Now that you’ve decided to embark on a short cross-border trip, be aware that many changes to the issuance of U.S. passports in recent months will affect your travel plans.

    All American citizens must now obtain a passport card to cross the border into Canada or Mexico. To travel anywhere outside the United States, you will need a standard passport.

    When should I apply for a passport?

    My advice is to go ahead and apply for your passport if you have a good enough idea that you will be traveling abroad in the coming months. You can never expect a delay for something, so never miss your flight by delaying it.

    How long does it take to receive my passport?

    The standard processing time is between 4 and 6 weeks. If you need your passport in less than two weeks, you will need to make an appointment with your local passport acceptance facility. If you plan during peak travel seasons like summer, be sure to place an order within ten weeks of travel. Please note that in a rush to beat the price increases on July 13, 2010, there were a large number of renewals that extended the processing time to six weeks. It will likely take a long time in the foreseeable future, so plan accordingly.

    What if I need my passport before?

    There is an additional charge of $ 60.00 in addition to the overnight delivery charge per order for expedited requests. If you choose to send mail at your request, be sure to mark the “Speed ​​Up” package overnight and be sure to include the proof above of nationality in the box; They will come back to you.

    Where can I get a passport, and how much does it cost?

    All new applicants (and all minors, without exception) must apply in person at the Passport Agency, the Admission Center, the United States Embassy, ​​or the Consulate to complete Form DS-11: Request for an American passport. The United States Department of State has made it easier to apply for a visa online using this wizard, which will help you determine the correct form you will need to fill out, the amount you will pay, and allow you to complete and print the completed request to be taken. With the agencies listed above. Be sure to leave the signature portion blank and do not sign the document until the agent prompts you.
    What is an electronic passport?


    According to the State Department, the American electronic passport (electronic passport) is the same as the ordinary passport with the addition of a small contact without a compact circuit (computer chip) included in the back cover. The chip securely stores the same data displayed visually on the passport photo page, as well as a digital photo.

    The inclusion of a digital image allows a biometric comparison, through the use of facial recognition technology, at international borders. The U.S. electronic passport also has a new look, which includes additional anti-fraud and security features.

    Since August 2007, the United States has only issued electronic passports. Passports without tokens will remain valid for the duration of their validity.

    When do passports expire?

    A passport for children under 16, ending after five years. An adult passport that expires after ten years. Please note that many countries require that you have at least six months to present your passport before you can enter their country. Some travel agencies will not book you, and some airlines will not allow you to board if you have less than six months left in your passport. It is recommended to renew your passport when there are approximately nine months left to avoid any conflict of periods for six months.

    How do I know if a visa is required where I’m going?

    Although U.S. citizens do not need a U.S. travel visa, you may need a visa to travel to the country you plan to visit. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a list of all the nations that require a permit. Use the searchable database to determine if your destination will need it. You can also find travel advice, crime statistics/sanctions, traffic information, medical facilities, etc. regarding this country by visiting this site. Besides, no visa will be issued if there is less than six months left in your passport.