Going Abroad? Get Your Passport on Passport Day

Posted by Navdeep Aujla
September 16, 2011
People Outside Washington D.C. Passport Office

Winter travelers, spring break planners, day trippers to Toronto, and even those planning on attending the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, crack open your passport book for the third annual "Passport Day in the USA" on Saturday, September 17. On Passport Day you can travel to the nearest passport agency or acceptance facility and apply right away.

Although U.S. passport books and passport cards for adults are valid for 10 years, check the expiration date. Some countries require your passport to be valid for up to six months beyond the date of your stay.

Without the proper validity, you may not be able to board the plane or could even risk being denied entry into the country. To avoid any last minute headaches, confirm that the kids are also ready to go. Passports for children under the age of sixteen expire after five years.

Passport Day in the USA makes it easy to apply for a passport. No appointment is necessary, and both routine and expedited processing services will be available. Visit travel.state.gov to find an agency or participating passport acceptance facility near you, or call the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778 or TDD/TTY at 1-888-874-7793.

Editor's Note: This entry first appeared on the USA.gov Blog.Related Content: Celebrate Passport Day in the USA on September 17



Abdullateef b.
September 19, 2011

Abdullateef I.B. in Nigeria writes:

i just want to ask if i may get scholarship to study in the U.S.A,and if possible,please help me.

DipNote B.
District Of Columbia, USA
September 29, 2011

DipNote Bloggers reply:

@ Abdullateef I.B. in Nigeria –

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors a number of international exchange programs. You can find a list of these exchange programs here.

We recommend that you visit the EducationUSA website, where you will find information for international students interested in studying abroad in the United States.

We also encourage you to learn about student visas here.

Thank you for your comment and your interest in studying in the United States!


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