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Your Passport and Visa

Travel Documents

Passports for U.S. Citizens

You must have a passport to participate in any education abroad program. U.S. passport applications are available online at travel.state.gov. Passport applications require an original or certified copy of the applicant's birth certificate and a $145 fee for new passports (passport renewals cost $110). Passport photos are available at many local drug stores' photo department. Visit www.usps.com/passport/ for a list of all post offices processing passport applications. Allow at least 4-6 weeks for routine service and 2-3 weeks for expedited service (for an additional $60).

Passports for Non-U.S. Citizens

If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will still need a passport and visa to travel. Here is a list of local consulates and embassies:

Visas and Other Entry Requirements

Each country has different entry requirements and procedures. Generally, you will need to:
  • determine if there is a need for a visa given the program activities, location(s) and duration;
  • identify the consulate or embassy which has jurisdiction over visa issuance;
  • obtain up-to-date visa instructions from the consulate or embassy; and
  • submit the visa application, passport, and other supporting documents according to those instructions provided.
Please allow several weeks or months to apply for your visa. Costs vary from $0 to $500. In addition, students often cannot work on their visas; work visas are typically separate from tourist and student visas.

Further Reading

Information about entry requirements (i.e., visas, immunizations, additional fees, etc.) can be found at www.cdc.gov/travel/ (traveler health) and https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/ (traveler advisories). For additional information, visit the traveler's checklist on the U.S. Department of State website.

Finally, review our info session, "How to Get a Passport and Visa 101."

Contact Us

For any questions about passports, visas, or other travel documents, please email the Education Abroad office at goabroad@csusb.edu. You can also make an advising appointment here.