Passport is a mandatory document, which is required for international traveling. Infact many people get the passport done as evidence of identity. But many of you might not know that changes are coming in passport. Travel experts opine that it is important to remain updated regarding the changes particularly for travelers whose passports are due to expire in the coming years or months.
As per reports from the State Department, huge rush is expected for passport renewal in 2017 along with getting new passport. This is because the Department is expecting great backlog in applications. Moreover, there will be changes in the passport itself. Read on to find the various changes that are being expected in passports. Continue reading
As per recent reports, the European Parliament called the EU executive a few days back to make it compulsory for Americans to apply for their visas before they plan to visit Europe during summer. This step has increased the pressure to solve a long-running transatlantic dispute regarding the issue between Europeans and Americans. The European Commission emphasized on the fact that it pursued a diplomatic resolution to the row, reducing the chances of lawmakers setting a deadline on May to impose visas. This move would probably hurt the tourism sector of Europe. Continue reading
We all have been hearing about Brexit – United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union (EU), which is about to happen in two years time. Among the different impacts that Brexit would have on the world, travel is an important one. US citizens will find fewer options of flying abroad. Moreover, the passport lines will be longer as well when they travel. But the positive thing is that the trip would be cheaper when compared to present expenses. Continue reading
Are you looking to get a new passport in US or do you need to renew your passport for upcoming international travel plans? Well, if you are a delinquent tax payer in US, you will neither be able to get a new passport nor be able to renew it. Infact travel bans can also be implemented to people who have not cleared their taxes. Continue reading
The security is the main concern while we are discussing passports. The situation is even more serious if the passport in question is the strongest passport in the world, the US passport. As such, it is quite obvious if the concerned department looks after the strengthening of the security features as well as the sustainability of the document in making it safer both for the one who possesses it and also for the sake of the country as a forged passport might lead the entire country into turmoil. Thus it is important for all of us to know a bit or two regarding the latest updates in relation to the passport. Continue reading
The importance of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) and the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is going through a period which is definitely going to increase in the near future. Primarily, the ESTA has been initiated by the Department of Homeland Security in order to determine whether a traveller or a group for that matter is eligible to visit America without applying for a visa. Actually it is through this ESTA that the department can estimate whether a person is eligible for VWP. This VWP is a program which is basically an agreement between America and 38 other countries which include the likes of Australia, Japan, Greece and Spain which ensures that the citizens of those countries are eligible to stay in the US for a period of up to 90 days and also the US citizens are allowed to stay in those countries sans visa for the same length of time. Continue reading
Proper documentation is one of the foremost things you require while on travel or for that matter in any professional activity you are up to. Documentation, if properly maintained, can save you from quite a few problematic areas which otherwise might fetch you into a lot of unforeseen consequences. These facts are even more essential if you are the holder of one of the strongest passports in the world if not the strongest one, the US passport. Thus, it is also quite natural that the strongest passport in the world would be more prone to forgery than anything else in the planet. As such, knowledge regarding the features which protect your identity is quite essential and might help you unexpectedly. In the following part of this literature we would try to find out some of the features inherent in the US passport which saves yours from forgery and keeps you out of unwanted trouble. Continue reading
There are many people in the USA as well as all across the globe, who need to travel internationally quite frequently. For making an entry in a foreign place, it is important to have valid visa or permit stamp on the passport. It usually takes few days and even week’s time to get the visa processed, which is affixed on the passport. A traveler might need to visit two places in very short notice and both the places need visa. In such a situation, either the person has to cancel one trip or postpone it later. Also, there are many countries which deny providing visa if the passport has visas from countries, which are not very friendly. Obviously, these can affect business, which is not desirable at all. Continue reading
The first U.S. passports issued to a few number of people led by Benjamin Franklin on an important mission to France were single sheets of one-sided paper with a validity of 3 to 6 months. And obviously those passports were not powerful enough to protect the holder’s from being identity theft. Any forger could take advantage of the weak spots on those papers.
Be rest assured – your little blue book won’t change its color
Like every year, 2017 also brings lots of exciting travel news about new places inside and outside the country to explore. But to do so, you need a valid passport. And you should know how things would shake out for those little books.
Applications for passport are likely to rise
If you still don’t have a passport or have to renew it within next 6 months, apply right now. Continue reading