Places To Visit Before They Disappear

Paris, France. A city of beauty, art, music, and cuisine. Paris has been around for years and has cemented itself as the number one tourist spot in the world, and will probably hold that title for years to come… It’s nice, yeah, but it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. So what about all of those niche travel spots that might not be around in the future? They say that the polar bears will go extinct soon so may as well catch a glimpse so you can brag to the grandkids someday. Today we’ll be looking at some places that you can currently go to today but may not be able to in the future. We’ll also be going over how to attain a new passport or passport renewal at the end, so if you’re in need stick with us until the end!

Notre-Dame Cathedral

On April 15th the Notre-Dame Cathedral caught fire while undergoing various restoration projects. The fire was linked to the restoration attempts and as I write this the fires rage on. The verdict is yet to be out on whether the Cathedral will remain open following this disaster, or whether the monument will even survive. If you are currently in Paris I’d urge you to catch a glimpse of this architectural marvel on the off chance that things go south during future restoration attempts.

Komodo Dragons on Komodo Island. See them today when you apply for a new passport.

Komodo Island

Komodo Island is known for its large acid breathing lizards. No, not Godzilla, but the native komodo dragon. Unfortunately a few folks who like potentially deadly overgrown lizards decided they should smuggle a few off the island which has ignited a bit of a crisis in Indonesia which administers Komodo Island. The government of Indonesia has decided to place a temporary ban on entrance into Komodo Island beginning in 2020 while they implement measures to help preserve the endangered Komodo Dragon. Unfortunately for those of us who like to travel, this means we won’t be able to engage with one of Indonesia’s hottest tourist spots come next year. Fortunately for those reading this in 2019, you still have a few months to book a trip and get over there before the island is indefinitely closed to the public.

Should you make the trip this year you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the amount of ways you can approach the island. If you’d like to get more intimate with the island there are several Indonesian based tour companies that will take you to explore the entire island chain. That’s right it’s more than one island, three to be exact. These tours will take you through walking tours of the islands’ native flora and fauna, chances are you’ll even get with in walking distance of a komodo dragon. If walking isn’t your thing the islands are also a great place to dive, and most tours include this in the package. For those who just want a glimpse before moving on, a few cruise lines including Viking Cruises take a route which begins in Australia and has a day long stop on Komodo island for sightseeing.

The Great Barrier Reef

No fluff here, ocean pollution is a problem. Our ever rising population has led to record high levels of consumption which produces a load of pollution. Coral, those colorful rocks which dot reefs, are actually animals and not plants like some may think. Coral is more sensitive than a middle schooler who didn’t get asked to the dance, even touching coral can cause it’s structure to break down due to the natural acidity of the human body. With this in mind, the ever changing climate and acidity level of the ocean coupled with the trash collected in our oceans has led to massive coral die offs the world over. This includes one of the most iconic reefs in the world, The Great Barrier Reef. In fact, over half  of the reef has been reported to have died since as 2016. For those who aren’t familiar with the death of natural ecosystems; that’s fast. Unfortunately coral reefs take decades to form as the hard coral we think of is actually build up of the dead animal organism that actually is the coral.

So, what’s a traveler to do with a rapidly dying ecosystem on the verge of collapse? Typically if you want to see the Great Barrier Reef you begin your journey in Australia which officially administers the reef. From there you’ll most likely have to join one of the many tours that visit the reef every year. Since the reef has been such a money maker for travel agencies over the years a litany of companies offer tours for everyone’s budget. Make sure you have your passport before booking your trip, as you’ll need it to enter Australia. If you have a passport but it’s running low on pages or is expiring soon, consider applying for a passport renewal. Regardless, once you do make it to the reef you’ll probably be looking at it in one of two ways. If you enjoy snorkeling/scuba, many tours will gladly provide you with diving gear to get intimate with the reef’s inhabitants. Be warned, the reef’s inhabitants include a few species of sharks, so if you watched Jaws as a child and are still scarred perhaps our next option is more your speed. For those who suffer from acute aquaphobia, you still have the option of viewing the reef from a glass bottom boat. These boats are exactly what they sound like, boats with a transparent glass bottom that allow it’s riders to look down and enjoy the sights of the reef without any close encounters with hammerheads. Either way, head to The Great Barrier reef before all of the once vibrant coral turns a bleached white.

Italy's Venetian canals. Enjoy the beauty of Italy when you apply for a new passport.

Venice, Italy

Italy itself is known for being a large tourist destination with a wide range of cities, From Rome to Venice– Oh yeah, Venice might not be around in the future. This is also linked to human pollution, and more importantly, climate change. With the increasing climate comes rising sea levels. For those of you unfamiliar with the Italian city of Venice, the locale is known for the canals that criss-cross through the city. The waterways make travel by boat in the city viable, and for many it’s actually the preferred mode of transport through the city as the entire city is actually located on a series of small islands which are connected by a series of bridges. Naturally, the combination of it’s scenic waterways and being in Italy has made Venice a popular tourist spot.

With the rising sea levels however, it’s likely that soon travel by boat will be the only method of travel in the future as the sea may soon overtake pedestrian walkways. Climate change may not be the only culprit however, some researchers site shifting tectonic plates as one of the reasons the lagoon may soon disappear. This makes the issue plaguing venice a combination problem; the island itself is sinking while the sea around it is rising. If the local government doesn’t begin to look into solutions the entire city is slated to be underwater by the year 2100. However if things are heading that way in the near future it’s entirely possible that the city is instead evacuated rather than an actual fix being implemented. With all of that taken into consideration, it may be a good idea to head over sooner rather than later. Trust me, a gondolier ride through the thriving city of Venice is a lot more romantic than a gondolier ride through the half sunken remains of Venice.

Island Power Hour

All this talk of sinking cities has got me thinking of all the small scenic islands that may go the way of the dodo once sea levels rise too much. Instead of going in depth with all of these individual islands I’ve decided to group them together for the sake of time. Let’s first start with a list of all islands at risk of being swallowed by the sea:

  • The Maldives
  • Micronesia
  • Tuvalu
  • Fiji
  • Seychelles
  • Torres Strait
  • Palau
  • Republic of Kiribati
  • Samoa
  • Nauru
  • Marshall Islands
  • Solomon Island

Now, some of these aren’t islands but rather a series of islands called an archipelago. Fiji, for example, is an archipelago that contains about 330 islands. Some, like Tuvalu are comprised of as few as 9 islands, all of which are slated to disappear within the next few decades. Those of you out there with particularly sensitive FOMO senses may feel a bit tingly right now. Worry not, even though Tuvalu is a prime candidate to join the “hello I’m underwater” club there is also some evidence to show that it’s growing as fast as it’s sinking which may save it if climate change efforts around the world strengthen within the coming years.

Don’t think you can rest peacefully with the knowledge that these islands will most definitely exist in the coming decades. So far Tuvalu appears to be the only island outgrowing the threat of rising sea levels. If you haven’t visited any of the locations listed above consider an island hopping adventure to cross off as many as possible in a single go, you don’t have much time after all. Like with most forms of international travel you’ll need an active passport. If you don’t have a passport you’ll have to apply for a new passport. If you currently have a passport but lack the pages to visit all the islands on this list consider you can apply for a passport renewal.

The Arctic Circle

Now we get to talk about polar bears! All water contributing to rising sea levels has to come from somewhere, and the arctic circle is one of those places. Rising temperature means the ice that usually sits quite comfortably up at the north pole is melting at alarming rates. Currently NASA is claiming that arctic ice is decreasing by an alarming 13% a decade. This has several unfortunate consequences in The Arctic Circle. For example, unlike its sister pole in the south, The Arctic Circle doesn’t sit on any land. For example, let’s say that all the ice in Antarctica melts… Well, for one, everyone living on an island is probably screwed. HOWEVER, the good news is that under all that ice is a solid piece of land, so species like the penguin may not go completely extinct should a mass melting happen simply because they’ll have somewhere to be.

Polar bears may not be so lucky. Under the massive ice sheets of the north pole is… Nothing but ocean. While some land masses like Greenland and some of Canada’s northern territories extend into The Arctic Circle, they don’t make up a large part of the Polar Bear’s habitat. In other words, once all the ice up north melts the polar bears will either go extinct or be forced to move further south. Unlike their more common relatives like the black bear, polar bears are massive, about two to three times more massive than a black bear. So while the black bear has thrived in human inhabited areas due to it’s relatively small and non-threatening stature as well as its ability to scavenge, it’s unlikely the much more aggressive polar bear will be met with much acceptance if it’s forced to enter human cities to find food.

As far as visiting The Arctic Circle goes you’ll probably be heading there via boat or cruise ship. Cruises typically include excursions such as polar bear and whale watching. Naturally there are no airports located in The Arctic Circle because it’s mostly ice, hardly anyone lives there, and hardly any able bodied tourist wants to go there. There are some fly over tours that begin in Alaska and then head north to give passengers an aerial view of The Arctic Circle. Unfortunately no matter how you approach an arctic tour it’s going to cost you in the thousands, so maybe skip this spot and catch a polar bear in the zoo if that’s out of the realm of possibility for you.

That’s All! But What If You Still Need A Passport?

That’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed the read. Perhaps you noticed that all locations listed are outside the USA, this doesn’t exclude the USA from losing land to the sea however, in fact everyone’s favorite state Florida may lose a large portion of land to the sea in the future. However, if you’ve been to Florida and want to explore outside of the country you’ll need a passport! Lucky for you we’ve been helping travel lovers acquire passports for years, click here and check out our website for more info. Whether it be new passport, passport renewal, or replacing a lost/stolen passport, we’ve got you covered.

The Top Honeymoon Destinations for Every Type of Traveler

When it comes to exploring honeymoon locations, the possibilities are endless. Whether you’re a cold weather person and love the snow, or you prefer tropical temperatures and laying by the beach, there is no shortage of international destinations to consider.  

So, where should you start? How about applying for a new passport before your trip; what does that process involve? We’re diving into several exciting honeymoon destinations for every type of traveler. Whether you prefer fun adventures or total relaxation, we’ll let you know exactly what to expect when it comes to the passport process.  

Let’s get started!         

#1. The Adventure Seekers 

Costa Rica 

Calling all adventure seekers! If you and your significant other love the thrill of outdoor activities like backpacking through the wilderness, zip-lining and/or horseback riding, consider a honeymoon in Costa Rica. The warm weather makes nonstop outdoor activities possible almost every day of the year! And in Costa Rica, there is simply no shortage of things to do, from exploring volcanos, exotic rain forests, to visiting a local outdoor market.    

Guatemala

Alternatively, Guatemala also offers incredible adventures! If you and your beau prefer a more diverse option that isn’t a traditional destination for honeymooners, consider this beautiful country. Although there are plenty of bustling bars and restaurant options for you to explore, there are also pristine lakes, historic landmarks (be sure to see San Pedro!), and many hiking trails to discover as well.  

#2. For the Nature Lovers 

Bora Bora

Looking to spend most of your time outdoors, soaking up as much time in nature as possible? Then consider a trip to the small island of Bora Bora. Located approximately 160 miles away from Tahiti, Bora Bora is only 6 miles long but full of incredible scenic views, and jaw-dropping beauty. The small island includes tropical jungles, a dormant volcano, warm ocean water on all sides and much more.     

Sydney, Australia 

If you’re located in the U.S., Sydney, Australia requires a full day of flying but it’s absolutely worth it. If your ideal honeymoon includes gorgeous white sand beaches and amazing marine wildlife, this is the place for you. Additionally, the city has a state-of-the-art aquarium, botanical gardens, and the Taronga Zoo to also visit.    

#3. Looking for Total Relaxation?  

Cayman Islands 

If the inside of a spa or the umbrella above your beach chair is the only thing you’re interested in exploring on your honeymoon, we have you covered. Consider a trip to the Cayman Islands and fill your days with exploring the islands many beaches, exquisite spas, and yoga studios. If you feel like being adventurous one day, there are plenty of opportunities to charter a local boat to see the turtles and dolphins who frequent the area.     

Bali, Indonesia 

Bali is an ideal honeymoon spot for couples looking for lowkey fun. From its renowned resorts that overlook the beach, to the beautiful walking trails, there is no shortage of activities to take part in. Bali offers visitors animal sanctuaries to explore, yoga studios, serene beaches and much more, all for a relatively inexpensive cost compared to other international destinations.      

#4. The Ultimate Cultural Experience   

Paris 

If you prefer to use your honeymoon as an opportunity to experience new and exciting cultures, consider a trip to Paris, France. Few things are more romantic than seeing the Eiffel Tower at night or walking the historic cobblestone streets of the city with your significant other. The Luxembourg Gardens are another great place to explore during your trip, as well as the Arc de Triomphe. Between the incredible tourist opportunities and French cuisine, there’s a chance you may never want to return home again.    

Rio de Janeiro Brazil 

Rio de Janeiro may not be the first place that comes to mind when you consider honeymoon destinations, but you’ll want to add it to your list. Known for its gorgeous beaches, incredible scenery and the Carnival celebration, Rio de Janeiro has many landmarks to explore. Brazil is also home to the Maracanã football stadium, one of the largest in the world and a tourist favorite. The spectacular cuisine, outdoor farmer’s markets, and all the bright colorful buildings make for a fun and exciting trip.      

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Tips on Getting a New Passport Before Your Honeymoon

Before you’re able to start packing your suitcases, it’s important that you’ve properly planned for your honeymoon trip. For example, have you considered getting a new passport? If you’re planning on changing your last name immediately after your wedding ceremony, you’ll need to take into account that you’ll be required to get a new passport that reflects your new last name.   

If you’re wondering how to change your name on your passport, don’t worry, getting a new passport and dealing with a passport name change is incredibly simple if you know where to turn to for help. 

1). First, be sure that you’ve left yourself enough time to have your new passport processed before your trip. If your updated passport isn’t ready, you most likely will not be able to travel internationally. Please note, it can take anywhere between a few days up to 6 weeks to receive your new passport. This depends on how quickly you choose to have your passport processed, whether or not you properly submitted your paperwork and required documentation, and if there are any issues during processing.   

2). If you’re worried about the timing of obtaining a new passport in relation to your honeymoon, opt for expedited passport services. This will significantly cut down on the amount of time to takes for you to receive your new passport!  

3). To save yourself time, stress and hassle, consider turning to a professional passport agency. Chances are, after planning your wedding, you’re ready to let someone else handle the details of the passport process.  

The Passport Office specializes in helping people with the passport process, from start to finish. Whether you need a new passport or are trying to navigate the process of a passport name change, we can help. We offer both in-person and online passport services, for your convenience.  

Online, getting a new passport is just three easy steps. You start by filling out an application with several questions. Once submitted, you’ll receive detailed instructions on what to do next. From there, The Passport Office staff will prepare your documents for processing. And that’s it!  

Grab Your New Passport and Explore These Top Honeymoon Destinations This Year

Don’t let the idea of getting a new passport dampen your excitement for an incredible honeymoon trip. By hiring a professional and experienced team to handle the passport process for you, you’ll be able to focus on which destination best suits you and your beau, rather than which travel spot allows you to avoid the passport process.  

If you’re in need of name change services, help with how to change a name on a passport, or getting a new passport, we would love to assist you and your significant other. Begin the process online or schedule an appointment at one of our locations.  

8 New Passport Photo Do’s and Don’ts

When planning an upcoming trip, chances are you have researched the hotel, necessary flights, and travel activities. Have you checked to see if your passport is up to date? If it is time to renew your passport, that could mean a new passport photo, too.  

Most adult’s passport photos are valid for ten years, however, there are some exceptions to this rule. To ensure your passport is ready to go for your next international getaway, find out when you need a new passport photo, as well as eight passport photo do’s and don’ts. Let’s dive in!   

When Do You Need a New Passport Photo? 

There are several reasons to get a new passport photo taken. First, anyone under the age of 16 is required to apply for a child passport. For someone older than 16, here are four factors that may require a new passport photo being taken:  

  1. A significant change in your appearance due to extensive plastic surgery, severe facial trauma or facial deformities.  
  2. A large amount of weight loss. If serious weight loss has affected the appearance of someone’s face or facial structure, they may need to take a new passport photo.  
  3. A gender transition. If an individual has changed their gender from male to female or vice versa which has led to a significant change in their appearance, a new photo is mandatory.    
  4. The addition or removal of extensive facial tattoos. Additional tattoos on a person’s face or the removal of significant facial tattoos often requires a new passport photo.  

If you are unsure if the changes to your appearance constitute a new passport photo, contact the Department of State for further clarification. Next, let’s explore eight common passport photo do’s and don’ts to prepare for your next passport photo session.  

#1. Use Clear Photos Only 

One of the biggest reasons a new passport photo is not accepted is because the photo is not clear. Be sure the photo is in focus, not grainy and is in color. Additionally, check that you are not too far away in the photo and that all of your facial features are seen clearly. Specifically, the bottom of your chin to the top of the head should be between 1 -1 3/8 inches.  

#2. Check Your Photo’s Light Quality  

Another common mistake when it comes to new passport photos is ensuring the picture features adequate lighting. Passport photos cannot include shadows, particularly over a person’s face or head. Furthermore, the picture should not be overexposed, discolored or too bright. Red eyes should also be avoided.   

#3. Keep Your Eyes Open 

Although it may seem obvious, your eyes need to be fully open in your passport photo. For the best results, focus on the person’s nose who is taking your passport photo. This will ensure your eyes are not tilted too far up or down. Unfortunately, if you blink and your eyes close during your photo, you will need to retake it. Additionally, both of your eyes need to be included in your photo, meaning side profile photos are not accepted.  

#4. Your Face Must be Uncovered

Passport photos require that your face is not covered by hats, hair or eyeglasses. As of 2016, eyeglasses can no longer be worn in U.S. passport photos. According to the U.S. State Department, if you are unable to remove your glasses temporarily due to medical reasons, you will need to include a signed note from your doctor with your passport application. Additionally, jewelry that hides your face as well as headphones and other electronic devices are prohibited in passport photos.  

#5. Know the Correct Photo Dimensions 

When submitting a new passport photo, be sure it is the correct dimensions. Photos should be 2 x 2 inches. The picture should be printed on a matte or slightly glossy paper. Ensure that your photo does not have any holes, significant creases or smudges on it, as well. These factors may result in your passport photo being denied.   

#6. Strike the Appropriate Pose 

Unfortunately, selfies are not allowed when it comes to passport photos. It is required that someone else take your photo for you, or you use a tripod and a photo timer. In terms of your facial expression, your face should appear neutral or with a slight smile. As a rule, you should not smile with your teeth in your passport photo. Additionally, you want to ensure your head is centered in the picture frame and not tilted. 

#7. Pick the Right Attire   

Although it is tempting to dress up for your new passport photo, your picture should be taken in your everyday, normal clothing. Uniforms, as well as clothing that resembles a uniform, are not acceptable. Additionally, clothing featuring a camouflage pattern are also prohibited. To ensure you are following the passport photo rules, stick to basic clothing items such as jeans and a t-shirt.  

#8. Learn the Rules for a Child’s Passport 

The passport photo requirements for children and babies differ slightly than the requirements for adults. In an infant’s photo, it’s acceptable if their eyes are not fully open or looking straight forward. However, toddlers and older children are expected to be in the center of the photo, with their eyes facing forward and open.   

In order to take a passport photo for an infant, the U.S. State Department suggests laying the baby on his or her back on a plain white or off-white sheet. If possible, ensure there are no shadows across the baby’s head or face when taking the photo. For additional help, visit the U.S. State Department’s website to see example photos for a child’s passport.   

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Get Travel Ready with a New Passport Photo Today     

Let The Passport Office help you prepare for your next international trip. If you are in need of expedited passport services, passport renewal, a child’s passport or other passport help, look no further. Our team has over 20 years’ experience in the passport industry and offers fast and secure delivery. 

To get started, explore our eight office locations across the U.S., or get started online. We look forward to assisting you with your passport needs.   

Top International Travel Destinations for the Entire Family

Planning your next vacation? Go on an adventure and travel internationally. There are tons of incredible travel destinations outside of the U.S. that are ideal for exploring with your entire family. Whether you are interested in an action-packed trip full of outdoor activities, or prefer a vacation with more relaxing sightseeing, there is an international travel spot that is perfect for every family.  

To get started, check out our helpful tips when booking a family friendly trip. Then, discover seven amazing international travel destinations that are perfect for your family’s next getaway. Start packing today and do not forget to include their child passport.  

Helpful Tips to Successfully Book a Family Trip   

Before we begin, let’s review a few key tips for traveling abroad with children. Booking an international getaway with your entire family has incredible benefits, like allowing your children to experience new cultures and cuisine. However, it also requires a bit more planning than traveling with other adults.  

  1. First and foremost, be sure your children have a current child passport at least six months prior to your trip. In the U.S., a child passport is required for all international travel for children under 16. Consider using a passport services agency to ensure you filed the correct forms and accurately submitted all documents for the child passport process.   
  2. Ensure your children have all the necessary immunizations for international travel. Visit a travel clinic or your child’s primary care doctor approximately 3-6 months before your trip to ensure they have their required vaccinations in enough time. 
  3. Leave yourself ample time to get from one destination to the next during your travels. It is a good idea to assume that it will take longer to get everyone out of the house in the morning when you’re traveling with your children. Additionally, the flight check in process at the airport may take longer as well. Consider padding each leg of your trip with extra time to avoid being stressed or late the day of your trip.  

Remember, if you need help applying for a new child passport, or renewing passports, The Passport Office can help.  

#1. London 

London, England offers something fun for the entire family. If your family is a fan of Harry Potter, you are in luck! Stop and get a photo at Platform 9¾ in Kings Cross station or consider traveling to the Harry Potter studio just outside of London. There are family friendly activities in London such as touring the Tower of London to immerse yourself in English history or visiting the famed Shakespeare Globe Theatre. For additional fun, take a ride on the London Eye for a view of the entire city, or walk the cobble streets of Fournier Street in London’s Spitalfields neighborhood to see beautiful historic houses.   

#2. Montreal

If you are interested in exploring Canada, visiting Montreal is a must! If you are located in the northern United States, traveling across the border by car allows you to avoid renting a car once you arrive. If you opt to drive instead of flying, each family member will still need their adult and child passport handy.   

To discover the city’s rich history, stop in to the Pointe-à-Callière museum. Next, head to Mont-Royal, the mountain in the city’s center. There, you and your family will have the opportunity to hike, bike or even paddle board on the nearby lake. If outdoor adventure is your style, consider visiting Montreal during wintertime to explore the Hôtel de Glace which is an entire hotel made of ice and incredible ice sculptures. A visit to Montreal during colder weather also means your family will be able to take advantage of the many ice-skating rinks throughout the city, including Patinoire du Bassin Bonsecours in Old Montreal.   

#3. Sydney 

Looking for warmer weather? If so, Sydney, Australia is a fantastic tourist destination for your family. Spend a day at one of the many beaches, including Coogee Beach or Shelly Beach, soaking up the sun and admiring the gorgeous ocean views. If marine fun is of interest to your family, a visit to the city’s impressive aquarium is also a wonderful idea. Other fun places to explore include the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Taronga Zoo. Last, the historic Sydney Opera House offers kid-friendly entertainment with shows frequently geared towards children of all ages.      

#4. Barcelona

Barcelona is a beautiful travel destination with lots of options for your entire family to explore. Get a closer look at Gaudi’s artwork by planning a visit to Park Güell or wow your kids with an exciting ride in the city’s cable cars in Montjüic. If your family is a fan of soccer, you will want to check out the Camp Nou stadium, which is the largest stadium in all of Europe and the third largest in the world. For more fun, the city’s L’Aquarium Barcelona boats the largest sea tunnel in Europe, and the Tibidabo Amusement Park offers rollercoasters and other rides for all ages. Barcelona’s close proximity to France also allows you to take a quick trip to the French country while you are there; just be sure to keep your adult and child passports handy during your travels, in case you opt to explore additional countries.   

#5. Bail 

Bali, Indonesia has become one of the hottest tourist destinations over the past several years, for good reason. From its picture-perfect beaches to the year-round warm weather, Bali is an inexpensive travel destination with tons to explore. You can opt for a hotel with a stunning beach view, or a private pool that overlooks the local rice fields. Most hotels in Bali offer help planning tourist activities, such as walking trail adventures, ceramics classes or even fish feeding excursions. If your family includes animal lovers, be sure to make a stop at the Mandala Suci Wenara Wana ‘Monkey Forrest,’ which is a protected sanctuary for the adorable animals.           

#6. Cayman Islands 

Beach vacation, anyone? If spending your vacation snorkeling, walking the beach and catching sunrays sounds like your kind of fun, consider a trip to the Cayman Islands. The largest island in the Caymans is the Grand Cayman Island. This is the most popular island and features sandy beaches that are hot tourist destinations, such as Cemetery Beach and the famous Seven Mile Beach. The teenagers in your family can enjoy some of the best scuba diving spots in the world, and the younger children will love the opportunity to swim with the island’s giant turtles. If you grow tired of time at the beach, stop into the island’s museum or take a pirate cruise!  

#7. Paris

In addition to beautiful family picture opportunities at the Eiffel Tower, Paris also offers more fun activities for the entire family. Consider touring the Arc de Triomphe or the Catacombs located underneath the city for a look at Paris’ incredible architecture. If the weather is nice plan to explore the Luxembourg Gardens, where musical performances and theater shows are often happening. If your kids are craving more adventure, by Disneyland Paris where they can burn off some major energy on amusement rides. If you are feeling extra adventurous, consider taking a quick flight to Belgium or Switzerland while you’re in Paris. Take full advantage of your child passport’s during your vacation as they are only valid for five years at a time.    

Start Planning the Ultimate Family Friendly Trip   

Traveling internationally with your family is exciting but comes with its own set of challenges to consider. Preparing for a trip can be overwhelming but the passport process does not have to be. Do not let applying for a child passport discourage you from booking a memorable vacation. 

For years, The Passport Office helps American families with their passport needs. If you are planning an upcoming family trip and need assistance applying for or renewing a child passport, we seamlessly navigate the process.  

Begin the process for a child passport online or schedule an appointment at one of our convenient office locations instead.   

3 Great Excuses to Travel Abroad Post-Graduation

Graduating from college is an exciting time in a persons’ life. Entering the ‘real world’ can be daunting, so it might be a good idea to explore your options. You have your whole life to work. Ultimately, there is no better time to travel abroad than post-graduation.       

First, it is important to ensure you are fully prepared. To start, consider why exploring expediaed passport services is a smart idea. For example, using a passport agency to help with the process means one less element of your trip you need to worry about. Plus, applying for a new passport and navigating the renewal process can be a bit confusing on your own. 

Discover three compelling reasons why traveling abroad after graduation is a great plan. From gaining unique networking opportunities to learning how to travel on a budget, you will be packing your bags and booking flights in no time! 

First, is Your Passport Ready to Go?  

There are several elements to planning a trip abroad. Purchasing the flights and hotel stays are only half of it. Leave the passport expediting to the experts and focus on the fun for your trip.   

Expedited passport services offered at an agency such as The Passport Office walks you through each step. We help you accurately fill out all the required documentation. Our expedited passport services are available online and at each location. To start, book an appointment through our site.  

If you want to travel immediately after graduation, you may need an expedited passport. Processing options include standard service, rush service, priority service, emergency and same day services. Our experienced customer support team makes sure your passport is in your hands prior to the trip.  

The Passport Office has office located across the U.S. in San Francisco, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Seattle and Houston. To schedule an appointment for expedited passport services, contact the Passport Office today. Otherwise, you can get started at any time 

Let’s dive into a few compelling reasons why traveling abroad after college graduation is a great decision.   

#1. Travel While You Have Less Responsibilities 

Post-graduation is the perfect time to travel before you start utilizing your hard-earned degree. Although that may be a hard concept to grasp now, consider some of the facts:   

1. You likely do not have a spouse or children yet and are able to only think about your own desires.

2. You probably are not paying for a mortgage at this point or have a significant amount of monthly payments. 

3. Oftentimes, your student loans (if you have any) have a grace period of at least 6-12 months, giving you time before those reoccurring monthly payments set in. 

Once you graduate college, you have the freedom to explore the real world. Freedom in both your schedule and in the fact that you don’t have to answer to anyone else just yet. Take the time now to enjoy yourself.  

Want to give back and experience a new culture? Consider volunteering while you are abroad. Volunteering is a unique way to see the world.  

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#2. Explore New Places on a Budget

If you choose to travel abroad after graduation, there is a great chance you can on a budget. When traveling, use your college ID which offers discounts. When booking your trip, always be sure to inquire about student rates or perks!  

If you are traveling on a budget, we recommend staying in hotels or room-share locations. These options offer great ways to save money abroad. 

If you need to start making money immediately after you graduate, there are ways to travel and do that at the same time. Consider applying for jobs in a foreign country, that leave you enough time to explore the new area you are in. For example, teaching English abroad. You will have time to explore after classes each day, on weekends and during school breaks.  

Be sure to review all of the required paperwork and procedures related to a travel Visa and getting an expedited passport by consulting with a professional passport agency prior to your trip.  

#3. Network & Prepare Yourself for the Career World

One of the biggest benefits of traveling is being exposed to different types of people, personalities and cultures. All these experiences help prepare you for a successful career. When you take a job, navigating a relationship with your new coworkers can be among the most challenging parts.  

Consider your travels abroad as a great way to prepare for meeting tons of new coworkers at your first fulltime job. Traveling internationally requires patience, kindness and adaptation. The same goes for starting a career.   

Try researching a few networking opportunities when you are traveling abroad. For example, local meetups for people in the industry you are trying to enter, or events and conferences. Another great idea is to research internship opportunities abroad. This will not only help you learn the industry and gain real-life experience, it will also look great on your resume when you go to apply for jobs back home.   

Start Exploring Expedited Passport Services and Plan to Travel Abroad After Graduation

Although graduating college is an exciting time, it can also be overwhelming. Before you dive right into getting a fulltime job, consider taking time to travel abroad first. Whether you are looking to enjoy your freedom before the ‘real world’ sets in, or you want to get some unique job experience on your resume, traveling might be the answer.    

Before you pack your bags, be sure you have your passport all set and ready to go. Don’t let the expediated passport process discourage you from booking an incredible travel experience, post-graduation.  

The Passport Office is here to help. We offer customers expediated passport services in their offices located across the U.S., as well as online. The Passport Office has been helping American families seamlessly navigate the passport process for years.  

Begin the process for a new passport online or schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations. 

Your Top 10 Questions on Expedited Passport Services, Answered

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Whether you are new to traveling internationally, or you are a seasoned traveler, sometimes the passport process can be a bit confusing to figure out. Trying to determine which forms you need to print and fill out on the government’s website can feel like an IQ test of some sort. Thankfully, there are options that offer convenient, stress-free services for things like applying for a new passport, expedited passport services and passport renewals. 

So, what exactly does passport expediting involve? And can you get passport help in person or just online? Furthermore, how quickly are you able to get a new passport and what happens if you need a child’s passport?  

We have gathered the top ten most commonly asked questions about passports to help you navigate the passport process more efficiently. Whether you are curious if passport services are offered by the government, or you need more information about expedited passport services and getting your passport quickly, we are here to help. Let’s get started!   

#1. What are Expedited Passport Services? 

Expedited passport services are offered by passport companies for the purpose of taking stress out of the passport process. Customer service representatives walk a customer through each step of getting their new passport, assisting with lost or stolen passports or with applying for a child’s passport. They ensure that you have all of the required documentation and necessary paperwork filled out and completed accurately. 

Passport expediting services are offered both online and in person. The Passport Office also offers the option of walk-in appointments, or the ability to schedule an appointment ahead of time, for a customer’s convenience.

#2. What is the Process for Expediting a Passport? 

To begin with expedited passport services, first decide if you want to complete the process online or in-person. If you decide to book an in-person appointment, a customer support representative will assist you by letting you know what information you need for your application. They will also type all of your information for you during your appointment, to further expedite the process. 

If you opt for online expedited passport services, the application process takes just three simple steps. Each step is easy to understand with the required sections of information outlined clearly.  

Get started today by booking an appointment for in-person assistance or going through the process online.  

#3. What are the Benefits of Using a Passport Expediting Company? 

There are several benefits to using an expedited passport service. In a nutshell, these services take the stress out of trying to figure out the passport process on your own. This can be a huge relief if you are trying to get your passport quickly, you are dealing with a lost passport or you have never traveled internationally and need a place to start.  

The biggest benefits to working with a team such as The Passport Office, include a super-fast turnaround, the option for same-day services, secure delivery of documents and an expert level of care. 

#4. Where Can You Get Your Passport Expedited in Person? 

The Passport Office has several locations across the United States for our customers convenience. Our offices are in San Francisco, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Seattle and Houston.  

If you are in the busy areas of Tampa or Orlando, our offices can save you an incredible amount of time. The nearest government passport processing facility to these locations is in Miami, which is 4 hours away from you. Additionally, our location in Los Angeles offers tourists the passport help they need, without waiting at the local government’s processing center for hours.  

If you are interested in passport help, find our offices near you.   

#5. Are Passport Expediting Services Offered Through the Government? 

It is important to understand the organizations offering expedited passport services are not a branch of the government or affiliated with the government in any way. These businesses, such as The Passport Office, are licensed to submit passport applications on behalf of the customer. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to call our team. 

#6. How Quickly Can You Get Your Passport Expedited? 

At The Passport Office, we allow customers to choose how quickly they need their passport. Options include standard service, rush service, priority service, emergency service and same day services. It is great peace-of-mind knowing a team of customer support professionals works with you to ensure your passport is in your hands prior to the trip. 

#7. What Should You Look for in a Passport Expediting Company? 

When it comes to selecting a company to assist you with expedited passport services, it is important to choose the right one. The Passport Office has been helping people with expedited passport services, passport renewal, child’s passports and more for over 20 years. Our experienced team prides itself on offering the highest level of customer service in the industry, with a major focus on professionalism. This is evident in their more than 445 online reviews, which are overwhelmingly positive. 

#8. Can You Receive a Lost or Stolen Passport Renewal Quickly? 

If you are within the United States and need a replacement passport, The Passport Office can help. Our experienced professionals specialize in walking people through dealing with a lost or stolen passport situation. In a few easy steps, we will have the correct paperwork filed and your documents prepared for processing.  

We understand that this can be a stressful process. Begin the process online today, or contact us to schedule an appointment at one of our locations across the United States.  

#9. What If I Need a Child Passport for My Child? 

The process of getting a passport for someone who is below the age of 16 is very different than applying for a passport as an adult. Explore some helpful tips about getting a child’s passport:  

  • A minor under 16 is required to have both legal guardians with them when they apply for a passport. 
  • A child’s passport last for 5 years, whereas an adult’s lasts for 10 years. 
  • The child will need to provide a birth certificate that demonstrates their citizenship and their parent’s identities, in order to apply for a passport. 
  • Similar to when an adult applies for a passport, the child is required to have a current photo for their passport. You can provide a photograph or have one taken.  

Additionally, the proper child passport application form will need to be accurately filled out.  

#10. How Do I Renew My Passport? 

If you are looking to renew your passport in a hurry, we suggest using a passport office to assist with expedited passport services. This ensures you complete all the necessary paperwork, have not forgotten anything and your application has been securely submitted and processed.  

Otherwise, you can download the DS-82 form and complete the process via mail. To do so, you will need to accurately complete the form and send your current passport, two recent passport photos, payment and proof of name change if applicable to the applicant provided on the application. 

The renewal process typically takes anywhere between four to six weeks. You can request expedited passport services to speed up the process to approximately 2-3 weeks but this speed is not guaranteed. Be sure to write the word “EXPEDITE” in large letters on the outside of the envelope and use an overnight delivery service if you choose to do this. 

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Contact The Passport Office Today to Get Started   

The Passport Office has assisted the American traveling public with their passport needs for years. If you are within the United States and need an expedited passport, let The Passport Office team help you navigate the process securely. 

To get started, apply for an expedited passport online or contact our team to set up an appointment today.  

Are Expedited Passport Services Legitimate? Yes. Here’s Why

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Oftentimes, one of the most stressful parts of planning a trip is navigating the passport process. Having to renew an existing passport or apply for a new one can be a confusing process to figure out. If you’re unsure of which documents you need, or where to go for your passport services, it can also be super time-consuming as well.

Furthermore, if you’re in need of expedited passport services, the process is even more stressful as you’re looking to get your passport figured out as soon as you can. The good news is that regardless of whether you’re looking to apply for a brand-new passport, or you need yours renewed as quickly as possible, there are companies who offer expedited passport services that are available to help you.

Today, we’re exploring what exactly passport expediting services are, how the process works, the benefits of using a reputable company such as The Passport Office and more. If you’ve been curious about whether or not passport expediting services make sense for you and your family, you’ll want to take a read.   

What are Expedited Passport Services?

Expedited passport services take the stress out of the process by walking an individual through the steps of getting their passport, and ensuring they have all of the required documentation and necessary paperwork completed accurately. These services are offered both online and in person, for a customer’s convenience. Companies such as The Passport Office also offer the option of walk-in appointments or the ability to schedule an appointment ahead of time.

During the expediting process, you’re able to choose how quickly you need your passport. Options include standard service, rush service, priority service, emergency and same day services. Having a team of customer support professionals work with you to ensure your passport is in your hands before your trip is incredibly helpful.

Additionally, it’s important to understand which organizations offer expedited passport services. Companies who offer passport expediting services are not a branch of the government, or affiliated with the government in any way. These businesses, such as The Passport Office, are licensed to submit passport applications on behalf of the customer.

What is the Process for Expediting a Passport?

As we previously mentioned, certain companies allow you to expediate your passport online or during an in-person appointment. The Passport Office offers customers both of these options for their convenience. Their offices are located across the U.S. in San Francisco, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Seattle and Houston.

Once you’ve determined whether you want to begin expedited passport services online or in-person, the process is incredibly simple. Unlike when you attempt to navigate the passport process on your own, every step is clearly outlined for you, so you’re never confused about what to do or when.

In-person, a customer support representative will type of all of your information for you, to further expedite the process. Online, the application process is broken out into small, easily understandable sections that are clearly labeled. No confusing forms to try to understand and no complicated language.

To schedule an appointment for a new passport, contact our team today. Otherwise, you can get started at any time online.

What are the Benefits of Using The Passport Office?

The Passport Office has been helping people with expedited passport services, passport renewal, child’s passports and more for over 20 years. Their experienced team prides itself on offering the highest level of customer service in the industry, with a major focus on professionalism. This is evident in their more than 445 online reviews, which are overwhelmingly positive.

With The Passport Office, customers are offered:

  • Incredibly fast turnaround, with same day services available.
  • Secure delivery of documents and an expert level of care with sensitive information.
  • Kind and attentive customer support professionals.  

When it comes to selecting a company to assist you with expedited passport services, it’s important to choose the right one. Consider some of the following before choosing the first passport expediting business you find online:

  • Do they offer the option of speaking to someone in-person or only an online application process?
  • Are there multiple office locations to choose from for your convenience?
  • How easy are the forms to navigate for the online application process? Do you understand what is required of you?

Calling All Florida Travelers: Choose a More Convenient Expedited Passport Services Process

If you’re located in the Tampa or Orlando areas, you’re in luck. As you may already be aware, unfortunately, the nearest government passport processing facility is in Miami, which is 4 hours away from you. This is where The Passport Office is able to make your passport process remarkably convenient and much less stressful.

Having the ability to apply for your passport online or at one of our locations in Orlando or Tampa can save you hours of your time. The Passport Office offers customers walk-in appointments as well, whereas the government passport office requires an appointment that can take a week or two to get.

Our goal is to ensure the passport process is as seamless, convenient and stress-free as possible for you. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to focus on your upcoming trip, rather than how you’re going to deal with the complicated details of the passport process? We think so. Learn more about our Tampa and Orlando locations today, or explore all of our offices across the United States online.

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Contact The Passport Office Today to Get Started  

Expedited passport services don’t have to be an overwhelming process, or a part of the pre-trip preparation that you need to fret about. Rather than trying to figure out which documents you need, which government location you’re supposed to go to, and how much time the process might take, let the passport professionals help you instead.

The Passport Office is a passport expediting service that provides timely services to the American traveling public. If you’re within the United States and need an expedited passport, turn to The Passport Office team. Whether you prefer to go through the process online, step by step, or you would like to meet with someone in-person, we can help. You’ll be amazed by how easy and quick the process is.

To get started, apply for an expedited passport online, or contact our team to set up an appointment today.

Explore Getting a New Passport and Taking These Quick International Flights

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There are few things more exciting than traveling to a new city or exploring one of your very favorite places to visit. Whether you’re in need of a relaxing beach vacation, or you’re looking to walk the vibrant streets of a bustling city, sometimes a quick international trip is exactly what’s needed.

Unfortunately, finding enough time to get away can seem like a major chore. There is the task of getting a new passport, and then planning the actual travel itself. Where do you begin looking for the best international flights? Is it possible to go somewhere fun without spending hours upon hours on a plane? Don’t worry, international travel doesn’t have to be difficult!

We’ve rounded up some of the best, quick international flights from cities all across the United States. If you’re looking to plan your next getaway, there’s a great chance your exciting destination is just a short flight away. Let’s begin!   

First, Start by Getting a New Passport

Before you start packing your bathing suit and your sunscreen, be sure to double check whether or not getting a new passport should be on your list of things to do before you take off on your trip. If it’s time for a new passport, don’t sweat it! Getting a new passport is incredibly simple if you know where to turn to for help.

The Passport Office specializes in helping people with the passport process, from start to finish. In fact, their process for getting a new passport is just three easy steps and can be done online. You start by filling out an application of several questions. Once you submit the form, you’ll receive detailed instructions on what to do next. Last, the Passport Office team will help prepare your documents for processing.

Don’t let the idea of getting a new passport prevent you from taking an exciting trip. We’ll walk you through the entire process and ensure you have everything you need.

#1. Miami to the Cayman Islands

Total Plane Time: 1 ½ hrs.

If a beautiful beach getaway is what you have in mind, the Cayman Islands is a fantastic option to consider. For people located in Miami, you can catch a direct flight to the Caymans that’s only an hour and a half! Airline Southwest routinely flies this route, for between $300- $500, roundtrip.

The Caymans consist of three different islands, with Grand Cayman being the largest of the bunch. There are numerous gorgeous beaches to explore, as well as the opportunity to see local marine life such as sea turtles and stingrays. If you plan your trip in May, you’ll also be able to catch the annual Carnival activities, known as Batabano.    

#2. New York City (JFK) to Haiti

Total Plane Time: 4 hrs.

Calling all New Yorkers! Port-au-Prince, Haiti is a unique and historic adventure, perfect for a weekend getaway. After a quick, four-hour flight, you’ll be ready to explore this remarkable city, full of beautiful beaches and local culture. Haiti is ideal for the traveler who wants to see stunning architecture. Additionally, the country features picturesque waterfalls and incredible seafood cuisine.

If you’re looking for a new and exciting vacation spot, consider Haiti. You won’t regret exploring the local flea markets and food vendors, and you simply can’t beat the quick four-hour flight there from NYC.

#3. Newark to the Bahamas

Total Plane Time: 3 hrs., 15 mins 

Delta, JetBlue and many others frequently make the quick trip between New Jersey and the Bahamas. Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, features a bustling city with a laid-back island feel. The Bahamas offers all the essentials you need to be comfortable while on vacation, with gorgeous beaches and incredible weather almost year-round.

Once on the island, travelers commonly take smaller planes to island jump and explore the outer, more remote islands. As a well-known travel destination from the Northeast United States, the Bahamas are ideal for long weekend trips.    

#4. San Francisco to Calgary, Canada

Total Plane Time: 2 hrs., 30 mins 

If you are more of a cold weather person, consider heading north for an easy getaway. For those of you located in the San Francisco area, Calgary is a fantastic destination to explore. After getting a new passport, in just two and a half hours, you’ll be transported from busy northern California to breathtaking scenic views in western Canada. Plane tickets typically cost approximately $300 or so.

Whether you’re looking to horseback ride, rock climb or even heli-hike, Calgary is all about being outdoors. This area is truly ideal for the nature lover and outdoorsmen.   

#5. Los Angeles to Cancun

Total Plane Time: 4 hrs., 30 mins 

For an affordable and quick international trip, Mexico is a fantastic option for travelers located in Los Angeles. The Cancun area features something for everyone, from the socialite and partier to the introvert who wants to explore nature. Although you may think of Cancun primarily as a party destination, there are many areas close by, such as Isla Mujeres, that offer a more tranquil and peaceful vacation opportunity.

Explore art museums, take in the local culture at food markets or simply relax on the beach in Cancun, Mexico for an inexpensive and easy trip. Step one in your Mexico trip planning? Getting a new passport and ensuring you’re ready to travel internationally.

#6. Chicago to Quebec, Canada

Total Plane Time: 4 hrs. 

Looking for an international travel destination that offers culture, major history, and incredible food? Search no further than Quebec City. Picture narrow, cobblestone roads, incredible historic buildings, and a romantic French accent and that’s Quebec! The city offers many quaint bakeries, cafes and bars that can easily be explored on foot for the traveler who loves great food.

Just four hours from Chicago, you’ll be on your way to one of the most spectacular travel destinations in North America.  

#7. Boston to Bermuda

Total Plane Time: 2 hrs. 

Located just two hours from Boston, Hamilton, Bermuda is another amazing warm weather travel spot to consider this year. Tourists can explore Bermuda via local bike trails or on a paddle board in the ocean at a local beach. The country is full of bright colors, sunny skies and a fun downtown full of local shops.  

Be sure to add Bermuda to your list of quick international flight options this year! Start by first getting a new passport to ensure you’re ready to go.

#8. Philadelphia to the Dominican Republic

Total Plane Time: 3 hrs., 45 mins 

Continuing our list of incredible beach vacations, for travelers located in Philly, the Dominican Republic is a must-see location. Popular vacation spot Punta Cana has many resorts that offer numerous all-inclusive vacation opportunities, so you don’t have to worry about planning a single accommodation once your trip is booked. Along with the 70-80 degree weather year-round, it’s truly a fantastic vacation option.

Consider getting a new passport and packing your bags for Punta Cana this year.  

#9. Atlanta to Costa Rica

Total Plane Time: 3 hrs., 55 mins 

For East coast travelers, Costa Rica is a quick and easy destination. Costa Rica is ideal for people looking to enjoy warm weather and who also want to explore fun outdoor activities. Known for its active volcanoes, horseback riding, bungee jumping and zip lining, you don’t have to worry about being bored while in Costa Rica.

The best part? Travelers coming from Atlanta can get there in just under four hours.

#10. Dallas, Texas (DFW) to Guatemala

Total Plane Time: 4 hrs.   

Guatemala offers adventures galore for people looking to take a trip somewhere new and exciting. From volcanos to bar hopping and exploring beautiful lakes, Antigua, Guatemala does not disappoint. Antigua is a popular destination for backpackers and those looking to explore incredible historic towns, such as Panajachel, San Pedro, and San Marcos.  

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Consider Getting a New Passport and Taking a Fun, Quick International Trip

If you’re looking for fun, quick and exciting travel opportunities this year, there are tons to choose from. Regardless of which corner of the United States you’re located in, there are tons of international flights that can transport you to a new city in a matter of a few hours. Start preparing for your next international trip by first getting a new passport, and then researching where you want to explore.

The Passport Office can assist you with getting a new passport, renewing your passport and asking all of your passport related questions. Begin the process online or schedule an appointment at one of our locations.

What to do When Your Passport is Lost or Stolen When You’re Abroad

Picture this: you’re enjoying yourself on the incredible vacation you’ve been planning for several months. You made sure to take all the necessary precautions of printing backup copies of your flight itineraries, your hotel confirmation and your ground transportation details.

However, halfway through your amazing trip, you realize you can’t find your U.S passport and panic starts to set in. Dealing with a lost or stolen passport while traveling abroad can be a helpless feeling. There are probably a million questions that cross your mind, such as what do I do first? Can I call the U.S. government from abroad? How am I going to get back to the United States again?

Before you fret, there is good news; there are several steps you can take to rectify the situation and deal with your lost or stolen passport like an expert. Explore our top tips for navigating this scary situation so you’re able to get back to enjoying your vacation. These tips will also ensure that you’ll be well prepared the next time you travel out of the country! Let’s get started.    

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Step #1: Find the Nearest U.S Embassy

Once you realize that you have a lost or stolen passport, before you do anything else, find the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in the country you’re visiting. They are the organization that is going to help issue you your new passport. To locate them, head somewhere that has an internet connection somewhere such as a coffee shop or a hotel and consult the following online resources:

  • U.S. Embassy Website
  • Contact information for the U.S. embassies and consulates is also available on the U.S. Department of State’s website.
  • You may also wish to contact the Office of Overseas Citizens Services, U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C, at 1-888-407-4747.

Once you’re at the embassy, you’ll want to ask to speak to the Consular Section to report your lost or stolen passport. They will guide you through the process and let you know the exact steps that you need to take. If you’re scheduled to leave the country that you’re visiting soon, be sure to let them know so they’re able to set things in motion as soon as possible.

When you lose your passport in a foreign country, you will be given a one-year limited passport in order to return to the United States.  You will have one year from the issue date of the limited passport to mail it back for a regular 10-year passport.  In order to initiate that process, you would need to send in proof of citizenship, a new photo, the letter mailed to you accompanying the limited passport, a new photo, form DS-5504 and a copy of your ID.  If you delay beyond the 1-year validity of the limited passport, you will need to take the extra step of visiting a passport office to have your identity verified rather than just mailing it in.

Pro Tip: Research Where the Nearest US Embassy is Before a Trip 

Before you take off for your next trip overseas, consider researching where the nearest U.S. embassy is relative to your vacation destination. This will ensure you’re super prepared and know exactly where to go in the event that you’re dealing with a lost or stolen passport again.  

Step #2: File a Police Report for Your Lost or Stolen Passport

If you are confident that your passport was stolen rather than misplaced, be sure to file a report at the local police station. That way, local authorities can begin looking for whoever took it, and ideally, help prevent them from stealing additional passports in the future.

Also, in certain countries, you cannot get a new passport issued until you have officially reported your original one missing, so this is an important step to take. If you’re unsure of where to find the nearest police station, ask staff members at the U.S. embassy and they can point you in the right direction.

Pro Tip: Make Copies of Your Passport Information 

Although no one can foresee a lost or stolen passport, it’s always better to be over prepared in the event you’re ever forced to deal with this situation while on a trip overseas. As you’re packing for your next trip out of the country, make photocopies of your passport information as well as your drivers license. Be sure to pack those backup copies in a different bag than your original copies, in the event you lose your purse or luggage. That way, when you’re dealing with a lost or stolen passport, you will still have the backup copies to prove to the U.S. embassy that you are who you say you are when filing for a new passport.  In addition, be sure to take pictures on your phone of all these documents (passport and drivers’ license) and email them to yourself, that way you will always have a stored copy somewhere that you can access.

Step #3: Gather and Print the Required New Passport Paperwork

When experiencing a lost or stolen passport, there is a lot of paperwork that comes along with rectifying the situation. If you’re able to, get a head start on the process by printing a DS-11 and a DS-64 form from the U.S. embassy’s website before you head to the embassy. Fill out the form as best as you can and also try to locate any other forms of identification you have on you.

While at the embassy, some of the additional paperwork and things you’ll need to obtain include:

  • Getting a new passport photo. The embassy will let you know where you can go to get a new picture taken.
  • Providing a written statement about where and when you may have misplaced your lost or stolen passport.
  • Filling out a standard application for a new U.S. passport.

If you have access to any of the following forms of identification, they will come in handy:

  • A driver’s license
  • Proof of travel such e.g. travel itinerary or copy of plane tickets
  • Evidence of US citizenship such as, a copy of your birth certificate
  • Your copy of the recent police report you filed for your lost or stolen passport.

Pro Tip: Set Aside an Emergency ‘Lost or Stolen Passport’ Fund

Unfortunately, dealing with a lost or stolen passport can be a bit expensive. You will be required to pay a fee for your new passport when you apply. You will also incur costs when you get a new passport photo taken. There may be additional costs of traveling to the local police station and finding the nearest U.S. embassy. Consider packing an additional “just in case” fund when you travel abroad in the event you run into issues with your lost or stolen passport and need to pay some of these out-of-pocket, unexpected fees.   

Step #4:  Try to Remain Patient

This step may be the most challenging of them all! Although the U.S. embassy in the country that you’re visiting will do their best to help you as quickly as they can, it may take a bit of time to get your new passport. Also, it’s important to note that the embassy cannot issue a passport during the weekend or over a holiday. There may be very rare exceptions, such as a life or death emergency, but otherwise, you will need to wait until Monday morning.

How quickly you will be issued a new passport will depend on your travel plans. In certain cases, you may be able to obtain an emergency passport that will come in approximately 24 hours or so, which would get you back to the U.S. but would not be valid for travel anywhere else. In most situations, it will take at a minimum, several days to get your new passport delivered to the country you’re located in. 

Pro Tip: Contact the Passport Office about Your Lost or Stolen Passport

If you’re within the United States and need a replacement passport, The Passport Office can help. Our experienced professionals specialize in walking people through dealing with a lost or stolen passport situation. In a few easy steps, we will have the correct paperwork filed and your documents prepared for processing.

Begin the process for an expedited passport online today, or contact us to schedule an appointment at one of our locations across the United States. We look forward to assisting you!

The Top 16 Countries That Require Visas for US Citizens

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You’re all packed for the big trip. Ready to explore the sights and sounds of an African Safari – or see the Great Wall of China.

But did you pack your Visa?  

We’re not talking about visa credit cards. We’re talking travel Visas.  

Officially speaking, a visa is an endorsement. It grants a passport holder entry into a country for a specific time-period. Every country has a unique set of rules that dictate which nationalities can enter with or without a visa.  

US citizens have one of the ‘strongest’ passports in the world and can travel without a visa to 116 countries.  

This is fantastic – until you realize there are over 80 countries that require a Visa of some kind. Forty-nine of them are eVisa’ or ‘visa on arrival’ countries.  

– ‘eVisa’ is an option that enables travelers to submit a visa application online prior to visiting a country. It enables you to enter a country immediately upon arrival with a passport and visa on hand. 

– ‘Visa on arrival’ allows a traveler to purchase a visa when arriving to their destination country. For example, upon crossing the Mexican border – visitors can purchase a six-month tourist visa for $25. Plenty of time for tamales, tequila and addressing an endless taco addiction.  

Travel is fun – but logistics can be a bureaucratic drag. Obtaining visas requires yet another step for people to deal with in their travel. 

But don’t forget, there are also 33 countries that require US citizens to obtain a physical visa prior to arrival. When this is the case, you’ll need to undergo an often-lengthy process that takes time, paperwork and money.  

We can help.  

Our Visa Service Department assists with the process. If you need a new passport, visa, or both: we can help make the application MUCH smoother.  

Check our list to see if your upcoming travel destination requires a visa. If so – don’t panic. Refer to our website where you can select your destination and see which visas are available

China 

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It isn’t easy for US citizens trying to visit this beautiful ancient country. Chinese law requires US passport holders to apply for a visa at their local Chinese consulate. Once the visa is ready, they require applicants to pay the application fee and pick up the visa from the Embassy or Consulate General.  

This a massive inconvenience for people who live hundreds of miles from their nearest Chinese consulate – for US tourists, China requires a particularly long list of documents and a travel itinerary.  

Luckily, we aim to please. For over 20 years, our service has allowed people to get their passports and visas quickly and without taking time and expense to go to the nearest Chinese consulate.  

Russia 

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One of the strictest countries for US citizens seeking a visa. To explore the world’s largest country, US citizens will undergo a complex visa application process that is infamous for rejecting applicants for the smallest of reasons. You’ll be needing a shot of vodka before you even get to Russia.  

Applicants must submit (and pick up) their visa applications at a regional office. You need a lengthy list of documents and (also) an invitation from a host, tour operator or hotel in Russia confirming your stay.  

It’s such a time intensive process it should almost be a crime to not have your Russian visa expedited. The amount of time and effort saved would seem a no-brainer.  

Kenya 

Most African countries require US citizens to obtain a visa – and east Africa’s most popular tourist destination is no exception.  

It’s a country that is home to some of the world’s most well-known safaris, national parks and of course Africa’s largest mountain – the majestic Mount Kiliminjaro.  

Kenya is an eVisa or ‘visa on arrival’ country which means we can help you get your visa quickly and in as little time as 1-2 days. The perfect option for people who want to leave the bureaucratic work to us – and walk straight into Kenya on arrival.   

Egypt 

Before you decide to elope out to the pyramids you’ll need to get your passport and visa sorted out. Luckily, Egypt is another eVisa country which enables our Visa Service Department to process the application in 5 business days or less.  

Once that is taken care of, you’ll be walking like an Egyptian in no time and enjoying the sights and sounds of one of the world’s most fascinating and breathtakingly historical countries.  

Between pyramids, ancient cities, citadels and temples… it’s very tempting to apply for our own visa right now! Meet us at Mount Sinai?  

India 

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Visitors to India should expect a complex visa processing system which has many variables to consider. There are business visas, tourist visas and a variety of other options such as student, conference, research and so on.  

US citizens can apply online for an eVisa but should be advised that travelers can only use the visa to enter one time for up to 30 days. Also, it is only for use entering India through a list of specific airports and seaports.  

If you apply for a visa at an Indian consulate, you can get a multiple entry visa that is valid for up to 10 years. But the primary drawback is that the application process is lengthy and requires a surprising amount of paperwork and time to complete.   

Take a look at our website for details on which visa you will need. Once you decide which to apply for we will give you straightforward steps to make the process as fast and painless as possible. It makes us happy when things are this easy.  

Brazil 

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Carnival nights. Colors in the lights. Caipirinha cocktails with sugar and ice. If you are looking to experience the many sights and sounds of the world’s most diverse country; you must apply for a visa in advance. 

Keep in mind that there are a multitude of options for applying for a Brazilian Visa. The United States is one of four countries whose citizens can apply. These visas are valid up to 10 years and good for up to 90 days at a time.  

We keep our application streamlined and try to make it as easy as possible for people applying: tourist visa applications only have 7 steps in our process.    

Vietnam 

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One of the most popular travel destinations in Asia. Extremely popular for adventurers and culture lovers. Boundless nature, culture and foodie heaven paradise.  

Home of the legendary pho soup, a breakfast dish that has won the hearts of Americans and become a steadfast dinner delicacy on this side of the Pacific.  

It should be noted that Vietnam requires visitors to obtain a visa prior to arrival. To obtain the visa, you must apply at one of the multiple embassies that Vietnam maintains in the United States.  They offer regular visas that get stamped inside your passport or a loose leaf visa that is detached from your passport. Check out your options and apply today

Algeria 

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Not only one of the most underrated and undiscovered travel destinations; Algeria is also the tenth largest country in the world. It is an African country with surprising roots in both Arab, French, and multiple ancient dynasties across the millennia. 

US citizens are required to obtain a Visa and it should be noted that they may be denied entry if their passport contains Israeli stamps or visas.  

Ghana 

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Ghana is an African power that spans a rich geographical area on the Ivory Coast of Africa. The country has a multi-ethnic heritage and long complex history. Many empires have contested the area due to its strategic location and abundant natural resources.  

In order to visit – US citizens need a Visa to visit Ghana and will also need to obtain an International Certificate of Vaccination.  

Iran 

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For travelers hoping to visit the Islamic Republic of Iran, they must undergo a complex application process. They must first obtain a Visa from the Embassy in Pakistan in Washington, DC prior to traveling to Iran.  This is because Iran does not have a consulate in the United States. 

Upon arrival US visitors are fingerprinted and photographed on entry – independent travelers are required to be escorted by a government authorized guide during the entire duration of their trip.  

As US citizens must adhere to a complex application procedure and can only apply at a specific Embassy, it is a huge benefit to have an agency take of the process. You can apply for the expedited Iran Visa service here. 

Bolivia 

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Bolivia is a diverse nation known for a stunning range of natural outdoor beauty. It is also recognized for it’s multi-ethnic culture influenced by a variety of indigenous and European roots. 

US nationals can purchase a visa directly at one of the consulates, which is jurisdictional, or through a visa service like us. This $160 visa is valid for 10 years and visitors can use it for up to 90 days at a time. It should also be noted that travelers need to have a hotel reservation or a letter of invitation of where they’re staying and yellow fever vaccination.  It is a lengthy process so apply now or as soon as possible  

Saudi Arabia 

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US citizens are required to acquire an advance Visa prior to visiting Saudi Arabia. All international visitors are fingerprinted upon arrival and travelers with Israeli visas or entry stamps will most likely be refused entry to the country.  

Unfortunately, Saudi Arabia does not issue tourist Visas. This is a shame due to the richness of a fascinating history that Saudi Arabia holds as the birthplace of Islam and a multitude of ancient marvels.  

This is also a complex visa that be processed within a week if everything is submitted to the consulates’ liking.  Do not wait until the last minute to apply for this visa. 

Paraguay  

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Paraguay is home to an amazing amount of natural beauty, biodiversity and colonial history. This land-locked nation touches Bolivia to the north, the jungles of Brazil to the east, and Argentina to the south.  

To visit this exciting South American country – US passport holders can obtain a visa on arrival if they arrive via air travel. However, if they enter by land, they are required to obtain a Visa from an embassy or consulate.   

Libya 

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Libya has occupied an integral part in European and north African history and remains one of the most interesting countries to visit in the region.  

US citizens must be granted a Visa to enter Libya. Tourists are required to have the equivalent of $1,000 USD upon arrival and cannot have any Israeli stamps or Visas on their passports.  

Uganda 

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One of Africa’s most well-known destinations, Uganda is nestled in the heart of the African Great Lakes region. US visitors will appreciate the prevalence of the English language in the country and also enjoy the abundance of natural beauty in this central African nation. 

Visitors need an International Certificate of Vaccination to visit the country. Uganda operates an eVisa / Visa on arrival policy but has in recent years created stricter policies for international visitors. The eVisa is for single entry only, whereas if you apply at the consulate you can obtain a multiple entry visa. 

Ugandan authorities often require additional documentation such as a printed eVisa application, copy of a return place ticket and even proof of the visitors’ itinerary in the country.  

Remember, there are over 80 countries that you will need to obtain a visa to visit. Check out the Visa Service Department for details on Visa requirements by country.  

Keep in mind that this a complex process that takes time and patience. We provide the fastest passport and visa service around. Useful if you’re on a deadline and don’t want to miss a trip.  

Our online application system makes it easy – we do most of the work for you. It saves an insane amount of time and effort, instead of visiting a foreign consulate in-person. Visiting an embassy or consulate is similar to a day spent at your local DMV. Perhaps worse. If that doesn’t warn you… nothing will!  On top of that, requirements and fees are subject to change without notice. 

If you’re not the online application type, you can visit one of our offices in person. We have offices across the USA and many are closer to drive to compared to a consulate.  

Our Florida customers visit our Tampa or Orlando offices instead of making a drive down to Miami. On the west coast, people dig having our San Francisco and Los Angeles offices close by – instead of visiting a consulate all the way in DC. Our offices take appointments, calls and even walk-ins.   Or you can apply online. 

We’ll look forward to chatting soon!