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Arthur Frommer: Make Sure To Check Your Passport Dates Before Travel

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/14/2018, 7:00 PM

You are about to leave on an international trip, and you have carefully checked the contents of your suitcase, wallet or purse to make sure that everything—especially your passport—is there. And is the passport still valid? You glance at the page with that information, and seeing that all is well, you leave for the airport.   You have done everything correctly, right? Wrong! Unbeknownst to...

Tour Operator to Pay Passport Fees for Travelers Age 18–35

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/13/2018, 9:30 AM

More than half of Americans age 18–35 don't have passports, according to Contiki, a tour operator specializing in that very demographic. For a limited time, Contiki is offering some passport-acquiring incentive to first-time international travelers—at least, those who fall within the 18–35 age range. Contiki customers who book one of the company's trips lasting longer than seven days can get the...

To Visit This Island Paradise You Have to Pledge to Protect the Environment

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/04/2018, 8:45 PM

In order to enter the island nation of Palau in the western Pacific Ocean, visitors must now sign a "passport pledge" to protect the environment. The mandatory vow was enacted to counter the negative effects of tourism on the country's 200 islands and their coral reefs, volcanic hills, rich biodiversity, and cultural sites.  The move makes Palau the world's first nation to change immigration law...

Now Is the Best Time to Apply for or Renew a U.S. Passport, Says State Department

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/26/2017, 9:00 PM

If you need to apply for or renew a U.S. passport, the best time to do so is right now, according to the U.S. State Department. Processing times are shortest between September and December, the agency says, and longest (up to six weeks) from January to the high season of summer travel. Even if your passport isn't set to expire before the end of the year, you might still need to renew—many countri...

Eight Observations About Travel That May Be of Use for Your Next Vacation

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/21/2017, 12:00 AM

Quick thoughts on Airbnb, Disneyland, airlines, Cuba, Washington's National Museum of African American History and Culture, and other recent travel developments...

TSA May Soon Stop Accepting Driver’s Licenses from These Nine States

By Jessica Monsell

Posted on 02/16/2017, 5:00 AM

Some airline passengers may be in for a rude awakening next January if they live in one of the nine states where driver’s licenses do not comply with the REAL ID Act, a federal mandate to establish minimum security standards for state-issued IDs. Starting in January 2018, non-compliant driver’s licenses from Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carol...

Why You Should Renew Your Passport ASAP

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/15/2017, 5:00 AM

Getting a new or renewed passport could take longer than normal this year. U.S. government officials are anticipating a higher volume of renewals in 2017 because a whole bunch of travelers got new passports in 2007, and now those documents are reaching their 10-year expiration dates. Processing all of those renewals will take some time. What was so special about 2007? That was when a l...

No More Glasses in Passport Photos

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/02/2016, 11:00 AM

As of yesterday, November 1, the State Department will no longer accept passport photos of applicants wearing glasses. You'll have to take them off for your pic, even if you wear them in everyday life. Evidently, specs tend to obscure your face, even as they make the world clearer for the wearer.   In 2015 more than 200,000 passports were delayed because of low-quality photos, and the ...

The Strange Case of the Expired Passport....

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/19/2016, 11:15 PM

There was once a time when Americans traveling to and from Canada could do so with little advance preparation other than a hotel reservation. Almost any form of identification would be sufficient to cross the border into Canada and then later to return to the United States. So it was with upset and anxiety that my wife and I recently learned we might not be able to board a cruise ship leav...

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...

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