You are looking forward to getting away for a holiday, vacation, honeymoon or destination wedding, and then you remember that you are flying International and you need a passport. Just add another thing on your “to-do” list, right? Make sure you don’t miss your departure date with these Passport Guidelines.
Question: Why will 2017 be one of the busiest years in recent history for Passport renewals?
Answer: January 8, 2007, U.S. citizens traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda will be required to present a valid U.S. passport. Which means, the renewal time is coming up for all those people that had to purchase passports to visit these popular destinations. (Adult passports are only good for 10 years)
Question: What time of year is best to apply or renewal for a passport?
Answer: The best time to get your passport is August-December. Majority of people in the United States take vacations aboard to Europe or tropical destinations during the Spring- late Summer. Due to this fact, you can expect more passport applications and renewals happening January- August.
Question: How long does it take to get a passport?
Answer: The average time is 4-6 weeks, but maybe longer due to the amount of renewals. There is expedited services available for an additional fee that can take 2-3 weeks. For more information on how to apply and current processing times visit the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs Website.
Question: Are there other travel documents or vaccines needed to travel?
Answer: Depending on which country you plan on visiting you may need additional travel documents, or even vaccines to visit. Click here to check to see what requirements your desired destination requires.
Question: What is the best advice for applying for a passport?
Answer: BE PREPARED. Make sure you read up on all the requirements and forms needed to apply/ renew. BE EARLY. Fill out your forms, take your photo and send your documents off as soon as possible…don’t wait until last minute.
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