Passport renewal delayed by months as international travel skyrockets
A Palm Beach County travel agent encourages travelers to act quickly if they need to renew their passports.
The US State Department reports a significant backlog and delay in the operation of the Department’s passports.
Travel around the world notes that the current wait time for expedited passports is 12 weeks and 18 weeks for general processing.
“With the rise of travel, people want to get out of the country. They are ready to travel,” said Laura Reece, owner of Reece Worldwide Travel. “A lot of people have looked at their passports and they have expired. You must have a current passport to travel outside the country. You cannot use a passport card. You cannot use your birth certificate.”
Travelers who need a passport due to a life-threatening emergency can be granted priority with the proper documents.
Reece recommends going for expedited service to help with turnaround time.
“It’s worth the money,” Reece said. “If you’re planning on taking a vacation and you’ve already paid for your tickets and want to go, I would do it right away.”
The US State Department reports the following deadlines for obtaining a passport:
- Routine: Save $ 60. 18-week door-to-door service (includes up to 12 weeks processing and six weeks front and back mailing)
- accelerated : Costs an additional $ 60. Door-to-door service in 12 weeks (includes up to six weeks of processing and six weeks of mailing at the beginning and at the end)
- Agency or Center: Extremely limited number of appointments: must have international travel within the next 72 hours (three working days)
Learn more about the change in passport operations in response to COVID-19.
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