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Passports and Visas


A valid passport is required to enter most foreign countries. U.S. citizens can find the passport application and instructions on the U.S. Department of State's website. Non-U.S. citizens should consult their home country's Embassy for rules and regulations on passports and visas.

One Card Services offers passport photo services on campus. Photo processing fees can be paid for via Spidercard account, cash (exact change), or check (payable to University of Richmond). Allow 10-15 minutes for processing time.

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Some students will be required to obtain a student visa in order to enter the host country. Your study abroad advisor will tell you if you are required to obtain a visa and, if so, will give you further instructions. The visa is usually a stamp imprinted on a back page of your passport.

Register with the Embassy

While studying or traveling abroad, students should register with the embassy/consulate of their home country. U.S. citizens can register through the State Department's travel registration website. This makes your presence and whereabouts known in the host country, in case it is necessary for a consular officer to contact you in case of emergency or a natural disaster.