How does a Passport Differ from a Passport Card?
The most important difference between U.S. passport books and passport cards is that passport cards are not valid for international air travel; they're only acceptable for land and sea border crossings between the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean. The difference in cost between the two is minimal so I always recommend a passport book. Passport books last 10 years for adults (5 for children), so they are worth the investment.
Do I Need a Passport for a Caribbean Cruise?
I strongly recommend all guests travel with a valid passport during their cruise. This is very important in case of unforeseen circumstances: A guest may need to fly back to the US from one of the islands due to any of the following... medical, family, personal or business emergencies, missing a ship's departure, involuntary disembarkation from a ship due to misconduct, or other reasons. In these cases a passport will be required.
Why I prefer to fly anywhere with a Passport (even within the US)...
You never know when your plane might be diverted and needs to land outside the US. This may be rare but it could happen! So since I always have a valid passport, why not take it with you as your form of ID when flying?
Do Children Need Passports?
Yes! Everyone traveling internationally, no matter what age needs a passport. Children's passports expire every 5 years. Both parents must renew in person with the child. See below for information on renewing passports and where to search for your nearest location to renew in person.
I’m going on my Honeymoon, can I travel under my new Last Name?
NO! You must travel with the name as it appears on your passport. The name given to the airline when purchasing your tickets must match your passport exactly. Not to worry, once you are back from your honeymoon you can change your name on your passport and take many more trips with your new name!
The Six Month Validity Rule...
If your passport is set to expire less than six months beyond your departure date you'll want to make sure you renew before you travel. Many countries require a six month buffer on your passport’s expiration date and you may not be able to board the plane if your passport expires before the 6 months.This rule is in place so that if the un-expecting visitor needs to stay for a period of up to six months his/her passport would be valid to leave the country.
What to do if you lose your passport while traveling?
Always make copies of your passports and keep it in a safe place. If you do lose your passport contact the local US Embassy or Consulate for assistance.
Information for renewing your passports...
Below are the guidelines for renewing by mail versus in person:You can renew by mail using Form DS-82 if your most recent passport:
In Person Passport Application Locations search: https://iafdb.travel.state.gov
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