Passport Alert

July 15 2010 by Chris McGinnis

iStock_000000477951XSmall.jpgWith the strengthening U.S. dollar and seemingly limitless opportunities for international expansion, an increasing number of business travelers are heading overseas in search of new opportunities.

If you've got international travel in your plans--or if your passport is about to expire--here's a way to save a few bucks, but you've got to act fast.

NEW PASSPORTS: On July 13, the U.S. Department of State will raise the fee for a new passport to $135 from the current $100. You can apply for a passport at many post offices, clerks of court, public libraries and other state, county, township and municipal government offices. Here's how to find the office closest to you.

RENEWALS: The fee for passport renewals will rise to $110 from the current $75 on July 13. (Have you checked the expiration date on your passport lately?) If your most recent passport is undamaged, it's probably easiest to renew it by mail.

RECENT CHANGES: Over the last few years, the U.S. government has been implementing the new "Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative" which is changing documentation requirements for U.S. citizens. Here's what's new:

  • First, you must now carry a valid U.S. passport when returning BY AIR to the U.S. from ANY international location--including Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

  • U.S. citizens returning to the U.S. by sea (cruise ship, ferry, etc) or by land (car, bus, train, etc.) must now carry a U.S. passport OR a less expensive, but more limited Passport "Card."

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