Destination Directory

Flood of Passport Renewals Anticipated

With the 10-year anniversary of legislation that required U.S. citizens to carry passports for travel within the Western Hemisphere upon us, it's likely there will be a glut of passport renewal applications.

After passage of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, requiring a passport for air travel to and from Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, the State Department experienced a rush of applications—from 12.1 million in 2006 to 18.6 million the following year. The book is valid for 10 years, and the agency is anticipating an onslaught of renewals.

What does this mean for group travel?

Make sure clients are aware of the expected surge, which is likely to result in delays. "We encourage passport applicants to apply for or renew U.S. passports well ahead of planned travel," said Brenda Sprague, deputy assistant secretary for passport services, adding that longer-than-average wait times for passport processing are anticipated, starting around the New Year.

While wait time is normally four to six weeks, during busier periods it has stretched to as long as 10 weeks. Sprague advises those who have a year or less remaining before their passport expires to renew now.

Click here for more information regarding passport renewal.

 


Tags

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

What's New

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • 31
  • 32
  • 33
  • 34
  • 35
  • 36
  • 37
  • 38
  • 39
  • 40
  • 41
  • 42
  • 43
  • 44
  • 45
  • 46
  • 47
  • 48
  • 49
  • 50
  • 51
  • 52
  • 53
  • 54
  • 55
  • 56
  • 57
  • 58
  • 59
  • 60
  • 61
  • 62
  • 63
  • 64
  • 65
  • 66
  • 67
  • 68
  • 69
  • 70
  • 71
  • 72
  • 73
  • 74
  • 75
  • 76
  • 77
  • 78
  • 79
  • 80
  • 81
  • 82
  • 83
  • 84
  • 85
  • 86
  • 87
  • 88
  • 89
  • 90
  • 91
  • 92
  • 93
  • 94
  • 95
  • 96
  • 97
  • 98
  • 99
  • 100
  • 101
  • 102
  • 103
  • 104
  • 105
  • 106
  • 107
  • 108
  • 109
  • 110
  • 111
  • 112
  • 113
  • 114
  • 115
  • 116
  • 117
  • 118
  • 119
  • 120
  • 121
  • 122
  • 123
  • 124
  • 125
  • 126
  • 127
  • 128
  • 129
  • 130
  • 131
  • 132
  • 133
  • 134
  • 135
  • 136
  • 137
  • 138
  • 139
  • 140
  • 141
  • 142
  • 143
  • 144
  • 145
  • 146
  • 147
  • 148
  • 149
  • 150
  • 151
  • 152
  • 153
  • 154
  • 155
  • 156
  • 157
  • 158
  • 159
  • 160
  • 161
  • 162
  • 163
  • 164
  • 165
  • 166
  • 167
  • 168
  • 169
  • 170
  • 171
  • 172
  • 173
  • 174
  • 175
  • 176
  • 177
  • 178
  • 179
  • 180
  • 181
  • 182
  • 183
  • 184
  • 185
  • 186
  • 187
  • 188
  • 189
  • 190
  • 191
  • 192
  • 193
  • 194
  • 195
  • 196
  • 197
  • 198
  • 199
  • 200
  • 201
  • 202
  • 203
  • 204
  • 205
  • 206
  • 207
  • 208
  • 209
  • 210
  • 211
  • 212
  • 213
  • 214
  • 215
  • 216
  • 217
  • 218
  • 219
  • 220
  • 221
  • 222
  • 223
  • 224
  • 225
  • 226
  • 227
  • 228
  • 229
  • 230
  • 231

Spotlight Collection

  • OMCA - Ontario Motor Coach AssociationOMCA - Ontario Motor Coach AssociationOMCA is celebrating its 90th birthday in 2019! The city of Ottawa, ON is excited to host our celebrations at the 2019 OMCA Marketplace, November 3 – 6 at the Westin, Ottawa. The OMCA marketplace is a fabulous conference that allows members to gain powerfu ...
  • Wayne County CVBWayne County CVBThe rural charm of Wayne County's rolling hills, lush woods, and scenic farmland is only the beginning of the offerings available to visitors and residents. An abundance of cultural activities and events make Wayne County a great destination any time of ...
  • Guggenheim MuseumGuggenheim MuseumLocated on Manhattan's Museum Mile, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is an internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century. Visitors can experience special exhibitions of modern and contemporary ...
  • New Orleans CVBNew Orleans CVBGroup travel planners of all kinds find what they need to plan an authentic, one-of-a-kind New Orleans experience right here. Whether you’re planning a class, military or family reunion, a wedding, or a trip for your club, church or youth group, we can ar ...
  • Show more...

Featured Content

It’s Not Where You Are. It’s Where You’re Going.

Sometimes you find life lessons in unexpected places.

Read more ...

Promoting Inclusivity in Travel

Experiencing cultures is the third-biggest motivator for travel, according to Skift Research.

Read more ...

The DNA of Wildly Successful People

Check out six traits that successful people have in common.

Read more ...