I recommend you research the immunizations requirements in the early stages of you planning your trip. You can view a quick guide on required immunizations on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: www.cdc.gov and or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/). Make sure you also consult your primary care doctor and local travel clinic for recommended and required immunizations.
Passport Photo Requirements
You must provide 1 photo with your application
The processing of your passport application may be delayed if you do not submit a photo that meets the requirements below. To avoid processing delays, we recommend you use a professional passport photo service.
Your passport photo must be:
Printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper
2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size
Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. View the Photo Composition Template for more size requirement details.
Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open. www.travel.state.gov
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PASSPORT AND A TRAVEL VISA?
A passport is an official government document that certifies one's identity and citizenship. The passport serves two purposes: to regain entry to the country of citizenship (i.e. the United States) and is a requirement by many countries to gain entry to the country you are visiting.
A travel visa is an official government document that temporarily authorizes you to be in the country you are visiting. Many countries require a visa to gain entry. The visa usually is in the form of a stamp or sticker placed in the passport and is obtained from the country you are visiting.
Visas & Passports – Depending on your destination some countries require both visa and a passport.
You can view a quick guide on visa and passport information at www.passportsandvisas.com.
Quick Tourist Visa Highlights for U.S. Citizens:
Barbados- No visa required
Bermuda- No visa required
Botswana- No visa required
Brazil- Visa required
Canada- No visa required
Costa Rica- No visa required
Dominican Republic- No visa required
Fiji - No visa required
Ghana- Visa required
Greece- No visa required
Grenada- No visa required
Israel- No visa required
Jamaica- No visa required
Mexico- No visa required
Morocco- No visa required
South Africa- No visa required
Thailand- Visa only required if you stay more then 30 days
Trinidad & Tobago- No visa required
Turkey- Visa required