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An "entry" indicates the number of times you are allowed to enter the country with the visa.
Single - The visa will allow a traveler to enter the country one time
Double - The visa will allow the traveler to enter the country two times.
Triple - The visa will allow the traveler to enter the country three times.
Multiple - The visa will allow the traveler to enter the country, essentially, an unlimited number of times.
Please note: Not all countries offer all options. Some countries may only offer a single entry, some may only offer single or multiple entry, and others may only offer multiple entry visas.
It is important to consider the number of entries for a few reasons. Generally speaking, multiple entry visas are valid for a longer period of time. For instance, a single entry will generally only be valid to be used within a few months whereas a multiple entry visa will generally be valid for a year or longer. If you may travel to the country in the future, obtaining a multiple entry visa now may save you money in the long run.
It is also important to consider the details of your trip. If you travel from the U.S. to India for a week, then travel to Indonesia for a week, and then connect back through India on your way home, this may be considered entering India twice, even if only to catch a flight. If traveling to China, taking a day trip to Hong Kong is considered an "exit" from China and then a "re-entry" upon return.
The passport card is a credit-card size U.S. passport that, just like a passport book, is proof of U.S. citizenship and identity but can ONLY be used to re-enter the United States at land border crossings and sea ports-of-entry from:
The passport card cannot be used for international air travel.
Please note: Just like passport books, passport cards are valid for 10 years for applicants 16 and older and 5 years for applicants under 16.
General Notes: The following should be taken into account even if holding a valid visa: Visitors are required to hold proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay and documents required for their next destination. Passengers registered in passport of companion must hold an individual visa. As of May 2010, Brazil does not require a yellow fever International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis for entering the country. Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for travelers who plan to visit the following Brazilian states: Acre, Amazonas, Rondonia, Roraima, Amapá, Pará, Tocantins, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Goiás, Distrito Federal, Maranhão and Minas Gerais, in addition to the south of Piauí, the west and south of Bahia, the north of Espírito Santo, the northwest of São Paulo and the west of the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. Keep in mind that most of the coast of Brazil is not a risk area for yellow fever, from Rio Grande do Sul in the south all the way up to Piauí, except for the north of Espírito Santo and the south of Bahia. Also keep in mind that the vaccine should be taken at least 10 days prior to departure.
Transit Notes: Brazil transit visas are required by all except those continuing their journey within 24 hours to a third country by the same or first connecting flight without leaving the airport transit area, provided such flight is indicated on their ticket.
General Notes: The following should be taken into account even if holding a valid visa: Travel on a one-way ticket is accepted, however, visitors are required to hold proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay and documents required for their next destination. Those travelling to Tibet will also require a special Tibet Entry Permit.
Transit Notes: China transit visas are required by all except those continuing their journey to a third country within 24 hours by the same or first connecting aircraft with valid documents and confirmed tickets and they do not leaving the airport. China introduced a 72-hour visa-free transit policy in 2013. This policy is intended to allow passengers traveling from Point A to Point C via specified airports in China to layover for an extended period of time for sightseeing. The policy is NOT for the purpose of circumventing the traditional visa process and is only applicable if the traveler meets ALL of the following requirements: 1) Traveling from Point A to Point C by way of an approved airport (see point 4 below) in China and can provide confirmed onward travel ticket and valid visa (if required) to the next destination. Traveler may NOT be on a round trip ticket; for example: UK to Beijing to UK. 2) The 72-hour free stay only applies to transit via Airports. Passengers by train or any other vehicles should still must apply for a visa in advance. 3) Visitors are not allowed to leave the transit city to other cities during the 72 hours. They can only depart from the same airport where they get their permit issued. 4) You must enter and depart China through one of the following: Beijing Capital Airport, Chengdu Shuangliu Airport, Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, Shanghai Pudong Airport or Shanghai Hongqiao airport
General Notes: The following should be taken into account even if holding a valid visa: Travelers intending to make side-trips to neighboring countries as part of the same journey, should submit details of their complete itinerary, with supporting documentation, such as reservations, to an Indian mission or to the immigration officer upon initial entry into India, to obtain permission for multiple entries as part of that journey - regardless of their visa or entry type.
Transit Notes: Transit visas for India are required except by those continuing their journey to a third country within 24 hours by the same form of transport and not leaving an airport, provided holding confirmed tickets and documentation.
General Notes: Visitors are strongly recommended to hold a health/travel insurance to cover for any medical expenses. Passengers of Cruise Ships and Ferries may be permitted to stay in Russia for up to 72 hours without a visa when accompanied by a tour operator licensed by Russian authorities – unless confirmed by your group leader, advanced visas are highly advised. You must obtain a tourist visa if you plan to sightsee on your own. Please refer to your tour operator for guidance. Riverboat cruise passengers must have a visa and must follow the general guidelines for entry/exit requirements.
Transit Notes: Transit visas for Russia: TWOV (Transit without visa) is possible for those remaining in the airside (international) transit area of the same airport of arrival and has an onward or connecting flight within 24 hours of arrival. Valid onward tickets are required.
Passport and visa requirements provided for information purposes only, not to be construed as factual or accurate. It is the traveler's responsibility to verify entry requirements prior to travel.