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Should you keep your passport current-The answer to that question is a qualified Yes!   By 2018, many states will not accept a state i.d. as valid identification for flying, and a passport is a great option to use instead.

With the fall travel heating up and holiday travel time fast approaching, make sure that you have all of your documents in place to be able to travel is vital. If your passport is expired 

If your passport is expired it can put the brakes on your travel plans.

During busy travel periods, the processing time for passports and visas take even more time than usual. The standard time for processing passports is approximately 4 to 6 weeks.

However, in the busier travel seasons, it goes up to between 7 to 8 weeks. If you are traveling somewhere that is usually a popular vacation spot or is really popular for a certain reason the time could go up even more. That’s why outsourcing the acquisition of your passport is a great idea.

 An example: in 2014 the world cup was in Brazil and this made Brazil seriously overrun with travelers and hence longer processing times. For the 2016 Olympics, Brazil waived the  visa requirement, but not the passport. 

Another reason to keep that Passport Current

 The state department strongly suggests that you don’t wait till the last minute to renew your passport. There are countries that will deny access to people that have less than 6 months left before their passport expires. So keep that in mind and make sure you check your documents. You can and should check out the country that you are planning to and you can get your destination country information at the State Departments page here.

If You Get Caught Short with Your Passport

 So you check your documents and you find that your passport is expired or just plain lost. Or you check your travel destination and find your passport is due to expire within the time frame that makes your destination country a no go. You also don’t have the time or don’t want to wait 4 to 6 weeks or more for your passport. What do you do? That’s where we come in.

Texas Tower can expedite your passport same day or within 24 hours. Additionally, they can answer any of your questions personally and you get the personal touch of having experienced people to help you through what can sometimes be a stressful situation. Just go to Texas Tower Passports and get started.

In an effort to speed travelers that want to get through customs quicker has the opportunity to try a new app, operational for Sea-Tac airport. This app lets travelers give passport details and  declaration form  to U.S. Customs and Border Protection before they arrival. Considering Sea Tac can sometimes have very lengthy lines this helps travelers navigate the airport’s International Arrivals faster.

Mobile Passport Control is the apps name and is available to be used by U.S. and Canadian citizens. Another key point to the app is that it is free from Google Play or Apple’s app store.

Sea-Tac Airport is notorious for being swamped with international travelers,  with endured waits of  hours at passport control. Officials said international long-haul traffic at Sea-Tac has short up to about 80 percent since 2009, and all international passenger traffic is way up over 45 percent for that period.

The Mobile Passport Control app is easy to use:

•Download the Mobile Passport Control App from your choice of the Apple App Store or Google Play Store before arriving.

•Using your passport information Create a profile

•Fill in the “New Trip” section as you arrive in the United States

•Enter your customs declaration form via the app and get an electronic receipt which has an Encrypted Quick Response (QR) code.

•Submit your passport and smartphone or tablet with your digital bar-coded receipt to a CBP officer.

The Mobile Passport Control app  is already being utilized by two other airports, Miami International Airport and at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.  Customs and Border Protection hopes to expand usage of the Moblie Passport app to more U.S. airports by spring, with an ultimate goal of 20 airports with high-volume international travel using it by the end of 2016.

The Texas Tower passport services and visa services blog is dedicated to educating both professional travelers as well as the novice traveler on what is needed to travel to anywhere their heart desires. Keep checking back here at regular intervals to learn more about this. We are going to regularly have updated news on the travel industry. There will be educational as well as entertaining content from around the United States as well as the world.

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