This spring, I'll be flying from the continental US to St. Thomas with my small kids to join my parents on their sailboat. I know that we don't need passports to fly into the US Virgin Islands, but that we would need them if we wanted to sail to the British Virgin Islands. My kids don't have passports yet. Because of the expense of a full passport, I am considering getting them passport cards instead. The government website suggests that this is one potential use case of the passport card, but I haven't read accounts of people doing it. I asked my parents what their fellow cruisers know, but didn't get much info. Have you done this? How was it?
posted by linettasky
on Feb 9, 2014 -
Technically I have dual Canadian/US citizenship as my father was a US citizen living in Canada when I was born. I had a passport in the mid-1980s as a small child, but it's long gone now. Who should I talk to about getting another one? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by jess
on Oct 10, 2013 -
My husband was born in the US and moved back to Canada as a baby with his Canadian parents. Apparently he received a proof of citizenship card when he was a teen but now it is lost. I understand that he will need this to apply for a Canadian passport. His sister is getting married in January in Mexico, where he will be in the wedding party. We have applied for the replacement citizenship card already about a month ago but have gotten no confirmation so far, and I just read on the website that it will take 6 months. This is not enough time to get it and the passport before mid January. Now we are panicked. Is there anything else we can do? Can he apply for an American passport instead in order to travel to Mexico? He has dual citizenship since he has an American birth certificate. Thanks
posted by photoexplorer
on Sep 21, 2013 -
Despite my best efforts I am running out of time to get my passport processed before travel at the end of this month (Aug 25). After run-ins with with multiple confused passport acceptance agents and many phone calls I am afraid this is an unknown-unknowns situation and I need help! Kafkaesque (ok maybe not quite) bureaucracy within: [more inside]
posted by velebita
on Aug 1, 2013 -
I am traveling to Shanghai for two weeks soon (Feb. 20th). In one of my finer moments, I completely forgot about the visa until this weekend. I have all the necessary documents but I need a visa ASAP and the embassy is closed on Monday and Tuesday. I'll be using a visa service since I really have no idea what I'm doing but is it possible to still get my passport back in time for my flight?
posted by Loto
on Feb 10, 2013 -
I'm flying next week. My only forms of photo ID are a temporary driver's license and an expired passport. Will the TSA accept these? If I have to go through additional screening, what should I expect? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby
on Nov 15, 2012 -
Asking for friend: Chinese passport with US Visa expiring in less than six months, will we get trouble crossing the border from Canada to US for a trip? [more inside]
posted by cyml
on Mar 10, 2012 -
urgent: where in Cambridge MA can I get inexpensive instant passport-sized photos according to Canadian visa specifications? [more inside]
posted by idlethink
on Jan 31, 2012 -
US passport / stamp filter: What is the policy for stamping US passports upon arrival back in the US? I've had inconsistent experiences with this. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque
on Jan 9, 2012 -
Which is the best way to certify a copy of my UK passport in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by Bwithh
on Oct 31, 2011 -
Do very young children (she's 20 months) need--as in absolutely required, not simply 'discretionary,' 'recommended,' or 'helpful'--any sort of identification in order to board a domestic U.S. flight and fly in a parent's lap? [more inside]
posted by resurrexit
on Aug 31, 2011 -
Will I have a problem crossing the US/Canadian border if I'm in the middle of a name change and my passport has my old name while my SSN card and driver's license have my new name? [more inside]
posted by kthxbi
on Aug 30, 2011 -
I am fixing to renew my US passport, and want to know if I should mail it in, or if I have to renew it in person. I'm concerned about what level of damage is unacceptable to the U.S. State Department. [more inside]
posted by baniak
on Aug 15, 2011 -
What has your experience been with regaining US Citizenship after voluntarily renouncing it? Wiki and word of mouth says previous citizens would be welcome...mostly... [more inside]
posted by talljamal
on Jul 20, 2011 -
Will my passport get renewed at the US Embassy in Tokyo even if the federal government shuts down? [more inside]
posted by ameca
on Apr 8, 2011 -
Passport emergency - My sister's passport seems to have gotten lost in the mail, and she needs to get a new one immediately - like, within the next day, or on Saturday. What companies/businesses do you know about that are reliable that will do this service for her? [more inside]
posted by jabronimus
on Feb 24, 2011 -
Is this something I should call the State Department about or is it just a tempest in a teapot?
I just got my renewed passport. In the back, where it plainly says to write in pencil, I wrote the wrong name
in pen. I'm thinking I can't white it out (or whatever the 21st century equivalent is) because that would raise all sorts of red flags at customs. It would, right?? And what about just crossing out the wrong name and inserting the right one, in pencil, above?
Anyone have any experience in this? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl
on Feb 23, 2011 -
Is it easy to get a renewal of a British passport in one day? Looking for people with experiences and tips! [more inside]
posted by Bwithh
on Dec 18, 2010 -
Do to a family medical emergency, my wife and I are probably going to be renting a car and driving from Philadelphia to Toronto tomorrow night. We are both Canadians living in the US on temporary NAFTA visas. Fun complication: Our daughter is four months old and is an American citizen with an American birth certificate. We haven't yet gotten her a passport or applied for her Canadian citizenship.
Should we expect to have any difficulty crossing the border with her, in either direction? Is there anything we can get in the next 24 hours to make things go more smoothly?
posted by 256
on Jul 29, 2010 -
My (German) boyfriend and my(American) self will be going through passport control upon arrival in Chicago (O'Hare). Can we go through the same line? [more inside]
posted by monkey!knife!fight!
on Apr 7, 2010 -
Hellllllp !No passports. Quick getaway to a sunny, quiet beach for a frazzled, stressed, tired 50's couple next week. [more inside]
posted by jara1953
on Dec 21, 2009 -
UKPassportFilter: I have a passport from 1988 which has expired, but which I want to keep. Should I declare it on the form for my new passport application, or just keep quiet and hope it goes unnoticed? [more inside]
posted by BrokenEnglish
on Dec 9, 2009 -
Should I try to overcome a series of practical obstacles so I can fly to the funeral of a longtime friend? Or just send regrets? [more inside]
posted by vickyverky
on Oct 26, 2009 -
I'm heading off to Paris for four days, and I'm starting to get a bit nervous that I'll forget something important. I've never been to Paris, and I haven't been to Europe for fifteen years. I'll be staying by myself in a hotel in Arondissement 7.
I'm wondering if you can help me out with any last-minute tips or things I'm likely to have forgotten. [more inside]
posted by cider
on Oct 9, 2009 -
I messed up big time here...I have my passport and ticket ready to fly to China on September 15th.
I do not have a visa. [more inside]
posted by dawson
on Aug 19, 2009 -
Passport Question: My wife and I were married in May. All of her documents now reflect her name change, with the exception of her passport, which still bears her maiden name. Will we experience any difficulties at customs while traveling abroad in July? Will it be sufficient to come armed with our marriage certificate to prove she is who she claims to be? Thanks!
posted by jackypaper
on Jun 22, 2009 -
I have jumped on an opportunity to take a vacation on the sunny beaches of Australia (insert mixup of seasons joke here). I am leaving in three weeks, and staying for six. However, I have run into a problem: my American passport expires two weeks before I return (though after I leave). [more inside]
posted by alexei
on Apr 7, 2009 -
My Irish friend's wife is a US citizen but has not yet obtained an American passport. She does have her citizenship papers. They will be traveling to Ireland (she has an Irish passport) and back to the US in April. Will she need a Visa or an American passport to return to the US?
posted by elle.jeezy
on Mar 12, 2009 -
Could someone with a US Passport handy please help me with a quick question about the date of issue and expiration? [more inside]
posted by i love cheese
on Mar 5, 2009 -
How do I travel from the UK to the US as a US citizen if I don't have a passport or a valid driver's license? [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan
on Nov 13, 2008 -