Expiration – Many countries require that your passport be valid for 6 months beyond your dates of travel. If you are traveling on one of our programs please check your expiration carefully.
Passport Application Process – If you need a passport, please read the details below and make sure to apply with enough time until travel.
Passports for U.S. Residents
It may take up to six weeks to get a passport. Applicants will be required to bring two official passport photos, a birth certificate and a parent must show ID in the form of a license or passport.
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For expedited passports, you can contact AmericanPassport, a private company, at 800.455.5166 or visit the ‘expedite a passport’ page of the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Website.
Passports for Canadian Residents
Applications for passports can be picked up at any post office, travel agency, or passport office. Applicants will be required to bring proof of citizenship in the form of a birth certificate and two official passport photos.
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A few Westcoast Connection / 360° Student Travel programs require a visa for entry or other specific instructions. More information will be included in your specific pre-trip information package. For most up to date visa information for particular destinations please see the following:
U.S. Citizens – click here.
Canadian Citizens – click here.
Other Citizens – If you live in another country, please check with your local government and/or contact us for assistance.
Here is some general information about some of our destinations.
South Africa Community Service 13 and 25 Day Programs or South Africa Family Getaway
To enter South Africa, you must have 2 blank pages facing one another in your passport. If you have traveled often and no longer have this space available, you must acquire a new passport as this is strictly enforced.
New regulations from the Republic of South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs are coming into effect for travel to South Africa for 2015. These will require children, under the age of 18 without their parents to produce an unabridged birth certificate, along with an affidavit from the parents confirming that they give permission for the chaperone to travel with the child, copies of the passports of the child’s parents and the contact details of the child’s parents.
This will be in addition to any other required travel documents such as passports and/or visas. Travelers are invited to visit the Republic of South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs or to contact the South African High Commission at 202-272-7991 for more information.
Programs that visit Australia
An Electronic Travel Authority Visa is required for travel to Australia and is valid for up to 3 months. For all American and Canadian residents, we will provide you a form to complete for us to procure it for you. If you need more information regarding this requirement, please click here.
Travelers From Outside the U.S. & Canada
In addition to a passport, make sure all your travel documents are in order. Check if a visa is mandatory for travel from your country.
For overseas visitors to the USA, you will need to receive approval using the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) program under the Visa Waiver Program. Apply for an ESTA at least 72 hours in advance of your trip. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will now be unable to accept international travelers without ESTA approval or a valid visa or Green Card. If you have a U.S. or Canadian passport this is not applicable. The ESTA can be obtained by visiting the ESTA Web site.