Frequently Asked Questions for U.S. and Canadian Residents

Passport Book

Your passport book cannot expire within 6 months of your release date. If it will, you must renew your passport before applying for any visas. Please pay the extra fees to expedite the renewal of the passport. Expediting times can take from 4–8 weeks to process.

Passport Pages

If your passport will be valid for the term of your mission, your passport book must also have a minimum of 6 blank visa pages (not including the final 4 pages of the passport). If it does not have these required blank pages, you must renew your passport book.

Please send your passport book to the Travel Office. All of the consulates require it to place the visas in them. 

If a photocopy of the passport ID page is also requested, please send both the passport book and the photocopy.

What if missionaries don't sign their middle name on their passport?

Missionaries should leave their signature as is.

Can I travel internationally before going to the MTC?

Please do not schedule any international travel within 45 days of your MTC date. This includes travel to Canada or Mexico and any cruises that are outside of the United States.

Do missionaries need a visa for South Africa if they are assigned to the MTC there?

No, missionaries will receive a visa for Uganda and a visa for Ethiopia, but they will visit South Africa as a tourist.

Does Missionary Travel need a missionary's actual passport?

Yes, it is required to be sent to the embassy to get the visa stamped directly into the passport.

When will missionaries get their visa back?

Missionaries will receive their visa 1–2 weeks prior to their MTC report date, via FedEx. Missionaries should ensure that Missionary Travel has the proper physical address where the visa should be sent.

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