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Passport Services

Most countries require that your passport have at least six months validity when traveling internationally, and many require that you have one to two blank pages for either an entry stamp or visa. As a general rule, please check that your passport has six months validity beyond your planned trip, and if not, please renew your passport with plenty of time to provide smarTours with your updated passport information by the final payment due date.

To check passport and visa requirements by country, please visit the State Department if you have a U.S. Passport.

smarTours has partnered with CIBT to offer full-service passport assistance. Learn more about CIBT’s passport services, including expedited passport renewal, name changes, and more, or apply for a new passport directly with the State Department.

Visa Services

smarTours has partnered with sherpaº to offer e-visa services and CIBT for all visa services. Visa processing services can help make a complex process easy with support staff to help walk you through the process, and a more streamlined application process that’s easier to understand and complete.

To learn more about which destinations currently require a visa, please see below. Note that entry requirements are subject to change.

If you are not a U.S. passport holder, or you are not traveling with your U.S. passport, please check directly with the appropriate consulates as to the most current visa requirements.

Country

Visa requirements for U.S. Passport Holders

Australia

A visa is required for U.S. passport holders and must be obtained prior to arrival. Apply for a visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) with the Australian government directly, or use a visa processing service like sherpaº or CIBT to facilitate the process.

State Department Information for Australia

Cambodia

A visa is required for U.S. passport holders. Apply for an e-visa online with the Cambodian government in advance of travel, or apply upon arrival in Cambodia. You may also consider a visa processing service like sherpaº or CIBT to facilitate the process.

State Department Information for Cambodia

China

A paper or embassy visa is required for U.S. passport holders and must be obtained prior to arrival. For more information, visit China’s National Immigration Administration. If you do not reside close to a consulate, we suggest you use a visa processing service like CIBT to facilitate the process.

State Department Information for China

Egypt

A visa is required for U.S. passport holders. Apply for an e-visa online in advance of travel or obtain a tourist visa on arrival.

Note: Clients who book air with smarTours will be charged $28 at the Cairo International Airport. This fee includes the Egyptian visa and facilitation service upon arrival. If you are traveling on our tour-only program, consider using a visa processing service like sherpaº or CIBT to facilitate the process.

State Department Information for Egypt

India

A visa is required for U.S. passport holders and must be obtained prior to arrival. Apply for an e-visa online with the Indian government directly or use a visa processing service like CIBT to facilitate the process.

State Department Information for India

Japan

A visa is required for U.S. passport holders and must be obtained prior to arrival. For information, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Note: smarTours will certify all travelers in Japan’s Entrants, Returnees Follow-Up System (ERFS) and send the certification 30 days prior to departure. Travelers will need this certification on their visa application and visas take approximately 7-10 days to issue after the application is made. Please apply as soon as possible after receiving the certification.

State Department Information for Japan

Jordan

A visa is required for U.S. passport holders and can be obtained upon arrival.

Note: Clients who book air with smarTours have the cost of their visa and visa facilitation included. Tour-only travelers forfeit the visa and facilitation service and will need to independently obtain a visa upon arrival.

State Department Information for Jordan

Kenya

A visa is required for U.S. passport holders and must be obtained prior to arrival. Apply for an e-visa with the Kenyan government directly or use a visa processing service like CIBT to facilitate the process.

State Department Information for Kenya

Nepal

A visa is required for U.S. passport holders. Obtain a visa upon arrival in Nepal.

State Department Information for Nepal

New Zealand

A visa or NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) is required for U.S. passport holders. Apply for an NZeTA online with the New Zealand government directly.

State Department Information for New Zealand

Peru

A visa is required for U.S. passport holders. Obtain a visa for free upon arrival.

State Department Information for Peru

Russia

A visa is required for U.S. passport holders. For information, visit the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the USA.

Note: An invitation letter is required and will be provided to CIBT with the smarTours group’s information. An individual invitation letter may be requested at an additional charge which will allow you to apply for your visa independent from CIBT.

State Department Information for Russia

Tanzania

A visa is required for U.S. passport holders. Apply for an e-visa online with the Tanzanian government directly or use a visa processing service like CIBT or sherpaº to facilitate the process.

State Department Information for Tanzania

Türkiye (Turkey)

A visa is required for U.S. passport holders. Apply for an e-Visa with the Turkish government directly or use a visa processing service like CIBT or sherpaº to facilitate the process.

State Department Information for Türkiye

Vietnam

A visa is required for U.S. passport holders. Apply for an e-visa online with the Vietnamese government directly or use a visa processing service like CIBT or sherpaº to facilitate the process. For more information, visit the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

State Department Information for Vietnam

Zimbabwe

A visa is required for U.S. passport holders. Obtain your visa on arrival at the Victoria Falls airport.

Note: Travelers planning to take the optional Chobe Park excursion to Botswana will need a double-entry visa to Zimbabwe.

State Department Information for Zimbabwe

Other Entry Requirements

There may be additional health and safety related entry requirements for specific countries. Because these requirements are evolving rapidly, we’ve partnered with sherpaº to keep them up to date on a daily basis. Visit our Travel Restrictions by Country page to view detailed entry requirements for specific countries. This includes visa requirements, vaccine, COVID testing or quarantine requirements, and more.

To learn more about what to expect from smarTours while on your trip, visit our Safe Travel with smarTours page.