 9th
Czech Republic : Monday January 18th
France : Monday January 18th
Ghana : Tuesday January 19th
India : Tuesday January 26th
Italy : Monday January 18th
Japan : Monday January 18th
Korea (South) : Monday January 18th
Luxembourg : Monday January 18th
Poland : Monday January 18th
Serbia : Monday January 18th
Spain : Monday January 18th
Sweden : Monday January 18th
Thailand : Monday January 18th
Turkey : Monday January 18th
Uruguay : Monday January 18th

Ottawa
India : Tuesday January 26th
Philippines : Monday February 8th

San Francisco
Australia : Monday January 18th
Brazil : Monday January 18th
Canada : Monday January 18th
India : Tuesday January 26th
Italy : Monday January 18th
Japan : Monday January 18th
Luxembourg : Monday January 18th
Norway : Monday January 18th
Peru : Monday January 18th
Singapore : Monday January 18th
Spain : Monday January 18th
United Kingdom : Monday January 18th
Vietnam : Monday January 18th

Toronto
China : Monday February 8th, Tuesday February 9th, Wed February 10th
Germany : Monday February 8th
India : Tuesday January 26th
Japan : Friday January 15th
Philippines : Monday February 8th
Sri Lanka : Thursday February 4th

Washington
Argentina : Monday February 8th, Tuesday February 9th
Bangladesh : Monday January 18th
Botswana : Monday January 18th
Brazil : Monday January 18th
Brunei Darussalam
: Monday January 
Canada : Monday January 18th
China: Monday January 18th, Monday February 8th, Tuesday February 9th
Croatia : Monday January 18th
Germany : Monday January 18th
India : Tuesday January 26th
Ireland : Monday January 18th
Italy : Monday January 18th
Jamaica : Monday January 18th
Japan : Monday January 18th, Thursday February 11th
Lesotho : Monday January 18th
Namibia : Monday January 18th
Serbia : Monday January 18th
South Africa : Monday January 18th
Spain : Tuesday January 19th
Thailand : Monday January 18th
Venezuela : Monday January 18th
Vietnam : Monday January 18th, Monday February 8th, Tuesday February 9th, Wednesday February 10th
Zambia : Monday January 18th

Letter From The President 

Dear Travelers,

The holiday season is a very special time for me. When I was little my family moved from one place to another a lot. When I settled in Washington, DC and started my own family, it was crucial to me to start holiday traditions. This past holiday season the time flew by too fast and this coming year I want to appreciate every day.
2015 was a great year for Travisa. At the beginning of each year we evaluate the previous year in order to make improvements as needed. We do evaluations of the quality of our service and we make adjustments to our company goals. We carefully look at our clients' feedback and we try to incorporate those suggestions in our practices.

We also try to push the envelope with our IT development to find new projects to prioritize for the coming year.

January is a busy month in our business, and a fresh start. I am going to appreciate every day in my office. I will engage with my family and my staff to achieve the maximum results whatever they may be. I will commit all my attention to every detail in my personal and my professional life to surpass even my own expectations. That's my commitment to myself.
I wish everybody a very successful year! 
 
Jan Dvorak
President
Travisa Passport and Visa Service

P.S.- I woke up this Monday morning to read in the NY Times that my hero David Bowie died. He was the soundtrack to my lifetime. Thank you Mr. Bowie.   

Featured Article:Travel Predictions for 2016!
Out of all of the articles I write and research for our clients, friends and family at Travisa, the first of the year travel predictions is by far my favorite! I spend hours researching the past years travel statistics, as well as look into surveys and data bases that have predictions for the new year.

I always find one or two fairly surprising factoids! For example, last year Wednesday finally dethroned Tuesday as the cheapest day to buy domestic flights (excluding Hawaii, which doesn't seem to play by any rules)! Also, travelers got more leg room for their buck in 2015. Because of the introduction of coach plus, business elite, and other roomier seating options, travelers could enjoy a few extra precious inches without having to upgrade to a first class seat. And anybody who has traveled on a long haul flight can speak on the importance of two inches of extra leg room!

But that is enough about last year! What is new for 2016?

Flights are cheaper! Thanks to record-low oil prices and new competition from cheap international carriers, the cost of high flying is going way down. Hopper travel data shows that the average price for a ticket in January will be at a three-year low.

The economy of sharing is helping travelers! Whether travelers are staying in an AirBnB or grabbing an Uber to get to the airport, the sharing economy will continue to shake up the way that we travel in 2016. That could be good news for consumers. A study by business travel and expense consultant Certify found that travelers paid ten percent less for ride share services than they would have for taxis, and rated their stays at AirBnBs higher than they rated nights at hotels.

Europe is on sale.
Despite the recent Euro rally, the dollar remains relatively strong against the continent's currency. That means that the costs of traveling to Europe and staying at a hotel or bed and breakfast will likely continue to be bargains for American travelers.

Hotels are more expensive.
Even as North American hotels added 100,000 new rooms last year, the new supply hasn't kept up with demand and occupancy rates are high; The Global Business Travel Association projects that prices will rise 4.7 percent in the United States and 2.5 percent globally.

That is a little of what travelers can look forward to in 2016! Share with us your predictions for travel on our Facebook or twitter (@Travisa_Visa)!

Happy Travels,
Morgan Eslick 
Administrative Assistant
Travisa Passport and Visa Service 

Conde Nast Traveler
10 Frozen Lakes That Will Restore Your Faith in Winter


If you're dreaming of a White Christmas...there's always next year. About 75 percent of the U.S. population will see the temperature climb over 60°F by December 25. But before you completely give up on the season, take a look at these lakes around the world that become even more beautiful when shrouded in ice and snow (hey, it could happen).

Abraham Lake, Canada

Canada's Abraham Lake becomes even more spectacular during the winter, when a thick layer of ice and underlying air bubbles create a stunning visual effect. The bubbles are actually trapped pockets of flammable methane gas from decomposing matter on the lake's floor-they pop come springtime when the ice begins to thaw.
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