Announcements : Addition of Passport VISA Pages No Longer Allowed
Announcement: Addition of Passport VISA Pages No Longer Allowed
As of January 1, 2016, US passport holders must now renew when VISA pages are fullIn the past, U.S. passport holders had the option to pay for the insertion of additional 24-page visa inserts when valid passports lacked adequate space for entry or exit visa stamps. Beginning January 1, 2016, the State Department no longer allows these insertions in US passports. The decision to discontinue this service was made to enhance the security of the passport and to abide by international passport standards. You can read the full announcement online at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/news/visa-pages-no-longer-issued.html
Tips for Travelers:
- Check your host country's requirements, often border agents will require that you have at least one if not more blank VISA pages in your passport upon arrival.
- If you have to renew, be sure to mark '52-page' booklet at the top of the form. The State Department continues to issue the regular size 28-page booklet if it is not marked. There is no added cost for requesting the larger size booklet and it offers more visa pages.
- Check your entry visas in the old passport, some countries will honor the visa they granted in an expired or cancelled passport. You may have to travel with both the old and new passport but that is far less trouble than having to apply for another visa in the new booklet.
- Keep your cancelled passport! Often host countries will ask for details from previous passport booklets so it's always a good idea to keep it with your personal records.