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The Facts Behind Passports And Travel Abroad

International travel can be for business, education or pleasure. But for whatever reason you need to travel, you will need to have passports to travel between countries. A passport is a country's official documentation of your citizenship and essential when traveling abroad. Students, business persons and world travelers must have one before departure from the country and great care should be taken to secure this important documentation throughout your journey. Lost and stolen passports often lead to stress and frustration for travelers abroad and may even leave you stuck. Your passport is who you are and you should see it as that wherever you go in the wide, wide world.

Whether you're planning a dream vacation, going abroad for college or leaving on important business matters, you need to really look ahead. You can't just stroll into your local post office and think you're going to walk out with passports. The process of applying and receiving a passport can take several weeks to complete. The government usually will have your new or renewed passport to you in six weeks. Through their expedited service, you can receive your passport in as little as two weeks.

Emergency Passports Are Available For Imperative Travel

There are many instances that arise where you just can't wait weeks for passports to arrive. Family emergencies, death or illness can happen suddenly and without warning. In cases like this, it can be imperative to get a passport sooner than a few weeks. You have a couple of options. The first is to use the government's own expedited service for those in life or death emergencies. You will have to contact the National Passport Information Center to get more information, but there are no guarantees or specifics on how long you will have to wait. Your other option is to use a passport service. Many of these offer the chance to receive a valid U.S. passport in as little as 24 hours. Some even guarantee their speedy passports to a certain degree.

When you travel, you need to make sure that you keep your passports safe and secure. A lost or stole passport can give you more than a little bit of stress when you're traveling internationally. It’s important to keep your passport protected and immediately accessible. It can be extremely complicated to get a replacement once it's gone so you really need to keep it on your person if at all possible. Don't place it in luggage that can be easily lost in transit.