Passport and Visa Considerations

Passport Considerations

It is the traveler's responsibility to obtain the appropriate travel documents prior to departure.  Be sure to start early to allow sufficient time for processing.

Allow 4-6 Weeks to Process

  • We highly recommend you allow plenty of time to obtain your passport as it can take 4-6 weeks to process your application.
  • You can check current processing times at the US Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs
  • For non-US citizens, this information can typically be found at your country’s embassy or consulate website here in the US.

Check Expiration Date for 6 or More Months Validity

  • Many countries require that your passport be valid for six months after the date you enter the country. 
  • To learn about the passport requirements for your destination country, visit the US State Department Country Information page.

Check for Blank Pages

  • Most foreign countries require a specific number of blank visa pages (typically one or two pages) in a passport as an entry requirement.
  • Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.
  • Please see the US Passport Service Guide to find out if your passport has a sufficient number of blank pages or if you will need to add pages or replace it before your trip.

Non-US Citizens

  • For non-US citizens or permanent residents, please make sure your US visa and travel signature are valid at least until your date of return to Princeton. 
  • Contact the Davis International Center immediately if this is not the case or if you have any questions.


Visa Considerations

In addition to a valid passport, some countries require a visa for entry.  The country that issued your passport and the type of activity you will be engaged in overseas will determine the type of visa you need. 

Allow Plenty of Time to Process

  • Allow plenty of extra time for visa processing, as delays can be longer than what the embassy website indicates.
  • To find details about visa requirements for your destination country, visit the US State Department Country Information page or contact the embassy of your destination country.

Non-US Citizens

  • Non-US citizens should consult with the embassy websites of the countries they intend to visit to determine their entry requirements.
  • Contact the Davis International Center with any questions.

Visa Support

The Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Operations understands that navigating visas can be challenging and our office can be a useful resource for guidance. Travelers may also can engage the services of an agency such as Visa Central that specializes in obtaining visas.