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Ready for an all-inclusive getaway? You're in luck because you've come to the perfect place! However, before we get to the good stuff, you need to make sure your passport is up to date and ready to go. Here are some tips to make your application process a breeze.

Fun Fact: If you're a U.S. citizen, no need to worry about packing your passport for a trip to Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands!

How to Get It

If you're a first-time passport applicant, applying for a child under 16, your previous passport was lost, stolen, damaged, issued when you were under 16, or more than 15 years ago, you'll have to apply in person. Otherwise, you can apply by mail. Even if you've recently changed your name, as long as you've got the proper documents and your current passport, you can renew by mail!

When to Get It

You don’t want to procrastinate when it comes to getting your little blue book. Whether it's your first time applying or just a renewal, the sooner you get it done, the better! Some countries require your passport to remain valid for up to 3-6 months beyond the dates of your trip, meaning they won't allow you to enter the country, even if it's technically not expired. So, be on the safe side and make sure everything is up-to-date well in advance!

What You Need

The U.S. Department of State's website is your one-stop-shop for the latest information, but here are a few pointers to help get you started:

•Make sure you're filling out the correct form! If you're applying in person, you will need to fill out Form DS-11, but if you're mailing in your application, fill out Form DS-82.
•Every facility has its specific guidelines. It is best to call the facility beforehand to verify their appointment requirements and office hours.
•Whether you're applying in person or through mail, personal checks or money orders are the only accepted payment methods. 
•Timing is key. It currently takes 7-10 weeks to receive your passport, and expedited processing times take 3-5 weeks for those who need it sooner. Expedited services come with an extra $60 fee.

Now that we’ve talked passports, it's time to plan the vacation of your dreams with BeachBound!

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