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To travel on an international guided tour or river cruise, it's required that each traveler's passport contains at least three blank visa pages and is valid for six months after the completion of the tour. Before booking your trip abroad, ensure you have all your passport information up to date and ready to go.
It is important to start the renewal process well in advance of your planned travel to ensure that you receive your new passport in time. If you need to apply for a new passport or renew an expiring/expired passport, make sure you consider the total time - from applying, to processing, to shipping - it can take to receive your passport when booking international travel.
Check our Travel Requirements and Restrictions to learn about entry and exit requirements for the country or countries in which you are traveling.
Travel Requirements and Restrictions
It is important to start the renewal process well in advance of your planned travel to ensure that you receive your new passport in time. To renew a US passport for international travel, you can follow these steps:
This form can be found on the U.S. Department of State website. Follow the instructions carefully and make sure all information is accurate. You will need to print out the form in order to submit it by mail or in person.
You can submit your application by mail or in person at a passport agency or acceptance facility. If you are applying by mail, you will need to include your current passport, the completed DS-82 form, a passport photo, and the appropriate fee. If you are applying in person, you will need to bring all of these items as well as additional identification documents.
Passport processing times can vary depending on demand, but standard processing times are currently 10-13 weeks. You can check the status of your application online or by calling the National Passport Information Center.
To apply for a US passport, you will need to follow these steps:
This form is found on the US Department of State website or at a local passport acceptance facility. Fill out the form completely and accurately.You will need to print out the form in order to submit it by mail or in person.
You can have a passport photo taken at many pharmacies, photo centers, and post offices. Ensure your photo meets specific requirements, such as being 2x2 inches in size and having a white or off-white background.
The fees for a US passport vary depending on whether you are getting a new passport, a renewal, or a child's passport. You can find the current fees on the US Department of State website. Additional fees may apply for expedited processing and other services.
Take your completed form, documents, photo, and fees to a passport acceptance facility. You can find the nearest facility on the Department of State's website.
Passport processing times can vary depending on demand, but standard processing times are currently 10-13 weeks.
*Mailing times are not included in processing times.
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