Take ten minutes now, and avoid hours of frustration later!
You may be ready for your trip, but what about your passport?
Now is the time to find your U.S. passport and check its expiration date (and the passports of everyone traveling with you). Please do not wait until the night before you fly or while you are checking in at the airport to find out your passport is expired. Airlines will not allow you to board a flight if you do not have a valid U.S. passport. And, the Consulate cannot issue emergency passports when we are closed (after hours and on weekends).
If you are looking to renew your passport soon or need to apply for a new one, now is the time to do it. On average, it takes 3 – 4 weeks to receive a passport in the mail. However, as we enter the busy season, appointment times are filling up quickly and travelers may need to budget extra time to apply for and receive their new passports.
Not sure you should get one now?
Many times, travelers think they don’t need a renewal or are not aware of passport guidelines in other countries. We recommend that travelers have at least 6 months validity left on their passport. Entry requirements differ from country to country. Many countries, including those in the Schengen zone, require a passport be valid for at least 6 months beyond the time of the traveler’s trip, even for those transiting only.
What about an Emergency Passport?
While we can issue Emergency Passports at post, it is a lot of extra work for you. Emergency Passports only have a limited validity of no more than one year, which means taking the time to reapply for your full validity replacement passport after your trip; this takes more time for you and us! This process includes completing another application form, providing new photos, and often making another trip to the Consulate. So why not take ten minutes now and check the validity of your passports?
For more information on how to renew a passport, check our website: https://jru.usconsulate.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passport-services/
Remember, Take Ten!