Do You Need a Passport to Travel to Canada?

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Canada has spectacular cities like Montreal and Toronto. It has natural wonders like the stunning Niagra falls and its many mountains. Canada’s charm and diversity may have convinced you to go on a vacation there. Maybe you’re wondering if you need a passport to travel from the U.S to Canada because it is so close.

A passport is required for all international travel. Although Canada is our neighbor, traveling there is still considered international travel and you won’t get in without a passport. There are a few exceptions when it comes to cruises and certain minors. 

Entering Canada 

To enter Canada, acceptable forms of identification include a passport book, passport card, or a NEXUS, SENTRI, or FAST card. Though these are all acceptable forms of identification, it is always recommended you plan to travel to Canada with a passport book. Carrying a passport book with you is the best way for you to avoid any denial of entry into Canada. This is because it is the most universally accepted form of travel identification.

Passport Validity

Luckily, there are no passport validity requirements to enter Canada. Your passport has to be valid, meaning not expired, when trying to enter Canada. However, it is a universal travel rule to have at least 6 months’ worth of validity on your passport before traveling internationally. 

Most hold this rule because life is unpredictable, and you never know what might happen on an international trip that may cause you to stay abroad longer. Having validity to spare provides a safety net against being denied entry back into the U.S.

Flying to Canada 

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To travel to Canada by plane, you are required to use a passport book for entry. This requirement applies to anyone traveling to Canada by air. A passport card is not an acceptable form of travel identification when traveling by plane.

Driving to Canada 

Even though you are not on a fancy plane, you still need a passport to drive into Canada. You should use a passport book when crossing the American border to get to Canada. However, you can also use a passport card in most cases. Passport cards are meant for land and sea travel out of the U.S. If you wanna skip the book this time around, that’s perfectly understandable. 

Cruising to Canada

The answer to if you need a passport book to travel to Canada by cruise can be a yes or no, depending on the cruise. If you are attending a cruise that does not start and end at the same U.S port, you will need a valid passport book at the time of entry.

 If you are attending a “closed-loop” cruise to Canada, then no, you do not need a passport book to travel there. A closed-loop cruise refers to a cruise that starts and ends at the same U.S port. So, if your cruise is heading back to where you started and not staying in Canada for a prolonged period you may not need a passport book. 

If you are traveling to Canada via a closed-loop cruise, you still have some identification you have to bring. U.S Customs and Broder Protection requires you to bring one of the following: 

  • A state-issued driver’s license
  • A government-issued birth certificate
  • Passport, in combination with a government-issued driver’s license or picture ID

Unless the documentation is for a minor. Minors under 16 can travel using just a notarized or certified copy of their birth certificate, a certificate of naturalization, or a Consular Report of Birth.

Why You Should Always Bring Your Passport Book

You can travel to Canada on certain closed-loop cruises without a passport book, but it is not recommended. The U.S Department of State recommends that you use always bring your passport book for international travel. Once again, travel is unpredictable and you may need to fly back to the U.S for several reasons. If your vacation is cut short and you need to fly home, you won’t be able to do so without your passport book. 

Planning Your Trip to Canada 

Now that you know that you need a passport book to travel to Canada, except for a few exceptions you should consider if your passport is still valid for entry.  Processing times for a passport can range anywhere from 6-10 weeks from the submission of your passport application. That doesn’t include the time it takes to gather all the required documents to apply.

If you want to travel to Canada and need a valid passport you should account for the time it takes to receive your passport before booking your trip. If your trip is coming up a little sooner than 6-10 weeks, consider getting your passport expedited. Normally expediting your passport can take 3-6 weeks.

Getting Your Passport Expedited and Passport Renewal Services 

If you prefer to not wait for long processing times, you can get your passport expedited traditionally at a court office or post office. This process can take up to a month and a half. If you would like to receive your passport faster. Consider applying to a private courier like The Passport Office for passport renewal services. They have turnarounds in as little as 3 days. 

Let The Passport Office get you on your way to Canada!

How to Get a Passport Renewal

Applying for a passport renewal can seem like a daunting task. However, there is nothing to worry about if you follow these steps for the perfect application.

Are You Eligible for a Passport Renewal?

Not everyone may be eligible to apply for a passport renewal. It is essential to know if you qualify because if you don’t, you will have different forms and requirements. 
You must have your passport in your possession to submit your application.

  1.  If you do not have a passport to provide, you must report it damaged, lost, or stolen. You may then apply in person
  2. Your passport must be undamaged, except for regular wear and tear.
    1. For example, some discoloration or lose threads on the cover are fine, but a passport that has been put through a washer or dryer is going to be too damaged to be renewed.
  3. Your passport must have been issued at the age of 16 or older. If you are under the age of 16, you must apply for a new passport. 
    1. This means that if the passport book you possess is a 5-year passport (valid for 5 years from the date it was issued) you are not eligible for a renewal process.

4.The passport must have been issued less than 15 years ago.

A. Another way of putting it would be that you can’t renew a passport once it’s expired for more than 5 years.

5. It was issued in your current name or you can provide documents to affirm the name change.

If you meet all of these requirements, congratulations! You are eligible for a passport renewal.

Applying for a Passport Renewal

Post offices are the only way to renew a passport because you cannot apply for a passport renewal at a courthouse. You should make an appointment either through their website or at a self-help kiosk. Remember that you may not be able to get an appointment right away because post offices receive a high volume of applications. Keep this in mind when planning a time-sensitive trip. 

Fill Out Form DS-82

For a passport renewal, you must apply using Form DS-82. There is an online form filler that can be found on the U.S Department of State’s website.

Once the form is fully filled out, print the form, and sign it. 

Prepare Your Application Documents  

  1. You need to find your old passport, as it will need to be sent in with your application
  2. Include name change documents if needed like a marriage certificate, divorce decree, or legal name change document. 
  3. Calculate your fees. You can calculate your fees here. You must pay with a check or money order. It cannot be a business or third-party check. The check must be written out to the “U.S Department of State”.

Take a Passport Photo 

You must submit a passport photo that meets these requirements:

  • Your photo must have been taken 6 months or less from the time you submit 
  • The dimensions of your passport photo must be in a 2”X2” format
  • Must be printed on glossy or matt paper
  • The photo must be printed in color 
  • You must take your photo in front of a plain, white, or off-white background
  • The photo may not be digitally altered

You should also make sure you avoid obstructing your facial features, like wearing glasses. Lighting and shadows play a big part in this. You can get your passport photo taken at a CVS, Walgreens, post office, or major grocer. 

You should staple the photo to the application by using 4 staples, vertically in the corners. Make sure to try and get the staples as close to the outer edges as possible. 

Sending in your Application

Now that you have all of your documents, you must put them in an envelope that will fill all of the documents without folding or creasing them. You should set the address to the location of your state. 

Applying Online

To apply for an online passport renewal, visit Travel.State.Gov and click on the U.S Passport tab. Find “Already Have a Passport”, which will take you directly to the Pilot Passport page. You must follow the steps on the page to activate our account. 

It takes about four hours for your account to be approved and activated after you have followed the steps. Once your account is approved and therefore activated, the “Renew my Passport option will become available to you.

What are the Requirements?

1. You must have a valid passport that is/has been valid for 10 years

Why: Those who have a five-year passport are not eligible to apply online. Five-year passports are not eligible because they are only issued to children, and children must apply using the DS11, which allows them to receive a new passport, not a passport renewal.

2. You must be 25 years or older to apply

Why: Most passport applicants receive their first adult passport at age sixteen, and the U.S Department of State wants to disincentivize younger applicants, from applying when their passports have not yet come close to expiring.

3. You are not changing your name, date of birth, gender, or place of birth

Why: A change of personal information requires the applicant to mail in supplemental materials such as a marriage license for a name change, court documents, and sometimes doctor’s notes. This defeats the purpose of a fully online process.

4. You are not traveling internationally within six weeks of your application date

Why: The processing time for a passport application can take anywhere from seven to ten weeks. Unless you are applying for an expedited passport, which sits the waiting time at about four to six weeks.

5. You must live in the United States, or a U.S Territory

Why: the U.S department of state only mails domestically. If you live outside of the United States, you can apply for a passport at an Embassy or consulate.

6. You must have your current passport in your possession, it cannot be frayed, damaged, or reported lost or stolen.

Why: In the mail-in process, you are supposed to send in damaged passports for review. From there the U.S Department of State decides whether you are eligible for a ten-year passport, or instead, they will choose to offer you a temporary one-year passport. Because this application is supposed to be fully online, avoiding these applicants are most favorable.

7. You are applying for a regular tourist passport

Why: Diplomatic, Service, or Official passports are not able to be applied for normally, through the U.S Department of State.

8. You can pay using a credit/debit card

Why: mail-in passport renewals require a check or money order to be sent in. This online process of using a credit/debit card avoids having to send money through the mail system. Paying online makes this process quicker, but also relieves the stress of an applicant’s money being lost or stolen.

Applying for an Expedited Passport

Passport processing time can land you in a 6-10 week waiting room. Maybe you are traveling soon and can’t wait months to receive your passport. Consider applying for an expedited passport with a private courier. 

Private couriers, like The Passport Office, can get you an expedited passport in as little as 3 days!

Apply with The Passport Office today and your passport renewal Tampa, Miami, Orlando, and Hollywood.

Changing Your Gender on Your Passport

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In late 2023, the U.S Department of State will allow three gender marking choices when selecting your gender on a passport application for all travel documentation. The three marks are M, F, and X. Gender marker X, or “unspecified or another gender identity” is for those who do not identify with the male or female gender. It was implemented to include groups who are or might be non-binary, intersex, or gender non-conforming. These individuals sure benefit from this implementation but so does the Transgender community. They are now able to change their gender marker to affirm their identity.

The U.S Department of State notes how they are committed to promoting the freedom, dignity, and equality of all people, including those who identify within the LGBTQI+ community. The U.S Department of State being the first federal government agency to offer gender-inclusive gender markings on identity documents. They are sure to make the statement that government offices should be working to serve its citizens the best they can, regardless of gender. 

For now, the U.S Department of State is only offering passport books to reflect the gender change. In late 2023, the feature will be available for all documentation provided by the Department. 

Do You Need Medical Documentation? 

While it may have been required in the past for citizens to have medical documentation before allowing a gender change, that is no longer the process. You do not have to show any medical documentation, even if your identification or previous passports do not reflect your current gender. 

This new process can be extremely relieving for those who do not want to go through certain medical or psychological procedures to be able to have their gender on their documents affirm the gender that they identify with. This is a big step towards equality. As of a few months ago, the process of legal sex change or gender change was highly inaccessible for people who needed it. 

How To Apply for a Passport Gender Change

You can apply for a gender change on your U.S passport either as a New/ first-time passport or you can apply to renew by mail. 

If you are applying for a New Passport, you must fit at least one of these requirements, as listed by the U.S Department of State:

  • You are applying for your first U.S. passport
  • You are under age 16
  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were under age 16
  • Previous U.S. passport was lost, stolen, or damaged
  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued more than 15 years ago

If you meet at least one of these requirements, you can apply using Form DS-11. Then you must make an appointment with a passport acceptance facility and provide your regular supplemental materials.

A passport acceptance facility search page is provided on the U.S Department of State website. The search engine lets you put in your zip code to find a place that does passports near you, it also has phone numbers, operating hours, how to get an appointment (or if walk-ins are acceptable), and it’ll let applicants know if photo services are available on-site.

If you are applying for a passport renewal, you must fill out Form DS-82 using an online form filler, and send in your supplemental materials by mail. 

As for selecting your gender, they couldn’t have made it any easier. You have your M, F, and your X option. You select the gender you identify with. Then, there will be a question asking “changing your gender marker?”. If you have selected a gender different from your previous documents you will also select the “changing your gender marker?” question. 

Is it Safe to Travel With an X Gender Marker on your Passport?

Traveling to certain counties may come with its own challenges if you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, nonbinary, or intersex. If you are traveling with a partner, it might get even more complicated. With approximately seventy countries considering same-sex relations a crime, it is not hard to see why you may feel uneasy having a non-binary gender marker on your travel documentation.

The U.S Department of State does urge LGBTQIA+ travelers to research the special laws and circumstances of the country they want to travel to before deciding to go. You can do this by visiting their Traveler’s Checklist, as well as Country Information pages.

One way to avoid certain issues is to update your passport to match your name and gender identity. This is suggested because many travelers have reported difficulties entering a country bearing a name and photo that does not correspond with their gender identity. 

The Department of State also recommends that LGBTQIA+ travelers consider packing important documents. This can ease the process if you are dealing with your legal rights when in another country.

Pack any:

Legal and health documents

Parental and/or custody documents

Contact information for your family or lawyer you may have

Address and phone number of the nearest U.S consulate in English and the local language. 

You should also consider buying traveler’s insurance. This is because while the United States government issues passports with the X gender marking, it cannot guarantee your entry to other countries because some countries do not recognize X as a gender.

To find out more information and tips regarding traveling as an LGBTQIQ+ member, the U.S Department of state provides a page with most, if not everything you need to know before and while traveling.

Applying for an Expedited Passport

Maybe you are traveling soon and can’t wait months to receive your new passport reflecting your gender change. Consider applying for an expedited passport with a private courier. 

Private couriers, like The Passport Office, are committed to helping their community with their expedited passport services. 

The Passport Office has many offices to choose from such as, expedited passport Miami, Orlando, Hollywood, and Tampa.

Travel to The Caribbean With No Passport

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The Caribbean is a major hub for tourist destinations. The Caribbean offers picture perfect views, crystal clear beaches, and undeniable culture spread throughout its locals and their spectacular cuisine. There really is no wonder why so many tourists flock year round from all over the world to visit these tropical destinations. 

You may have considered travelling somewhere in the Caribbean, but maybe you don’t have a passport or you just aren’t looking to travel internationally. This doesn’t mean the Caribbean is a no-go, because America luckily has stunning territories located in the Caribbean that do not require you to have passport to visit.

Puerto Rico

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For one reason or another, U.S citizens tend to forget that Puerto Rico is a U.S territory. Because of this, U.S citizens and permanent residents do not need a passport to travel to Puerto Rico. However, in May of 2023 Puerto Rico will be implementing Homeland Security’s REAL ID Act. If your state is not compliant with the requirements, you may need a passport to travel there. 

Why Puerto Rico?

Puerto Rico is in the heart of the Caribbean and has so much to offer its tourists. For one, Puerto Rico is warm, tropical, and beautiful, but that is not all it has to offer. Puerto Rico has amazing scenery and fantastic food traditional to its culture. Cocina Criolla is what Boricuas (Puerto Rican Natives) refer to their cuisine as and you don’t wanna miss out on the opportunity to try an authentically made Mofongo.

If you are looking for some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico might just be your next destination. A great thing about Puerto Rico is its flexibility. Its warm climate allows for beaches to be open year-round and they have so many beaches scattered around the islands of Puerto Rico. 

Isla Verde, Carolina and Old San Juan 

There’s Isla Verde beach, in Carolina which offers clear blue beaches and white sand, but it is also located on a strip of restaurants and boutiques which make for a very walkable vacation spot. 

Once you are done with your beach experience, you can go experience Old San Juan. Carolina is about a 10-minute Uber from Old San Juan, Puerto Rico’s historic capital. San Juan has these beautiful 5-century forts and stunning architecture that can be described as romantic and brightly colored. Just standing in the middle of a road or alley with Old San Juan’s romantic ambiance can make for the perfect Instagram picture. 

Crash Boat, Aguadilla 

If You prefer snorkeling and scuba diving, go visit Crash boat beach in Aguadilla. Aguadilla is known as a playground for everybody, with its huge underwater wildlife, and with El Natural, a perfect place to dive just a few feet away, you will have the underwater experience of a lifetime. 

I can go on and on about Puerto Rico’s stunning beaches but, most travelers do not leave Puerto Rico without mentioning the locals, the Boricuas, that make the experience of going to Puerto Rico that much more worth it. 

The U.S Virgin Islands

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The U.S Virgin Islands is another U.S territory in the Caribbean that does not require American citizens and permanent residents to have a passport for entry. The Virgin Islands is brimming with tourist possibilities and year-round perfect weather. From St, Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas you are sure to find a great reason to make the U.S Virgin Islands your next travel destination.

St. Croix 

If you are the type of tourist who likes to be immersed in history, St.Croix may just be for you. St. Croix has stunning, historic buildings that have remained there since the 18th century. In addition to that, there’s Fort Christansvaern which remains one of the most well-preserved colonial forts that the Caribbean has to offer. 

Once you’re done sightseeing, check out its more adventure-based activities such as ziplining or snorkeling. If you want to grab a drink St. Croix is the place to do so. St. Croix has been distilling its own spirits, especially its own rum for ages. If you’re a big fan of rum, try checking out a local distillery that is sure to satisfy your needs. 

St. Thomas

St. Croix might be the place to go to learn the history of the Virgin Islands but St. Thomas is the go-to place for experiencing the culture. If you want to shop till you drop at duty-free prices, St. Thomas is the way to go.  St. Thomas is brimming with boutiques and local shops and vendors but that is not all. They have amazing nightlife with locals who are so gracious in their recommendations for the best food and lounges that show that St.Thomas is truly the place to go for spectacular nightlife. 

If you’re a big fan of extraordinary views, you have to visit Drakes Seat to get the best view of Magens Bay. And if you love art, visit Danish-French impressionist painter Camille Pissaro’s childhood home. If you want the tropical beach experience, no worries because they have that too!

St.John

 St.John is for those travelers who are passionate about nature, and want to see the diverse beauty that the Virgin Islands have to offer. St. John has arguably some of the best beaches not only in the Virgin Islands but in the Caribbean. The beaches are crystal clear which makes them perfect for those excited to snorkel. You can also go hiking at the Virgin Island National park located in St. John that takes up almost two thirds of the land there. If you like more of a routine, there’s tons of nature and wildlife tours, as well as private sightseeing tours that will fulfil your craving for beautiful views and diverse wildlife. 

St.John also offers over 3 dozen hiking trails. Speaking of foot traffic, St.John is pretty small and one of the less crowded tourist spots in the Virgin Islands which is a plus for many travelers.

Why You Should Consider Getting a Passport

The main reason you may use a passport to travel to any of these U.S territories is for security. If You only have one form of ID and you lose it or it gets stolen, you may not have another form of ID to get back to the states. It does not hurt to have two forms of ID, and it is especially helpful in these kind of situations.
If you would like to get your passport renewed in a timely manner, consider applying for a renewal with The Passport Office! They have plenty of options such as passport renewal office Miami, Orlando, Hollywood and Tampa. 

Top 7 Delays With Your Expedited Passport

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Your passport being delayed or denied can be one of the most frustrating things to happen when applying for a passport. Especially, if you are applying for an expedited passport. Although some of the reasons are simple, like mix-matched signatures, or having an outdated passport photo, others can cause serious delays. 

Major delays can be caused by having felony charges or misdemeanors. Being a convicted felon, in many cases will not stop you from being able to obtain a passport. However, there are certain felonies that may prevent you from being able to travel internationally. More, if you are a convicted felon, you may be able to obtain a passport. Still, you may have certain restrictions for specific countries that either require a visa to enter, or that simply do not want to let a convicted felon enter their country. Again, most felons will be able to get ahold of a passport, but here are a few reasons why a felon’s passport may get denied.

If you aren’t a convicted felon, there may be other reasons why you may experience a delay.

1. Felony Drug Convictions

The U.S Government will not make a passport for anyone with a federal, state, or felony drug offense. Especially if the felon is charged with international cross-border drug trafficking. The distribution of drugs and or substances is another big one that will give you a small to no chance of being able to travel internationally.

Periods of Ineligibility 

There is also a period of ineligibility, that applies if the individual is imprisoned, or is legally required to be imprisoned. Also, being on probation or any other supervised release after being imprisoned for a felony drug-related charge fall under a period of ineligibility.

Exceptions

The only drug-related offenses that may be considered by the U.S Department of state may be first-offense possession charges, but this reason does not give you a one hundred percent chance of being able to receive a passport depending on the individual’s circumstances.

Although it is rare, the U.S Department of state may also issue a passport during emergency and humanitarian exceptions.

2. Child Support Payments 

If someone owes $2,500 or more in child support, they are not eligible to receive a U.S passport. This rule is set in place by a program called The Passport Denial Program. The program allows for not only the denial of a passport application but has the right to revoke or restrict your passport if you owe $2500 or more in child support. 

How to Get a Passport if You Owe Child Support 

There is a very important list put together by The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and district attorney offices of people who owe child support at or over the $2500 threshold. If you want to travel internationally, this is not a list you want to be on! Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to get on your way to obtaining a passport.

Those who owe child support at or over the $2500 threshold will not be able to get off the list until all of their child support payments are alleviated. 

  • First, it is vital that you make arrangements to pay the remaining balance. 
  • After all, payments are alleviated HHS will take your name off the list and report it to the U.S Department of State. This process can take about two or three weeks.
  • The U.S Department of State will verify that your name does not remain on the list.

After all of these steps are completed, your passport may be processed normally. Keep in mind that the time required to pay off child support payments, and the processing time between name removal can take weeks or even months. Make sure you plan accordingly before you make any international plans. 

3. Certain Unpaid Taxes 

Yes, you may be denied a passport, or even have your passport revoked for owing tax money to the IRS. The IRS actually notifies the U.S Department of State of any delinquent tax debt, which will then generally deny the passport application of any applicant with those outstanding debts. 

This applies to owing Individual income taxes, business taxes, and trust fund recovery penalties that are or are over the amount of $55,000.

If You apply for a passport with such outstanding tax debt, the IRS will send a notice at the time the U.S Department of State has been notified of your outstanding tax debt. The U.S Department of State will then hold on to your application for 90 days before they deny it.

The 90-day waiting period is implemented to give the applicant time to make full payment, a satisfactory payment with IRS, and to resolve any erroneous issues. However, the respective departments will not grant you access based on a payment that puts you below the threshold of 55,000

How to Obtain a Passport 

First, you will need to pay off your taxes. If the payment is not able to be completed in full, you are able to set up a payment plan with the IRS. In some cases, you are even able to obtain an Offer in Compromise, which can allow you to adjust the amount owed. 

Next, you will receive certification on whether your passport has been revoked or denied. If not after all have been processed and verified, your application may continue as normal. 

4. Denial of Passport Photo

One of the most common reasons why your passport application may be denied has to do with your passport photo. Though there are many reasons why your passport photo may get denied, here are some of the most common reasons and how to avoid them. 

Your Passport Photo May Have Expired 

Your passport photo needs to have been taken within the last 6 months. Passport acceptance facilities will know if your passport photo is older than 6 months because all printers print a light white serial code that says when a photo was printed and when it was printed. Failure to provide an up-to-date passport photo will result in delays or denial of your passport application.

The other common ones include the obstruction of facial features in a photo, caused by shadow and lighting, accessories, and headpieces. Some fail by not meeting the basic requirements: 

  • The dimensions of your passport photo must be in a 2”X2” format
  • The photo may be printed on glossy or matt paper
  • The photo must be printed in color 
  • You must take your photo in front of a plain, white, or off-white background
  • The photo may not be digitally altered

5. Application Errors

Application errors can be some of the easiest mistakes to look over. In all cases, it is important to review your application a few times before applying. Make sure your application is filled out correctly. Make sure you have no inaccurate information, and that you are not missing any documentation that is required to send in with your application.

6. Your Signatures Don’t Match 

A mistake that might set you back in your application process may be as simple as your signature on your application, not matching the signature on your check to the U.S Department of State.

Keep in mind that the main reason passport facilities exist is to verify your identity and are most likely to catch if your signatures do not match.

7. You Share a Name With a Criminal

Although it may seem silly, the government may absolutely hold your passport if they suspect that someone with a criminal’s name is trying to apply for a passport. The good news is that this is very rare, the bad thing is the government will hold your application, and will not tell you why. 

Receiving an Expedited Passport

If your passport has been denied for any of these reasons, it may seem like it will take ages for you to finally receive your passport. Normal processing times take about 6-10 weeks, and some may not have the time to spare after their application has been denied. Keep in mind that you are not able to apply for a passport with any other passport acceptance facility if the U.S Department of State has your application on hold.

If you are in need of an emergency passport or an expedited passenger, try applying with a private courier like The Passport Office. The Passport Office offers services that can get you your passport within 3-5 days. They have offices in Orlando, Miami, Hollywood, and Tampa.
Apply for an expedited passport today with The Passport Office!

Get a Same Day Passport in Miami

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Is it possible to get a same day passport in Miami? The simple answer is yes, it is possible, but not without its lengthy requirements. Although there are many variables that can stop you from getting the same day passport, it is doable. Here is everything you need to know and do to ensure you get your passport.

You should be aware that applying at a normal passport acceptance facility like a courthouse or post office, will not get you a same day passport. They do offer expedited services, but your passport can still take anywhere from 3 to 5 weeks from the time you sent in your application. 

Although it is not the only option, applying with the U.S Department of State is your best bet.

The U.S Department of State

The U.S Department of State handles many important bureaus and offices, including travel and passport agencies. They have brick-and-mortar offices, in about 26 locations. Luckily, they happen to have one in Miami for your same day passport needs.

However, it is not guaranteed that you will receive an appointment. This is because they do not allow walk-ins, and you cannot book an appointment online. Applicants used to be able to apply online, but because the appointments were in such high demand, customers would book appointments and sell them to potential applicants. 

To avoid taking appointments away from customers who actually needed them, the U.S Department of State has transferred to a “call only” method of booking appointments. Potential applicants must call and navigate a long phone tree to then speak with a representative to decide if you qualify for a same day passport service. You may not have someone else call for you, and you may not transfer your appointment to another applicant.

Making Your Appointment

Now that you are aware that you must call the U.S Department of State, it is important to know that it make take a while before you reach a representative who is able to book your appointment. This happens because the call volume is fairly high. So, be prepared to sit by your phone for a while. 

The phone number for the U.S Department of State is: 877-487-2778

If you are able to reach a representative, they will provide unique confirmation information that will be asked to verify you at your appointment. That being said, grab a pen and paper and write out the information while on the phone call to ensure your appointment will be successful. 

Now that you’ve reached a representative, you want to make sure that you qualify for a same day passport. 

How Do You Know if You Qualify?

First, you need to have proof of travel within the next 14 days from the time you call to make an appointment. Proof of travel refers to having a booked airline ticket or itinerary that shows that you are indeed traveling within 14 days. If you do not have proof of travel, they will redirect you to apply for a normal passport at a passport acceptance facility. Because it is difficult to get through to a representative due to high call volumes, do not call the U.S Department of State if you do not have proof of travel.

Next, you must decide if you are applying for a Life-or-Death Emergency Service or an Urgent Travel Service. There are major differences between these two options and it is key to know which one you are applying to because it will change the proof and evidence that will be provided. 

Life-or Death Emergency Service

The U.S Department of state prioritizes applicants applying through a Life-or-Death Emergency Service. They specifically prioritize those needing to travel within 3 business days. If you are not traveling within 3 business days from your appointment, you may not qualify for Life-or-Death Emergency Services.

You may qualify if your situation falls under one of the following

  • If an immediate family member has died, or
  • is dying (hospice care), or
  • has a life-threatening illness or injury

The direct use of “immediate family members” does include: a parent, legal guardian, child, spouse, or grandparent. It does not include: aunts, uncles, cousins, or other family members. You are also not included, for example, if you are traveling internationally for medical services. 

Applying for a Life-or Death Emergency Service

You are able to call to book your appointment 2 weeks out from your date of travel. Keep in mind that the actual day of your appointment will be around three days before your date of travel.

  1. “Get documentation of the emergency such as a death certificate, statement from a mortuary, or a letter from the hospital (on hospital/clinic letterhead, signed by the doctor/medical professional, explaining your relative’s medical condition).” The documentation must be translated into English, and it must be translated by a professional translator, but it does not need to be notarized.
  1. You need proof of traveling internationally in the next 3 business days such as an itinerary or airline ticket.
  2. Complete a passport application, and provide supporting documents 
  3. Call the U.S Department of State to see if you qualify for life-or-death emergency service. If you qualify, they will try to make an appointment for you. It is not guaranteed that you will have your passport in time for travel. 
  4. The number you should call to make an appointment for Life-or-Death Emergency Service may differ from the time or day you are planning to call

Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (ET): 1-877-487-2778/ 1-888-874-7793 (TTY/TDD). 

Alternatively, If you have a life-or-death emergency after 8:00 p.m. (ET) on Mondays through Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays: 202-647-4000.

Urgent Travel Service

Urgent Travel Services are offered to those who are traveling internationally within the next 14 days but do not require Life-or-Death Emergency Services. This service still allows you to apply for a same day passport.

The requirements for Urgent Travel service are not as lengthy, but you are still required to provide proof of travel by either airline ticket or itinerary. Once again, you will need to call to speak with a representative to book your appointment. 

Alternatives for Same Day Passports

Don’t have any luck trying to reach a representative at the U.S Department of State? There is no need to worry because there are other passport agencies in Miami that can guarantee you an appointment.

A private Miami passport agency, like the Passport Office, has a turnaround of about 3-5 days. This is a much better alternative than waiting for months for an application sent to a post office. All you need is proof of travel within the next 14 days! 

Apply today for an expedited passport at their Miami office!

Applying For a Child Passport

Children holding passport at the airport

For parents old and new, applying for a child’s passport could often be a rigorous process, and making a mistake could cost you hundreds of dollars if you have a planned trip. You may also be wondering how much does it cost? What forms do I need to fill out? 

Luckily, we used this blog to break down every intricate step of this process that is sure to make applying for your child’s passport as straightforward and question free as possible. 

Who is Eligible for a Child Passport?

Just because a minor is under 18, it does not mean they are eligible to apply for a Child Passport. Child passports may only apply to minors under the age of 16. A Child Passport is valid for 5 years.

What Form Should You Fill Out?

Minors under 16 are required to apply using a DS-11 form. Applicants cannot submit a DS-11 application through mail or online and must apply in person, with parent(s) or legal guardian(s) present.

If the applicant is 16 or 17, they will likely need to fill out a DS-11 form. The exception to this is if the applicant obtained a 10-year passport once they were eligible, and need a passport renewal. In this case, applicants must apply using a DS-82 form to apply for their passport renewal. Those applicants applying with a DS-82 form must renew their passport by mail.

How To Apply For Children Under 16

Now that you are aware of what you are applying for it is important that you gather important documents and follow these steps for a successful application process. 


1. Fill Out a DS-11 Form

Necessary: You must NOT sign the application until instructed to do so by an acceptance agent. This is because they will need to verify the applicant(s) identity in person before any documents are signed and finalized.

2. Provide Evidence of U.S Citizenship

You must provide an original or certified, physical copy of one of the following documents:

  • Undamaged, Valid passport (passport may be expired) 
  • A U.S Bith Certificate 
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth ( if you are unsure of this document, read about it here)
  • Certificate of Citizenship

3. Provide a Photocopy of U.S Citizenship Evidence

You must submit a photocopy of the front and back of the physical evidence

Your photocopies must follow be legible, and printed on 8” X11” standard paper. The photocopy must be printed in black and white and must remain single-sided.

Note: If you plan on submitting a physical copy of a Birth certificate, it is important to keep in mind that some states deem it illegal to make a photocopy of a birth certificate, if this is the case, you are able to instead submit a second certified copy of your physical evidence.

4. Show Parental Relationship

The documentation submitted must list the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of the child applying for the passport. Parents or legal guardians must submit one or more of the following:

5.Present ID

Parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must provide a form of identification to the acceptance agent. You can find all acceptable forms of identification on the U.S Department of State website under identification.

6.Submit a Photocopy of Your ID

The photocopy must present the front and back of your ID. It needs to be presented on standard paper and must remain single-sided. You may not decrease the size of the image, as it can alter legibility.

7.Show Parental Consent

This step may be the trickiest to complete, only because both parents or legal guardians are required to be there in person with the applicant to show both of their consent. The U.S Department of State is aware that this may be difficult to accomplish considering the diversity of family dynamics that may be presented.

Although it is recommended that both parents or legal guardians attend their in-person appointment, here are your options if it is not possible.

If one parent is not able to appear, the absent parent must fill out a DS-3053 Statement of Consent Form.

The parent that will be absent must sign and date their filled-out DS-3053 in the presence of a certified notary. In some states, the parent will be required to have their statement of consent notarized at a U.S embassy or consulate. 

The parent must also submit a photocopy of the front and back of the ID they presented to the notary with their DS-3053 form.

If one parent is not able to be located, the remaining parent must fill out a DS-5525 “Statement of Exigent/ Special Family Circumstances” form.

The remaining parent will be asked to provide evidence such as a custody order, an incarceration order, or a restraining order. Evidence must be provided in most cases to prevent a parent from abducting a child through international travel.

If only one parent has sole legal authority, they must provide evidence. A few examples are a court order, a birth certificate with only one parent’s name, and an adoption decree listing them as the only parent… Etc

If neither parent is able to appear, a third party must fill out a DS-3053, or a notarized statement from both parents. The third party must also provide a photocopy of the parent’s identification. 

8. Provide a Valid Passport Photo

All of the requirements for submitting a passport photo may be found here.

If you want more great tips for getting the perfect passport photo, refer to our blog post, “Tips for a Great Passport Photo”

Note: do not attach or staple your passport photo to any of your documents.

9. Cost

There are separate fees that the applicant must be aware of. There is a government fee and an acceptance facility fee.

For the government fee, the applicant must provide a check or money order paid to the order of the “ U.S Department of State” . 

The amount required to pay for a child passport book is currently $100, a passport card is currently $15, and both a passport and passport card total $115

The acceptance facility fee will be $35 and must be paid separately.

10. Submit Your Application

You must submit your application in person, at a Passport Acceptance Facility to verify the child’s and the parent’s identity.

A Passport Acceptance facility is usually a Courthouse, Clerk of Court, Post Office, Library, University, or other municipal building.

A passport acceptance facility search page is provided on the U.S Department of State website. The search engine lets you put in your zip code to find a place that does passports near you, it also has phone numbers, operating hours, how to get an appointment (or if walk-ins are acceptable), and it’ll let applicants know if photo services are available on-site.

Processing Time: When Can You Expect Your Passport to Arrive

The current processing time for a passport can range from 6 to 9 weeks. Keep in mind that processing times begin the day your application was received by a center and not the day you applied.

If you have a trip planned with your child and waiting 6 to 9 weeks to receive their passport doesn’t sound like the best option for you, The U.S Department of State does offer an expedited child passport service for an additional $60. However, the applicant must be within 14 days of international travel and must be able to prove it. Additionally, this only expedited your child’s passport to about 3 to 5 weeks. 

If that is still too long for you, consider applying for your expedited child passport with a private courier like The Passport Office!

We offer services to get you your expedited child passport in as little as 3 days!

Top Cruises to Sail on With No Passport

Cruise are a great experience, especially for those leery of travel. The uninitiated in the travel world will find cruises very  accommodating, think of them as a resort on wheels– or over water. Stocked chock full of activities and amenities that would make a country club resident jealous, cruises are amazing for first time travelers. Unless you get sea sick, they are a great way to begin your travel journey.

However, for those who never have traveled, you’re probably wondering: won’t I need a passport to board a cruise? Considering how long it’s taking to get even an expedited passport, this is a very valid question. Afterall, there’s nothing worse than booking travel plans only to discover you won’t be able to make them. No one wants to have to cancel plans on themselves, now that’s embarrassing. Well, in some cases yes, but in others, nope! Today, we’ll be looking at some of the cruise destinations which don’t require a passport to board. That’s right, these beautiful destinations are easily accessible to US citizens with just their IDs (or in some cases, birth certificates). Let’s get started!

Lindblad Expeditions, Alaska 

View of the Eldred Rock Lighthouse, a historic lighthouse adjacent to Lynn Canal in Alaska. It is the end of October with fresh snow on the mountains in the background. This wooden octagonal lighthouse was opened in 1905 and is 56 feet in height. The nearest city is Haines, Alaska which is reached by ferry from the south or by highway from the Yukon to the north. Historic Skagway, Alaska is also nearby. This lighthouse is in the northwestern United States of America (USA).

Lindblad cruises are for those travelers that want a more refined, personal travel experience, with all the fun and expeditions provided by a more commercial cruise line.  This Luxury-Adventure cruise is not one to miss!

Not only has Lindblad Expeditions been awarded the #1 small ship cruise line by the 2022 Conde Nast travelers reader’s choice award, but they have an alliance with National Geographic. Lindblad Expedition’s partnership with National Geographic sets their cruise line apart. 

Their joint mission statement reads: “ Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic have joined forces to further inspire the world through expedition travel. Our collaboration in exploration, research, technology, and conservation provides extraordinary travel experiences and disseminates geographic knowledge around the globe.”

Simply, you can’t get a more sophisticated, smart, and luxurious cruise experience than with Lindblad Expeditions. 

Why Alaska?

A humpback whale leaping, or breaching, out of the Sea

Lindblad Expeditions offers one of the most unique Alaskan experiences. They take pride in creating an experience that allows travelers to go beyond typical ports, locations, and expeditions. This is due to their Nimble ships that are small enough to travel where larger cruise ships can’t go. 

The small size of their ships also allows for a more personal experience with a 1:10 employee-to-traveler ratio, allowing your options for exploration, wider. 

They also has a relationship with the Alaska Whale Foundation, allowing for more rich viewing experience compared to other Alaskan Cruise lines. To top it off, they have permits with the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service that gains them access to the most pristine parks and Alaska’s insane wildlife!

Packages

Lindblad Expeditions offers packages from 8-day expeditions, all the way up to 15 days of Alaska exploration. 

All of their cruises have amazing perks included in the total cost of the cruise. Some of them include all inclusive food and beverages, morning stretch classes with wellness specialists, all shore excursions and sightseeing, special permits, use of kayaks and stand-up paddle boards, and the expertise of their expedition team, with educational talks and presentations, and many many more amazing offerings.

Disney Cruise Line

It has pools and waterslides, live character performances, and fun! If youre looking for a family vacation or if you want to release your inner child, consider a action on Disney Cruise Line.

Their website summarizes the experience perfectly, “ A Disney Cruise bring families together to create long-lasting memories with original, musical live shows, spectacular fireworks at sea, incredible destinations like our private island and so much more.”

They offer tons of destinations to choose from including the Caribean, Mexico, The Bahamas, Canada, and Alaska and more. The best part about these specific locations is that they do not require a passport to embark on an international journey!

What’s Included 

Your trip on a Disney Cruise Line includes, broadway level musicals, and live entertainment, spacious staterooms, Disney’s exclusive private island, a 24 hour dining service, Nightclubs, Lounges, and imaginative youth clubs!

Odyssey of the Seas, Royal Caribbean 

Two friends are diving in the sea from a cliff. Carefree, freedom, vacation concept.

Want to explore some of the best locations in the Caribean? Odyssey of the Seas by Royal Caribean sails the Western Caribean, Souther Caribean, Eastern Medditerranean, and the Eatern Caribbean. In addition to taking sail to some of the most beautiful places in the world, Odyssey of the Seas offers thrilling activities and excursion perfect for the thrill seeker!

Are you more of a foodie? They offer over 15 dining options that is sure to satisfy all of your vacation cravings. This cruise offers theatrical performances, classes at the fitness center outdoor movie nights, the spa, a casino, and more!

Weather you want to spend your vacation lounging on their island deck, riding bumper cars with your best friends, or enjoying your date in one of their many fine dining experiences, the Odyssey of the Sea is sure to be a once in a lifetime experience!

Want to Expand Your Horizons?

The Carribean and Alaska are gorgeous places, but what about those who want to explore beyond our small slice of the world? For those who dare to venture out, you’ll most likely need a passport. Most cruises that see exotic locales will either not start in the USA or not end in USA. Closed loop cruises which start and stop in the USA can (for the most part) be embarked on without the need of a passport. However, if the cruise ends elsewhere, well you’d be expected to be able to present one at the time of docking. Not bringing a passport on one of these journeys could lead to an awkward run in with foreign custom’s agents.

That being said, current passport processing times are taking about 4-6 weeks at the fastest for those applying for expedited service at a post office or court house. Depending on when you’re traveling, this turn around time might be excellent! But for those with more nearby travel plans, you’ll have to explore other options. The main channel of applying for a passport in a time crunch is via the US Department of State, but they only accept appointments from travlers with proof of travel within 14 days. Not only that, but getting an appointment is not guaranteed even if you do have proof of travel!

What You Need To Travel

For those who don’t like to take risks with their pertinent travel documentation, there’s us, The Passport Office. We offer concierge passport expediting services near you, so no matter what your travel predicament is, we can help you out when you’re in a bind. With our fastest processing speed, we can guarantee the delivery of your passport within 3 business days! So what are you waiting for? Get started and apply for a passport near you today!

How to Apply for a Passport Near You

U.S Passport Book

Are you looking to apply for a passport near you but don’t know where to start? Luckily, there are plenty of options that you can look into that all have their perks depending on what kind of services you need. 

Your options for submitting a passport application include post offices, courthouses, clerks of court, and other municipal buildings including libraries and public universities. However, all of these passport acceptance facilities range in their availability for booking appointments. 

Courthouses and clerks of court may be your best bet for walk-ins and same-day bookings because many people may not be aware that courthouses and clerks or courts are passport acceptance facilities. They are able to handle First-Time and new passports, as well as passports for minors under sixteen. These applications are required to be submitted in person. 

Libraries and public universities tend to also do passports but these are hit or miss and tend to have strange hours of operation. This also goes for miscellaneous municipal offices that do passports as well. Similar to Courthouses and clerks of court, they are able to handle First-Time and new passports, as well as passports for minors under sixteen. 

These applications are required to be submitted in person.

Post Office’s are the most common way to apply for a passport because they are more easily accessible to the general public, but it can be hard to get an appointment because of their limited availability. You can apply for a First-time or new passport, as well as passports for minors under sixteen. However, the only place you can apply for a passport renewal will be with a post office and will have to be submitted through a mail-in process. To apply for a passport near you, USPS provides a post office locator

A passport acceptance facility search page is provided on the U.S Department of State website. 

The search engine lets you put in your zip code to find a place that does passports near you, it also has phone numbers, operating hours, how to get an appointment (or if walk-ins are acceptable), and it’ll let applicants know if photo services are available on-site.

When choosing a passport acceptance facility, remember that the location that people go to apply for the passport is not where the passport is being made and issued in most cases, and should any issues arise with the application, applicants are not advised to go back to where they applied to get more information. This is because the office where they submit their application form exists solely to verify their identity. That being said, if you have any issues that arise in your passport application, errors should be handled by the U.S Department of State. 

Regardless of what passport acceptance facility you choose, you can find all application forms and requirements for First-time or new, minors under sixteen, and passport renewals at the U.S Department of State website

How to Apply 

If you are applying for a passport near you, you should apply about three months in advance for international travel. This is because post offices can take up to six to process your application, and have your passport made and delivered to you. Before you apply, make sure you have all of your documents in order to speed up the already lengthy process. 

First, find out what type of passport you are applying for– the documents required can vary depending on the type of passport you need. 

First-time or New Passports ( All passport acceptance facilities)

If you are applying for a First-time or new passport, you will need to apply in person to have your identity verified.

First-time passports or new passport requirements include:

  • DS-11 application form printed and filled out, but NOT signed  ( You must have an employee witness your signature)
  • Proof of U.S Citizenship ( a photocopy including the front and back of the document)
  • Proof of identity (a photocopy including the front and back of the document)
  • A passport photo that meets the U.S Department of State’s requirements for passport photos
  • Payment: Post Offices will accept credit cards, checks, and money orders for acceptance fees but you will also need a check or money order written out to the “U.S Department of State” that will be mailed out with your application.

If you are applying for a new passport, you must schedule an in-person appointment.

Passport Renewal (Post Office ONLY)

Passport renewal requirements are a bit different because you must be eligible to mail in your passport application. Post offices are the only way to renew a passport as well because you cannot apply for a passport renewal at a courthouse.

Make sure you are eligible to apply for a mail-in passport renewal. Your passport must be in your possession, and it must be undamaged, except for regular wear and tear. Your passport must have been issued to you at the age of sixteen or older. Your passport must have been issued to you in your current name unless you can provide documents of your legal name change. If you answered “yes” to all of these requirements then you are eligible to mail in your passport renewal application. If not, you must apply in person.

Passport renewal requirements include:

When mailing in your passport renewal application, make sure that you pick an envelope that can fit all of the required documents without folding any of them. Be sure to address the envelope to the location of your state.

Passports for Minors Under Sixteen ( All passport acceptance facilities)

An application for minors under sixteen MUST be submitted in person.

  • All applicants under the age of sixteen must apply in person with two parents or legal guardians present
  • Applicants such as parents or legal guardians must fill out the DS-11 Form, and may not sign the documents until it is witnessed by an employee
  • You must provide proof of U.S Citizenship: A U.S birth certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or Certification of Birth are all acceptable forms of citizenship
  • You will need to provide a photocopy of the proof of citizenship and it must be printed on 8.5×11 white paper, must be single-sided, and printed in back and white
  • You must show proof of parental relationship(s) or legal guardian(s) by providing an ORIGINAL copy, of one of the following: U.S birth certificate, Adoption Decree, Divorce/custody Decree, or a foreign birth certificate 
  • The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must provide a form of I.D: a list of acceptable I.D can be found here.
  • You must also provide a photocopy of the I.D
  • You must be able to show parental consent: requirements and forms may be found here.
  • A passport photo that meets the U.S Department of State’s requirements for passport photos
  • Payment: Post Offices will accept credit cards, checks, and money orders for acceptance fees but you will also need a check or money order written out to the “U.S Department of State” that will be mailed out with your application

How to Apply for a Passport Near You if You Need it Expedited

If you are in need of a same-day, or expedited passport your application process may change. 

The US Department of State is where you can go to get a same-day passport, but that service is only available to those traveling within 14 days. One must call for an appointment, and walk-in service is currently not available. Because of limited availability, it is not guaranteed that you will get an appointment. Also, there are only twenty-six U.S locations, so you may not have one located in your state. 

If you are looking to apply for a passport near you and need it expedited, consider applying with a private courier. The requirements are almost the same as The U.S Department of State process because these couriers are contracted through them. 

Couriers like The Passport Office can rush the passport process to as fast as three to five days! Applicants can apply online, and mail in their supplemental materials to receive their expedited passport. The main difference is that private couriers do charge a higher fee for their services.

Apply for a passport near you at one of The Passport Office’s many locations today for your expedited passport.

Top 7 Destinations to Travel to in November

a Globetrotter deciding where to travel to next

After two years of travel restrictions, and countries opening back up for tourism, 2022 might be the most exciting year for international travel.

While many travel during the summertime, it is usually peak tourist season for popular travel destinations. Consider traveling at the end of the fall shoulder season, specifically in November to make the most out of your trip, and to escape the dreariness that comes with November in the United States.

We have compiled a list of the top 7 destinations to travel to in November. Whether November brings better weather, cheaper prices, or less crowding, you are sure to not regret planning your trip during one of the most convenient months to travel.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Many travelers visit Mexico for its beautiful beaches in Cancun and Talum but San Miguel de Allende is a charming small town that you are sure to fall in love with. San Miguel de Allende offers a robust wine scene, shopping boutiques, museums, and amazing food. 

The best time to visit San Miguel might just be in the month of November because, for one, the weather is at its best, and second, because of their famous Dia De Los Muertos Festival that takes place in early November!

Mexico requires a valid passport for the duration of your trip for entry into the country.

Iceland 

The Northern Lights

Maybe you’re a Game of Thrones fan, or maybe you’ve always wanted to see the Northern Lights, either way, Iceland offers some of the most beautiful and scenic landscapes. Iceland offers beautiful ice caves, waterfalls, and black-sand beaches. The perfect location for Nature lovers!

Though visiting Iceland in November may seem too cold to travel to, the winter months in Iceland bring a plethora of beautiful experiences. November is the best time to catch the Northern Lights and participate in snow activities. You’ll also miss the tourists by a month or two since the holidays do bring in a larger crowd.

Iceland requires three months of passport validity, but six months is recommended for entry into the country. Consider urgent passport services, if not eligible if you fear you may not be eligible for entry.

Paris, France

Paris

There is a reason why Paris continues to be a hub for tourists planning their dream vacation. Paris is overflowing with culture, art, beautiful architecture, and important monuments. Paris offers The Lourve, Notre Dame, Chic Parisian cafes, and amazing sightseeing.

 If taking a selfie in front of the Eifel tower is a dream of yours, the best time to beat the tourists would be after everyone’s summer trips to Paris. Although it could be a little chilly in November, there’s nothing a light jacket can’t fix. You’ll beat the huge crowds, and be surrounded by some of the chicest locals in any place you’ve ever been.

France requires three months of passport validity for entry into the country.

Egypt

Egypt is rich in historical monuments, and culture, which makes for an absolutely unforgettable vacation, it’s no wonder why it was named one of the Top 10 Places to Travel to in 2022. There are the ancient Pyramids of Giza that date back to 2500 B.C. You can take a stunning cruise on the Nile River, or visit the historic Pharaonic Temples. You can’t forget about The Red Sea and Egypt’s beautiful coral reefs.

November may be the best time to beat the desert heat, which will make the most of your trip. Not only will you get to enjoy Egypt in the height of its beautiful weather, November of 2022, offers an amazing tourist opportunity immersed in culture.  In November, Egypt is opening its doors to the world’s largest museum of Egyptology, The Grand Egyptian Museum. With over 100,000 never before seen by the public artifacts, it is for sure an exhibit you do not want to miss.

You must have six months of validity on your passport to enter Egypt.

Belize

Belize is one of the top travel destinations in Central America. Belize’s diverse natural beauty is the perfect location for wildlife adventurers and ultimate relaxation. Belize offers stunning beaches where its visitors can scuba dive and snorkel, as well as diverse rainforests with wildlife that you can’t beat! For the history buffs, you can tour the Mayan ruins that are scattered through their rainforests. 

Belize is a rainy country, but the showers begin to slow down in early November. Because November is at the tail end of Belize’s rainy season, it is an ideal time to avoid rain, as well as tourists, as they begin to make their way to Belize in late December. Belize also celebrates Garifuna Settlement Day on November 19th, which offers drumming and dancing celebrations throughout the country.

Your passport must be valid for the length of your stay in Belize.

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Grand Palace.

If you’re a foodie craving a soulful and exciting city, drenched in culture, Bangkok might just be the city you want to travel to this year. Bangkok has the largest China Town in the world, filled with world-class, delicious traditional food that is sure to satisfy and surprise you. China Town is not your only option: Bangkok is filled with themed trendy restaurants that are sure to get you excited . Bangkok also has a huge nightlife and party scene that attracts not only the part goers but top artists and socialites who are known to throw great parties. 

November is the best month to take your trip to Bangkok. Why? Because Bangkok begins to dry up from its rainy season and temperatures are at their most ideal. November is also the month of Thailand’s most breathtaking festival, Loi Krathong, where locals release decorated vessels into bodies of water to wash away their misfortunes. 

Your passport must have six months of validity from the date of entry into Thailand.

Cape Town, South Africa 

Cape Town is arguably one of the most metropolitan cities that you can visit in South Africa. Cape town offers a variety of cultures mixed into one city which makes for an unforgettable travel experience. Cape Town’s stunning Table Mountain overlooks the entire city, and is accessible by cable car for some of the most stunning views you can imagine! The main thing travelers visiting Cape Town say is that they wish they had more time there, and that it is one of the most stunning places they have ever visited.

November is one of the best months to visit Cape Town because the summer weather starts to kick in, but it’s not too hot or rainy just yet. Cape town also has a big tourist scene in December so you’ll miss the crowds!

You must have thirty days of passport validity for entry into South Africa.

International Travel and Urgent Passport Services

 Now that you’ve made up your mind about the stunning location you are traveling to, it is important that you have a valid passport to enter the country that you have chosen to vacation to. Many countries have passport validity requirements, with some countries requiring a six-month passport validity requirement.

If you see that your passport is not valid for entry to the country of your choice, you should consider applying for a passport renewal. 

You can apply traditionally at a post office or courthouse, but the application process could take months before you receive your passport. Even though the governments expedited services, you may still be waiting upwards of two months to receive your urgent passport.

If you want to book your travel plans now, and don’t want to waste any time consider urgent passport services. 

The Passport Office offers urgent passport services that will get you your emergency passport in less than just two weeks!

Apply for a passport renewal today, and avoid missing out on the vacation of a lifetime!