Travel & Holidays

When You Travel

Before leaving the US, please fill out the travel plans form.

You will need the following documents to re-enter the United States after temporary absence:

  • Valid Form I-20 endorsed by the DSO within the last six months (page 3 of your I-20)
  • Valid Passport
  • Valid U.S. Entry Visa

Travel to a country other than your home country:

  • Contact the country’s embassy or consulate to find out what documentation is required.

Holidays

Of the holidays on the following list, not all are celebrated by everyone, nor are they celebrated in all parts of the country in the same fashion. It is possible that only children or members of a particular religion will be celebrating.

New Year's Day* (January 1)
Celebration of New Year's Day usually occurs the night before (December 31), known as New Year's Eve, when it is common for groups of people to have a party to celebrate the coming of the New Year. It is customary to make loud noises at midnight when the New Year officially arrives; embracing and kissing others at the party at midnight is not unusual.

Martin Luther King Day* (Third Monday of January)
Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was an African-American clergyman who is recognized for his tireless efforts to win civil rights for all people through nonviolent means.

Good Friday* (The Friday before Easter)
Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Easter Sunday* (Date varies)
Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For children, baskets of candy and dyed, hard-boiled eggs are hidden by a mythical Easter Bunny. The children seek out the hidden eggs.

Memorial Day* (Fourth Monday of May)
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.

Halloween (October 31)
A children's holiday associated with jack-o-lanterns and witches, cats, and ghosts for decorations. Children often go to parties in costumes or go "trick or treating." This means going door to door in costume, saying "trick or treat" hoping to be given a piece of candy or fruit. An adult accompanies young children.

Thanksgiving Day* (The last Thursday in November)
A harvest celebration stemming from harvest-time festivities in the original American Colonies. Traditionally, families gather and prepare a large meal of turkey, pumpkin pie, and other dishes.

Christmas Day* (December 25)
It began as a Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, but is now a widely celebrated day of feasting and gift giving. Preparations, including gift-buying and decorating homes and public places, begin as early as October. Santa Claus, who is a mythical figure, is said to visit the homes of children on the night of December 24 and leave gifts for them while they sleep.

*School Holiday 

Transportation

Longview Transit is the designated urban (city) public transportation provider in the Longview (TX) area. Please refer to their website for route and time information. To "flag" the bus to stop, be on the correct side of the street as far away from an intersection as reasonably possible and wave to get the driver’s attention. Student fare to ride the bus is $0.65 (must present student ID.)
 

Bus Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday | 6:15 AM - 6:15 PM
Saturdays | 7:15 AM – 5:15 PM
Sundays | No Service

TAKING A BUS

  • LONGVIEW GREYHOUND BUS
    908 E Pacific Avenue #100
    Longview, TX 75601
  • Main: 903.757.7203
    Greyhound Package Express: 903.757.7203
  • Hours Of Operation : Mon – Sun 06:00 AM - 09:00 PM
  • Website : www.greyhound.com

RENT-A-CAR

  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 104 S Spur 63, Longview, TX 903.236.7788 ‎
  • Avis Rent-A-Car: 269 Terminal Circle, Longview, TX 903.643.2292 ‎

TAKING A TRAIN

  • Amtrak Station (LVW)
    905 Pacific Avenue
    Longview, TX 75602
  • Hours of Operation : Mon – Sun 07:30 AM – 07:30 PM
  • Website : www.amtrak.com
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