USAGov Offers Tips About Passports and International Travel in 2021

Many people are planning destination getaways, visits with families, and business trips in the next year.

If you need to renew or get a new passport, you may need more time than you think. Many people are experiencing delays in passport service due to the high volume of applications and changing COVID-19 restrictions.

Know what to expect with these travel tips.

Apply early. Submit your application for a new passport or renewal at least six months before your trip. Due to limited availability for urgent travel appointments, the State Department can’t guarantee you can receive in-person service at a passport center.

Know how long routine vs. expedited service will take.

Routine service can take up to 18 weeks from the day an application is submitted to the day a new passport is received. This includes up to 12 weeks for processing and up to 6 weeks for mailing time.

Expedited service costs an additional $60 and can take up to 12 weeks from the day an application is submitted to the day a new passport is received. This includes up to 6 weeks for processing and up to 6 weeks for mailing time.

Use online tools where you can. Look online at the self-service tools available on the Travel.State.gov website 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For example, you can check what your passport status is online.

Once you receive your passport, understand what health guidance is in place when traveling internationally. Some COVID-19 restrictions still apply depending on your destination.

Check out travel recommendations by your destination country to know what to expect before you go.

Remember: the U.S. requires a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight. This includes U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people.

For more COVID-19-related travel information, visit USA.gov. USAGov is the front door to government information and services.

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