It is a good idea to have a passport for travel outside the US and it is required for many cruises. Keeping your passport current is not as easy as it used to be. Or, is it?
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Both of our passports expire in December 2023, and we have cruises planned for June through August since many countries and cruise lines don't accept a U.S passport within six months of the expiration date.
We've got to renew our passports, but that can take up to 13 weeks to get a passport renewed, maybe longer between now.
And the time we are within our six-month expiration period.
We don't have 13 weeks between cruises.
So what do we do? This video is sponsored by Generations Visa service.
Hello, Cruisers and welcome to another Cruise report, Cruise tips.
Video, maybe one of the most important travel tips videos, I've ever posted on YouTube today.
I'm going to talk to you about U.S passports and cruise travel more specifically about how to get your U.S passport renewed.
Now if you're not a U.S citizen, you're going to have to check with the rules and regulations of your specific country of citizenship and with your cruise line for whatever their documentation requirements are.
And for the most current information on U.S, passports should always refer to the U.S Department of State website.
I'll put a link in the description anything I say in this video is subject to change if you're booked on a cruise that embarks in a foreign country, you will be required to have a valid U.S passport.
If you're booked on a cruise that departs from a U.S Port like say, Miami or Fort Lauderdale, you might be able to get by without a passport and use your birth certificate for embarkation.
However, rumor has it that cruise lines are considering a requirement for a U.S passport, even on these closed-loop cruises that depart from and arrive at a U.S port.
And we've always kind of wondered what happens if you cruise out of a U.S Port using nothing, but a birth certificate.
But then something happens like a medical emergency that requires you to be transported to a foreign country.
And they require you to have a U.S passport for entry into that country, I, don't know, the bottom line is if you're planning to travel to a foreign country and most cruises do you really should have a passport.
So not only are you probably going to be required to have a valid passport.
The passport expiration date cannot be less than six months from your date of departure.
So in our particular case, if we have a cruise booked for the end of June 2023 and our passports expire, the first of December 2023, we could be denied boarding, even though technically our passports are still valid at that time, because we would have less than six months remaining before the expiration date.
There are three ways you can renew your passport.
The first option is, you can download all of the required forms from the U.S state, Department website, complete that required information and mail those forms in to them along with a recent passport photo and your current passport and a check for any required fees.
Now, a normal application can take 10 to 13 weeks to be processed, but I want to emphasize that 10 to 13 weeks is the processing time that does not include the time.
It might take for the mail service to get your passports to the regional office or to have your new passports returned back to you right now.
The way the mail service is, it could easily take 10 days to two weeks for your application just to arrive in the mail before they even begin processing your application.
And while the state department claims, it could take between 10 to 13 weeks there's, a huge backlog of passport applications right.
Now, because the coveted travel restrictions have been lifted there's, a big demand for travel.
So it could take up to 16 weeks to get your passport.
The state department does offer an expedited service, which they claim reduces the processing time to seven to nine weeks.
But that comes in an additional cost of sixty dollars.
However, what if there's an error on your application or a mistake? It? Could take you seven to nine weeks, just to learn that you have to correct that error and start all over from scratch.
The second option is, you can make an appointment to go to one of the 26 Regional Offices in person.
You can take all your completed forms, your passport photos and your existing passport and do everything in person.
But keep in mind.
This service is only available on an appointment only basis for applicants with confirmed travel within 14 days, no walk-ins are accepted.
And you cannot request an appointment outside the 14-day window.
So it's for an emergency use, of course, the regional passport offices tend to be located in large metropolitan areas.
So if you don't live close to one of these offices, that means you've got the additional Hassle and the expense of traveling to one of these offices.
Fortunately, there is a third option, which is what we chose.
We chose to use the services of a professional passport expediter.
Now, professional expediters are private companies registered with regional passport agencies, and they undergo annual certifications to make sure they comply with strict government regulations when it comes to third-party submissions in 2012, we used one of these expediters to obtain Russian visas for a river cruise with Viking.
And that company was Generations Visa.
So I reached out to Generations visa and explained our situation as travel, journalists, I mentioned that we travel frequently and that our next Cruise was only a few weeks away.
And that at no point in our schedule, are we going to have seven to nine weeks where we could be without a valid passport.
So rather than sending our documents to a regional passport office.
We fedexed everything to Generations Visa, and they were able to quickly verify that all of our submitted documents were correct.
And then they sent them on from there.
We received confirmation from Generations Visa that they had received our documents and the old passports.
And that the processing was underway.
They kept us in the loop.
Every step of the way we opted for the most extreme expedited service they offer.
And while that does cost extra, we didn't have to deal with a government agency or take a day off from work to go to a regional office.
It took all the worry and the stress out of this entire process.
The end result was these Priority Mail envelopes arrived with our new passports inside in only 10 business days after they received our documents.
So we couldn't be more pleased with the service that we got from Generations Visa I should also mention that Generations Visa can assist with new passport applications and foreign visas.
So if you're traveling to Russia China, India and there's, many more places that require a visa to enter the country, Generations lists, all of these countries and visa requirements on their website.
Listen, if you like dealing with government agencies, go right ahead.
Try to do this on your own for us.
We just don't need the added stress or the hassle in our lives.
My recommendation is if you need a passport or a Visa reach out to Generations Visa so for more information, go to gen.
Visa.Com, you can download all the necessary forms from their website and get all your questions answered as far as the costs and required procedures for us.
We will certainly be using Generations Visa again in the future.
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If you have questions, please, put them in the comments section down below thanks for watching.
And as always smooth sailing.
It could also be due to missing documents or outstanding child support payments. Unpaid federal taxes may also have led to the denial. A history of criminal convictions, outstanding warrants, or violations of passport laws can also result in a denied application.What happens if you never renew your passport? ›
If you wait until your passport is expired, you will have to wait until you complete the entire renewal process to be able to travel internationally or even apply for a visa again.Why can't I renew my passport online? ›
You cannot renew a special issuance (diplomatic, official, service) passport online. You live in the United States (either state or territory). You do not qualify to renew online if you live in a foreign country or have an Army Post Office (APO) or Fleet Post Office (FPO) address.What are common reasons for passport denial? ›
Reasons for denying a passport include a valid, unsealed federal warrant of arrest, a federal or state criminal court order, a condition of parole or probation forbidding departure from the United States (or the jurisdiction of the court), or a request for extradition.Can I get form DS-82 at post office? ›
This is also the only application form you'll be able to find in post offices. Renewal form DS-82 can only be downloaded directly from the State Department's website. However, under certain circumstances, you can send the DS-82 form by mail or online.What is the DS-82 form for passport renewal 2023? ›
You must submit form DS-82 If the following are true. Your U.S. Passport is undamaged and can be submitted with your application. Your U.S. Passport was issued when you were of age 16 or older. Your U.S. Passport was issues in your current name or you can legally document your name change.Can I fill out form DS-82 by hand? ›
You can fill out the form using the online form filler of the Department of State website (https://pptform.state.gov/) or print it out and fill it out by hand using a black pen. If you fill out the form electronically, at the end of the questionnaire there is an option to generate the form as a PDF file.What is the fastest way to renew my US passport? ›
- Follow the instructions on Form DS-82 if you are renewing, or Form DS-5504 if you are changing your name within one year of a passport being issued.
- Collect your supporting documents.
- Be sure to include the $60 expedite fee in addition to the normal application fee.
Passports can only be renewed by mail. Online renewals are currently paused. Typically, you will need the following items to renew your passport: Application - You will need Form DS-82.How long does it take to renew your passport? ›
|Application type||Current average turnaround time|
|Complex Adult Renewal||15 Working Days|
|Child Renewal||15 Working Days|
|First Time Online Application (Adult and Child)||20 Working Days|
|Passport Card Application||3-5 Working Days|
Can I renew my passport if it's expired? Yes, but the passport must have been issued within the last 15 years.Can you travel without renewing your passport? ›
It may not be valid for some travel — even if it hasn't expired. Some countries require that passports be valid at least six months beyond the dates of your trip.Can you travel without a renewed passport? ›
Answer: No, you cannot travel internationally without a valid passport. Photocopies of passports are not acceptable. If you need your passport to travel internationally and do not have time to wait for routine processing, then you can apply for expedited passport renewal. By mail, this process takes 2-3 weeks.Do I get my money back if passport is denied? ›
IMPORTANT NOTE: We consider refund requests on a case-by-case basis. We cannot refund passport execution fees, nor refund missed travel. We cannot refund passport application fees except in very limited circumstances outlined in 22 C.F.R. § 51.53(a).Do you have to pay again if passport photo is rejected? ›
After this, your application will be frozen for a period of 90 days so that you can submit a compliant photo. You might not have to pay again if your passport photo is rejected, however, you will have to consider the costs of retaking your photo, getting it right, and sending it back within a timeframe.Can you be denied a passport for bad credit? ›
Under the U.S. Passport Denial Program, which is part of the Federal Collections and Enforcement Program, your passport can be denied for certain reasons. However, bankruptcy isn't one of them. This program primarily focuses on denying passports to people who have unpaid back taxes or unpaid child support.Why is getting a passport so difficult? ›
Unprecedented demand for passports is leading to longer processing times for new applications and renewals.