The Passport Meltdown is Coming & How to Save Yourself

11846621_603834069756538_1223411357202161072_nRemember The Passport Crisis of 2006 & 2007?

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Almost 10 years ago it became a requirement to have a passport.  Which lead to a long processing times for passports.

Guess what? 

All of the passports from the crisis of 2007 will now be expiring in the next 18 months!  And to confound the situation there are some changes with the ability to add visa pages that will force people to apply for passports.

Did you know that 125 million US citizens have passports?

Go find your passports NOW and check the expiration dates.

WHY? Because some countries require passports to be valid for 6 MONTHS beyond their arrival back into the US.

What you need to know:

  1. Two options will be available: Passports will come with either 28 or 52 pages with no difference in cost. Get the 52 pages. You never know when you will come into some money and fill that passport up!
  2. The travel industry is back! That means more people are traveling. Hence longer processing times
  3. Passport cards are wallet-sized passports can only be used for land and sea (NO FLIGHTS!) travel between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean.  Passport cards are smaller and less expensive.  I advise a passport book!
  4. Passports ages are:
    1. 16 yrs and older are adults – passport is valid for 10 years
    2.  15 and under are children – passport is valid for 5 years (yes that includes newborns. If they are breathing they have to be packing a passport!)

Let’s talk money!

  • New, replacement or renewal of a passport book: $110 if age 16 and older; $80 if under the age of 16.
  • New, replacement or renewal of a passport card: $30 if age 16 and older; $15 if under the age of 16.
  • Expedited service (optional): an additional $60.00 per application.
  • The acceptance or execution fee of $25 is paid to any U.S. Passport Acceptance Agency

******* This is Government stuff y’all- It can & will change  ***************

How to save yourself?

Go & renew or apply for passports now.  

Don’t wait until you feel a vacation “itch” coming

The Passport process is not hard. May take a little preparation but it is so worth it!

Do not miss out on your opportunities to see beautiful places because you are afraid of a passport process!

Wishing you 80° & Palm Trees! — Wendi

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About Wendi Davenport-Montoya

Have you met Wendi? At the All Inclusive Travel Hut I have the pleasure of helping overworked professionals who need to escape the chaotic life to reconnect with loved ones in a fabulous island or beach setting. My clients are individuals who are wanting to reconnect with special people. Maybe a romantic, best friend or family getaway or someone wanting to experience a special celebration in a fabulous destination. The celebrations could be a special birthday, honeymoon, anniversaries, reunions or destination wedding. What kind of celebration can I plan for you? I help my clients by understanding their needs and what their vision is for their special getaway. As a leading Vacation Specialist in Houston, I am invited to special events put on by the leading wholesalers and resorts in the Travel Industry. Spending a large amount of time in the destinations to know the resorts make up great benefits for my clients. The result is the client feels special and they get a vacation they will always remember! Call today to experience a vacation to remember for you and your loved ones. Wendi D. Montoya, SCVDWS Senior Certified Vacation & Destination Wedding Specialist Direct: (281) 377.3488 x 101 Monday - Friday 9AM - 5:30PM (CST) Evening and Weekend Appointments Available

Posted on September 12, 2015, in Culture, Destination Weddings, Houston Bridal Extravaganza, kids travel, Luxury, Mexico Travel, Travel Industry and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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