Union County, NJ – Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi advises residents to check their passport expiration date before planning international travel this summer, fall and early winter. Some countries will not allow entry for travelers whose passports have expired in the following months.
“Depending on the country, travelers may be banned if their passport expires within three to six months of the date of their travel,” Ms. Rajoppi said. “Additionally, travelers with expiring passports should consider the time it takes for the US State Department to process passport renewal applications.”
The State Department currently estimates that it will take 18 weeks to renew an existing passport. For residents who agree to pay accelerated fees, the wait time is 12 weeks.
“While my office can provide assistance with the initial filing of an application, unfortunately we have no control over the processing time as this is a State Department function,” Ms. Rajoppi said. . “This is the longest delay that I have seen in years, and it appears to be related to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their operations. “
The Union County Clerk is authorized to accept passport applications and forward them to the State Department for processing. This service is available in person and by appointment only.
To make an appointment at the County Clerk’s Main Office at the Union County Courthouse at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth, call 908-527-4966.
To make an appointment at the adjoining office in the Colleen Frasier Building, Union County Complex at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield, call 908-654-9859.
Passport photos are also available at both offices for a nominal fee of $ 10.00 each.
For more information on the County Clerk’s Passport Service, visit online at ucnj.org/county-clerk/passport-services or call 908-527-4966.
For more information on all of the County Clerk’s programs and services, visit online at ucnj.org/county-clerk or call 908-527-4787.
For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Union County COVID-19 Testing Center at Kean University, the mobile test unit, information on immunization, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/ covid19. General information on COVID-19 is available from the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.
Sometimes you are not allowed on some international flights, even if your passport is still valid and you have already reserved your seat. Here’s why.
AnemStyle / shutterstockIf you are traveling to a foreign country, you may have a big surprise at the airport. A little-known secret to airlines and international travel agencies can cost you thousands of dollars.
When you board the plane for an international flight after going through airport security, you are usually required to present your passport. You need to make sure that it is still valid, that is, it has not passed the expiration date, before you go. But this is not enough in some countries, and you may not be allowed to take the flight you have already paid for.
In places like France, Spain, and Germany, your passport must be valid for at least 90 days after entering the country, even if you don’t plan to stay that long. Some countries have delays of up to 6 months after your arrival.
The reason is in case of an unexpected situation where the traveler has to stay in the country longer than originally planned. They will need a valid passport to leave the country, but they will only be able to renew it at home.
The problem is compounded if the airlines let you board your flight without a “valid” passport in the destination country. In this case, you will be turned away at the gates and have to spend thousands of dollars on a return flight, unless you can ask the airline to cover it. When it comes to plane tickets, did you know that the best day to buy them is no longer Tuesday?
This rule applies even in simple stopover situations. For example, let’s say you’re about to spend a week in Japan, which only requires that your passport be valid only for the duration of your intended travel period, and your passport is valid for the next 70 days. If you have a stopover in Germany, you will not be able to travel to Japan because Germany will send you home. But if you have a direct flight to Japan, you won’t have any problem. Looking for ways to get the most out of your layover? Look no further.
The US State Department recommends that you renew your passport at least 9 months before its printed expiration date to avoid these kinds of issues. They also have a Resource on their website which allows you to check the travel requirements of your destination country.
There are also tools available online that check the validity of your passport in certain countries. Traveldoc is a site that the airlines themselves use to verify their passenger information, and you can use it too! Enter where you are going, what airport you are departing from and your passport expiration information. Traveldoc will let you know if you need to put your documents in order before you take off.
Here are some more tips to make traveling to the airport as easy as possible. Have a good trip!
What you don’t know can’t hurt you? I do not agree. What you don’t know can kill you, like illness for example, or not knowing which way to look when crossing the street.
It may also have lesser effects, but still painful. Like when you are making travel plans. Expensive travel plans. Surprise travel plans. Plans for someone’s 40th birthday. In this case, mine. The truth is, what you don’t know can hurt your wallet and your heart too.
No one likes a big effort surprise to be foiled after all the preparation and anticipation that goes into it. I took pity on my husband. He had tried so hard to surprise me when I was 40, and just days after Christmas too. Vacations alone can make you feel like a stranded, breathless whale. Throw your wife’s 40th over it, and it could lead to sudden death for even the best of husbands.
But not my husband. He went above and beyond. He had booked a surprise trip to Paris for the three of us, and everything was going! The bags were labeled and our boarding passes were being printed. I was wondering what movies would be on the plane when the woman at the check-in counter stopped printing and said there was a problem with our daughter’s passport. A supervisor had to be consulted before our passes could be released.
Of course, I panicked. What’s wrong with our daughter’s passport? It had not expired. It only expires at the end of the month, January 24. We would be back a week before.
I racked my brains. It would have to be a technical problem. Maybe the passport was torn or folded, somehow dysfunctional.
The woman has returned. “Your daughter’s passport is expiring,” she said.
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“But it’s not expired,” I said.
“France does not allow travel within three months of the expiration of a passport,” she informed us.
Clearly, we should have known. We were clearly fools. But, isn’t an expiration date an expiration date?
Not when it comes to passports, apparently; they deteriorate three to six months (depending on the country) before their “consumption” dates. Europe, Asia and the Americas (except Canada and Mexico) all require six months validity.
I have since read that these rules are in place for various reasons in order to avoid accidentally exceeding the allotted travel time in another country by traveling too close to the expiration date of your passport. Most of these reasons suggest an illness or physical accident that could occur during your trip that would keep you in the country you are visiting after your passport expires. All kinds of complications can ensue, the worst case being deportation and then the inability to re-enter that country.
But come on. A runaway terrorist can go from Berlin to Paris to Chambery to Turin to Milan before being finally arrested, and my five-year-old daughter cannot travel with her parents from Australia to France for a week because her passport expires in a month ?
Nope. She can not. After two hours at the check-in counter and frantic calls between the travel agent, the airline and my husband, it was clear that a resolution to this issue was not going to happen in minutes or hours but rather in days… or worse.
The travel agent told us to go to the US consulate immediately and get an emergency passport for our daughter so that we can book the trip as soon as possible and not waste much more time or money in the process. The consulate closed in an hour so it was a mad rush from the airport, luggage in tow, but we made it.
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A passport photo was obtained, and within minutes we were raising our right hand, signing our names, and getting him an “emergency” passport. Then we had to book our tickets.
At that point, the man who had sworn us in and processed all of our paperwork, concluded by saying, “By the way, some countries don’t accept travel with emergency passports.”
“Well, is France one of them? I asked, resisting the futile urge to pounce on the glass between us. “I don’t know. You’ll have to check online or call the embassy. You might need to get a visa or something.”
Why he didn’t tell us this before we had spent the time and money to get the emergency passport remains a mystery.
The French Embassy in Melbourne has been closed. The American Embassy in France did not open for three hours. What was going to happen was not going to happen today. It was time to go home.
After talking to someone on the phone at the US Embassy in France later that night, it turns out that France, as a party to the Schengen Agreement, does not accept emergency passports or temporary. If we had arrived in France, we would have been returned and sent back to Melbourne straight away.
It is the responsibility of the passport holder to know the rules of the countries they are visiting, but shouldn’t that be better known? I asked around. Most of those in the know have learned that in a case like ours, where what you don’t know can actually cause a lot of trouble.
The best advice the internet can offer to avoid such a situation is to recommend that all potential travelers check the websites of the embassies of the countries they plan to visit before booking their travel plans. To this I would add: also check the expiration date of your passport. It might turn out badly.
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9-year-old Australian stranded in Bali without a passport for FIVE YEARS because her Indonesian mother wants money and refuses to sign papers
Ebony Silva has been stranded in Indonesia since 2012 without a passport
Her Australian father, Peter Silva, tried to bring her home
Ebony needs both parents to sign her passport renewal application
His Indonesian mother refused to sign unless paid by Mr. Silva
Australian authorities have promised the family they will help bring her home
By Nelson Groom for Daily Mail Australia and Brianne Tolj for Daily Mail Australia
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The family of a girl from Melbourne, nine, who faces her fifth year of being stranded in Indonesia because of an expired passport, say Australian authorities are refusing to help.
Ebony Silva has been stuck in Bali with her Australian father, Peter Silva, 47, since her Indonesian mother left the family and refused to sign the papers unless she was paid $ 500,000.
It has been a year since Foreign Secretary Julie Bishop wrote to the Silva family telling them that they would work to bring Ebony home, but they still have not received any help from Australian authorities.
9-year-old Ebony Silva has been stuck in Indonesia with her father Peter since 2012 without a passport
Les Twentyman youth worker slammed Australian authorities and accused the public of double standards, reports Herald Sun.
“We tell everyone about detained refugee children, but we don’t even take care of our own children,” he said.
Australian authorities refused to renew Ebony’s Australian passport until her estranged mother signed a passport application, which the mother only agreed to pay if she was paid $ 500,000 by the daughter’s father .
Mr Silva is trapped with his daughter until the government examines the case between January and March 2017.
“This is a very bad situation for my family, Ebony and I. You would think the Australian government would help its own citizens.”
Ebony, who was born in Indonesia, lived in Altona, a suburb west of Melbourne, before finding herself trapped in the passport dilemma.
Late last year, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop wrote to the Silva family saying she would work to bring Ebony back to her family by Christmas.
Australian authorities refused to renew Ebony’s Australian passport until her distant mother signs a passport application
Ebony, who was born in Indonesia, lived in Melbourne before finding herself trapped in the passport dilemma