NOTTINGHAM, Md. (WJZ) — As vaccinated vacationers ebook the journeys they’ve been dreaming up over the past yr and a half, sluggish passport processing is getting in the way in which. AAA mentioned to start out the passport utility course of far upfront to keep away from suspending and even canceling your getaway.
The State Division mentioned processing a single passport utility is taking longer than 4 months. Even when you pay for expedited service, you gained’t get your passport for a minimum of three months.
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AAA mentioned the processing time is 3 times longer than it was earlier than the pandemic. The State Division mentioned the dramatic delay is as a result of pandemic-related points and excessive demand.
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“At AAA, we’re seeing so many vacationers, typically complete households, being pressured to cancel or postpone their journeys as a result of passport processing has taken longer than they anticipated,” mentioned Micki Dudas, Director, AAA, Leisure Journey. “One of many first questions we at the moment are asking our shoppers is in regards to the passport standing of all vacationers.”
AAA offered the following tips to make sure a hassle-free journey:
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- Verify passport standing of everybody with whom you propose to journey
- Share passport standing info along with your journey advisor
- Guide journey that ensures your return date is a minimum of six months earlier than passport expiration
- Provoke passport processing for:
- New passport candidates
- Passports which have expired or are set to run out inside 6 months of journey
- Passports that require a reputation change
- Go to your nearest AAA workplace in your passport photograph, utility and directions. For extra info, go to AAA Passport Companies.