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How to Travel When Passport Is Being Renewed

Posted on 27 December 2018 by (0)

Travelling overseas require that one must have a valid passport. And, this begs the question; can one travel when their passport is being renewed? The general rule is that one cannot travel abroad if their passport is invalid. Whenever you apply for a passport renewal in the US, the authorities invalidate the current one. This means you will have to wait until the new one is issued in order to travel overseas.

Generally, travelling when your passport is under renewal can be very tricky. Below are some pointers to help you get your bearing whenever you find yourself in such a situation.

Know Your Options at the US Embassy or Consulate

Whether you apply for the renewal of your passport before the trip or while on the road, the US embassy or consulate is your only line of defense. Photocopies of passports are never accepted and, one must have a valid original passport in order to travel. After making an application for a new passport with the US embassy, you will be required to wait for about four to six weeks before a new one is issued.

However, there are circumstances whereby you may not have the time to wait for that long. In such cases, the best avenue to pursue is to apply for an expedited passport renewal. If the application is done via mail, it could take between two to three weeks. You can either make the application independently or through an expediting service provider. If you submit the application at a regional passport office, the process can be done in one day.

Renewing your passport through a regional agency or an expediting service is usually the quickest way to get the document finalized and ready for travel. If you are not in a hurry, you can just go through the normal process. Overall, you will not be able to travel internationally during the period when your passport is being renewed.