South Africa's new visa rules are turning visitors away – Quartz

South Africa's new visa rules are turning visitors away – Quartz
Under South Africa's new visa requirements, anyone traveling with a minor under the age of 18–either to and from South Africa–is required to present an unabridged birth certificate at the port of entry in South Africa, in addition to a normal passport …
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The Statesman: Logjam in Parliament
The External Affairs Ministry, which issues passports, had said that Geelani's “application could not be processed in its present form.” The denial of passport to Geelani was said to be because he had not spelt out his nationality in the passport form …
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South Africa Today: Apartheid by Another Name

South Africa Today: Apartheid by Another Name
Twelve years later, with my thirty-year banning from South Africa lifted, there was a pinch-me moment as I flew into Jan Smuts and handed my passport to a black immigration officer. “Welcome to our country,” she said. I quickly discovered that much of …
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Laid out in scattershot bursts on Flickr and Twitter, mixing descriptions of field maneuvers with the Free Syrian Army and references to country pop, Tice's information trail made for a thrilling, hard-charging alternative to the flak-jacketed puppetry …
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Newest Sacramento Kings Join Team After International Physical Problems Fixed

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They were expected to play on Wednesday, but were delayed when former King Greivis Vasquez needed his passport before a physical in Toronto. Gay and his 19 points per game would have been welcomed in Wednesday's 21-point loss to the Utah Jazz. Head …
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Legal battle over gay marriage moves to the South
"I don't need to do this for recognition. I need to do this for my family," Bostic says, glancing toward London. "We've stood by each other through thick and thin for almost 25 years. How dare you say that our relationship isn't as valuable as somebody …
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Gambia's dictator Yahya Jammeh has contracted Lebanese to oversee Gambia's
The new passport is expensive. It cost D3600.00 and the president and Lebanese will take all the money. Every day we see Lebanese coming to the immigration to meet DG Mboob. Majority of Gambia people do not have money and 3600 dalasi is a lot of money …
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How to Apply for a US Passport in South Dakota

For most South Dakota residents, the first step in applying for a new US passport is to find the nearest acceptance facility. These are offices that accept passport applications on behalf of the Department of State. They are usually located in post offices, libraries and court clerks offices. South Dakota has 60 acceptance facilities scattered throughout the state. You can find the one nearest to you by using the search tool on the Department of State’s website.

 

Next, you’ll need to gather the documents. For a new passport, you’ll need the following:

 

Government-issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license or a state ID card

A photocopy of the identification you will be using

Proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate, naturalization certificate or certificate of citizenship.

One passport photo

A completed copy of application form DS-11. You may fill the form out in advance, but don’t sign it until the acceptance agent gives you the go-ahead.

Payment for the required fees.

 

After you’ve submitted your application, all you have to do is wait. The normal processing time for a passport application in South Dakota is 4 to 6 weeks. Don’t count on yours getting back to you in four – when it comes to applying for a passport it’s always better to be safe than sorry. For faster processing, request expedited service for an additional $ 60, and it should arrive in 2 to 3 weeks instead.

 

What if you need your passport sooner than that? Unfortunately, options for South Dakota citizens to get emergency travel documents are limited and may require a good deal of travel.

South Dakota does not have its own regional passport agency office with the ability to issue same-day passports. The closest offices are located in Aurora, Colorado and Minneapolis, Minnesota. You are eligible to make an appointment at a regional passport agency office if you have a confirmed travel itinerary within the next 14 days and you need a US passport. To make an appointment at either of these offices, call 1-877-487-2778.

 

Because these locations are so far away, you might have an easier time using a private passport expediter. With an expediting company, you only have to take your documents to an acceptance office to have them “sealed.” Then, overnight them to the expediting company and they’ll take care of the rest.

 

Alison Kroulek is a freelance writer and blogger with a focus on the travel industry.

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