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Brazil Just Got a Whole Lot Easier to Visit

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/27/2017, 12:00 AM

Hallelujah! Brazil's arms are finally opening wide to tourists. For years, if you wanted to visit the riches of this South American country, you soon found out how difficult it was. You'd have to make an appointment with the nearest Brazilian embassy or consulate, and that could take more than a month. On the big day, you'd travel there and proffer your passport along with photo, an application, a...

App for Speeding Up Customs Process Now Live at 14 Airports

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/12/2016, 9:45 PM

A mobile app designed to move you through customs quickly and efficiently is now available at 14 of the country's international airports. The latest addition, Washington Dulles in the nation's capital, joins Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle; Raleigh Durham and Tampa are up next. Available ...

Expiring Passports Should Be Renewed Early

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/21/2016, 5:15 PM

On the Frommer's Travel Show, our weekly radio broadcast, we recently interviewed Brenda Sprague, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Passport Services for the U.S. State Department, and she had a simple message: If your passport expires in the next year and a half, renew it right now. "We are coming up on the 10th anniversary of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, and that was when Co...

Two New Passport Rules Elicit Anger

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/15/2015, 6:30 PM

The U.S. State Department has changed the rules for passports in two ways. First, as of January 1, 2016, it will no longer allow you to add pages to your passport if you fill up the ones you have with visas and entry stamps. Previously, you could get extra pages sent to you or have them sewn into your passport at consulates and embassies. If you're a regular visitor to the many countries t...

U.S. Government Is Pushing TSA PreCheck to New Passport Recipients, But Global Entry Would Be Smarter

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/17/2013, 4:30 PM

Get a new passport these days, and it will arrive with a new bookmark urging you to sign up for TSA PreCheck. Volunteer some personal information about yourself beforehand, it says, and once you pass a background check, you may qualify to zip through airport security without removing your shoes, your 3-1-1 bag of items, your coat, or your laptop. The other side of the paper suggests another pr...

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