Passport and Visa Information
All tour members must possess a valid U.S. passport for traveling outside of the U.S.; including to Canada & Mexico. To apply for a passport you'll need proof of U.S. citizenship, ID such as a driver's license, two recent 2" x 2" color photographs and a completed application form. Passport application forms and fee information can be obtained from your local post office or online at: Travel.State.Gov. Allow 6 to 10 weeks to process your passport application.
All passports must contain at least 3 blank visa pages and must be valid for 6 months after the completion of your tour.
Remember, keep your passport with you at all times and do not pack it in your luggage. We advise that you keep a record of your passport number, place and date of issue and a photocopy of the first page separately. In the unlikely event that your passport gets lost or stolen while you are traveling, advise your Tour Director immediately and they will assist you in contacting the necessary parties to issue a temporary replacement passport.
Some countries require U.S. citizens to have an Entry Visa prior to arrival. For tours traveling to countries that require visas to be applied for in advance, we will send you the visa application forms approximately 75 days prior to departure; a valid U.S. passport is necessary at this time. Please be sure that the name provided to Grand European Tours is the same name that appears on your passport.
These countries require Entry Visas prior to arrival:
- Russia $268*
- China $232*
- Brazil $269*
- Vietnam & Cambodia $301*
These countries allow you to obtain an entry visa upon arrival into the country:
- Egypt $15*
- Turkey $20*
- Zimbabwe $30*
These countries may charge you a Departure Tax when you check into the airport for your departing flight for these countries:
- Costa Rica $28*
- Peru $31*
- Cambodia $25*
These countries charge a one-time Reciprocity Tax:
- Buenos Aires, Argentina $160*. Reciprocity Tax must be pre-paid before arrival at Argentina through the on-line system. Proof of a pre-paid reciprocity fee is required to enter Argentina. Payment can be made at www.migraciones.gov.ar (select “tasa de reciprocidad” to view the site in English). The fee is valid for multiple entries for 10 years or until your passport expires.
- Santiago, Chile $140*. A one-time Reciprocity Tax may be required upon entry at the airport. The fee can be paid in local currency, U.S. Dollars, credit card or Traveler Check. The fee is valid for multiple entries for 10 years or until your passport expires.
Australia requires an electronic visa ($0*) which is obtained at the time of airline ticket purchase.
Any and all foreign nationals (individuals who do not hold a U.S. passport) are requested to contact VisaCentral at 1-866-788-1100 to see if visas are required by any countries that you will be staying in and traveling through.
Grand European Tours will not be held responsible for any delays or refusal of entry at border crossings due to the lack of proper visas.
*All visa costs and entry/exit requirements can change at any time. Please visit Travel.State.Gov for current information.