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.

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 30 days of your MTC date. This includes travel to Canada or Mexico and any cruises that are outside of the United States.

If missionaries lose their visa packet, can they get a new one?

Yes. Please call 1-800-537-3537 and ask for the visa packet to be emailed to the missionary.

Do missionaries send their actual passport to Missionary Travel?

No. Missionaries only need to provide a color photocopy of their passport ID page.

Does the birth certificate really need to be issued within the last 5 years?

Yes. The Consulate will not accept it and will not issue a visa if the birth certificate is more than 5 years old. In addition, the Paraguayan government keeps the birth certificate in their office and the missionary will not be receiving it back.

How do missionaries apply for an FBI clearance?

Go to:

• Click on “Secure Partner Login”
• Enter: LDS (all caps)
• Click on the Church logo
• Follow the instructions as indicated

o Be sure to enter your own address on the application. The Channeler cannot be sent to the Travel Office directly.

How do missionaries obtain authentication on their FBI clearance?

All missionaries will need to obtain an apostille for their FBI clearance. Please follow the steps below (also listed in your visa packet instruction sheet):

• Obtain a money order for $8 made payable to the United States Department of State
• Write a cover letter stating you need an apostille attached to your FBI clearance in order to travel to Paraguay. (You MUST specify which country you are traveling to.)
• Send a self-addressed return envelope, $8 money order, cover letter and the FBI clearance to the following address for authentication:

Office of Authentications
US Department of State
1150 Passport services Pl., 1st Floor
Dulles, VA 20189-1150

Once the authenticated FBI clearance has been returned, please send it to Missionary Travel with the rest of the required documents.

What is the $160 check for?

This should be cashed and used for a visa upon arrival at the Paraguay airport.

When will missionaries receive a name tag?

Name tags will be given upon arrival at the MTC.

When will missionaries receive travel documents?

Travel documents will be sent to the missionary’s “my LDS” email account within 2 weeks of their MTC report date. Documents will include travel instructions, emergency contact information, an itinerary, and a check for $160 that should be cashed and carried to the Paraguay airport.

Is a reciprocity fee still required if I’m going to Argentina MTC?

No, Argentina no longer requires payment for a reciprocity fee. 

Will missionaries travel alone to the MTC?

Each missionary is flying from their home state and will connect in major airports such as Atlanta or Dallas. Missionaries will meet up in major connecting points and continue travel to the MTC together.

Can white-out be used on the visa application?

No. Missionaries will complete the visa application at the airport in Paraguay. If a mistake has been made, please obtain a new application at the airport.


Please refer all immunization questions to your personal doctor or you may call the Missionary Department Nurse at (801)-240-6454 for further clarification.

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