I remember reading Five Cent Nickel’s post New Passport Requirements for International Travel back in November when he was discussing the new requirements for international travel, and just yesterday I came across this article with some tips on getting your passport quickly, even with all the new rules and regulations surrounding them. So, I figured I would post some info here that hopefully would be helpful to those of you out there that DON’T have your passport yet but are planning on traveling in the very near future. Keep in mind though, that not planning ahead will cost you almost double.
For starters, in case you did not know yet:
“On Jan. 23, U.S. travelers will need a passport to fly back into this country from any destination outside the U.S., including Mexico, the Caribbean and Canada. Until the new rules, travelers could often complete such a trip with the proper photo identification and birth certificate alone.”
Hope you are not planning on going anywhere real soon, as it is going to cost you!
“The State Department offers an expedited service that offers passports within about two weeks, for an additional $60 fee on top of the $97 to apply for a new passport (for kids under age 16, the cost is $82) or $67 to renew a passport.”
Ouch, $157 for a new passport in a hurry! What happens if you need it REAL fast, as in overnight?
“If you want it back the next day, it can be had if you have a proven emergency and you can make an appointment at a passport agency,” Royster said, referring to the 15 passport agencies nationwide that are open to the public.”
Getting your passport through one of these 15 agencies would double the cost of an expedited passport through the government, sometimes costing in the neighborhood of $300-$350. You must REALLY want an overnight passport or have your company pay for it to accept that kind of expense Your best bet? Plan far in advance. According to Marketwatch, (and Five Cent Nickel) there are many new rules that could hamper your ability to get a passport if you do not follow them exactly:
I also wanted to point you to a few links that could help you in getting your passport in time:
And you can check out the entire article at Marketwatch
Happy traveling, and get your passport early, it will save you a bundle of money!