Tour requirements and travel documents

We recommend applying for a passport as soon as you enroll on a tour, as it can take up to eight weeks to process. U.S. citizens traveling abroad must bring a passport that is valid for at least six months after the tour’s return and has at least three blank pages. 

Airlines will not permit you to travel if the name on your ticket does not match your passport exactly. Ensure that the name on your EF account matches the passport (including your middle name) or you will be charged a fee to change your name.

For more information, please visit the U.S. government passport website at or call Customer Service at 800-665-5364.

Depending on where you’re traveling from or if you’re a non-U.S. citizen, you may need a visa for your tour. Consult the destinations' and layover destinations' consulates for specific requirements. For more information, please visit

Know Before You Go

We’ve helped students and teachers explore the world for 50 years. Here are some of the most common topics our travelers and parents ask about.