NOTTINGHAM, Maryland (WJZ) – While vaccinated travelers book the trips they’ve dreamed of for a year and a half, the slowness of passport processing is getting in the way. AAA has said to start the passport application process well in advance to avoid postponing or even canceling your getaway.
The State Department said processing a single passport application takes more than four months. Even if you pay for expedited service, you won’t get your passport for at least three months.
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AAA said the processing time is three times longer than before the pandemic. The State Department said the dramatic delay was due to issues with the pandemic and high demand.
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“At AAA, we see so many travelers, sometimes entire families, forced to cancel or postpone their trips because passport processing took longer than expected,” said Micki Dudas, Director, AAA, Leisure Travel . “One of the first questions we ask our customers now is about the passport status of all travelers. “
AAA has provided these tips to ensure a hassle-free trip:
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- Check the passport status of everyone you plan to travel with
- Share passport status information with your travel counselor
- Book travel that ensures your return date is at least six months before the passport expires
- Start passport processing for:
- New passport applicants
- Passports expired or about to expire within 6 months of travel
- Passports requiring a name change
- Visit your nearest AAA office for your passport photo, application, and instructions. For more information, visit AAA Passport Services.