Passports & Visas
If you are a U.S. citizen and need to obtain a first-time passport, our Global Envoys can assist you in the process and IGE will issue you a reimbursement. Details are located in GrinnellShare (login required).
Most countries require your passport to be valid for 6 months after your departure date so be sure to check the expiration date. Passport renewal can take 6 weeks so plan ahead. Make copies of your passport and leave a copy at home with friends or family and leave a copy in a separate location. This will be invaluable if you lose your passport or if it is stolen.
For off-campus study contact your program regarding requirements. Course-embedded travel and the Global Learning Program frequently use Travisa for college programming. Grinnell students can receive a discount on the service fee by using the Grinnell dedicated portal.
IGE staff are unable to advise on visas due to their complexity and changing nature. We encourage you to reach out by email or call the embassy of the country you are travelling to find out more detailed information. Some embassies require in-person interviews for a visa which will require you to travel to the embassy closest to your home. You may wish to ask your program about visa requirements early in order to budget for the trip and plan for making an appointment.
International students can log in to GrinnellShare to read OISA's advice regarding international students with F1 visas.
Transit VisasThere are 2 types of Transit Visas:
- Airport Transit Visa: Required by citizens of certain countries for transiting through the International Airports of other countries.
- Transit Visa: Short Term Visa (usually less than 3 days - 96 hours) granted to travellers who are en route to a certain country but decided to make a temporary stopover in another country on the way. (e.g. Flying to the USA via Singapore from India)