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Determine if you need a visa for your destination country

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 extra time for visa processing as delays can be longer than what the embassy website indicates. You can find basic details about visa requirements under “Entry/ Exit Requirements” section on the Country Specific Information page or by contacting the destination country’s embassy. If you are a passport holder from a country other than the U.S., you should consult the embassy websites of countries you would like to visit to determine their entry requirements. You can find which embassy is closest to you at the following the U.S. Department of State link: full list of foreign embassy websites.

If you prefer, you can engage the services of a visa agency that specializes in obtaining visas. Agencies recommended by the University travel agent that specialize in obtaining visas for foreign travel include:

VisaCentral by CIBT

VisaCentral by CIBT offers online Stanford rates; or contact the local office:

VisaCentral San Francisco
555 Montgomery Street, Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 1-877-535-0688
Walk-in hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Travisa for Stanford Travel Program

Travisa for Stanford Travel Program offers online Stanford rates; or contact:

Lindsay Dana
Account Manager
Thereza D'Costa
Senior Consultant – Dedicated Accounts Team
1-415-837-0771 (Select Option #3)
Alex Witt
Senior Consultant – Team Lead, Dedicated Accounts Team
1-415-837-0771 (Select Option #3)
Travisa San Francisco
220 Montgomery Street
Suite 991
San Francisco, CA 94104
At least 6 months before your trip (or before you consider an opportunity)