Passport Crisis Again

The passport ‘crisis’ of 2007 is about to return in 2016, according to a senior government official.  Nearly a decade ago, new requirements mandated American to have passports for travel to Mexico and Canada led to a surge in applications and a backlog in processing the documents.

Well these passports are about to expire and they will all need to be renewed.  So please check your passport and the expiration date.   If you are traveling outside the USA I usually ask about your passport.  But if we are not talking then you may be caught off guard when the time comes. So please do look now!

I know you may be saying but I have 18 months left why waste the months. Well those months will pass quickly and you never know what you may want to do.  To get stuck without the passport will be no fun; anyhow many countries require a six month validity date.

In addition, next January citizens who run out of visa pages will have to obtain a new passport instead of having additional pages inserted. For the new passport you will have two options available: either 28 pages or 52 with no difference in cost.

Lastly, though you may not need a passport to take a cruise beginning and ending in US ports, I recommend a passport anyway, just in case you get sick or injured and have to fly back.

So check and get your passport renewed while you have the time.  is a good website.

About alwaysharriet

With thirty years experience in corporate and leisure travel consulting, Harriet Ahouse has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and worldwide. An avid scuba diver, she understands the requirements of travelers both on land and in the water. On the European scene she has offered traditional and personalized travel itineraries throughout the continent--Italy, France, and England are some of her favorites. As a Virtuoso Agent, she also has extensive resources to enhance her expertise in designing individual destination travel itineraries--and honeymoons--worldwide!
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