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Passport Expiring Soon? Renew It Now, State Dept. Says

If you have a United States passport expiring any time in 2016, renew it now.US-Passport-Intro.

The department anticipates a surge in passport demand throughout this year, and officials hope to avoid a crush US-Passport-Introthat could leave some Americans fuming in frustration with no passport in hand on the day they planned to travel outside the country.

Officials are expecting a flood of renewals of 10-year passports issued in 2006 and 2007. The latter was the year when the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative went into effect, for the first time requiring passports for Americans returning by air from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda.

State Department officials say another reason to renew soon is that many countries are now enforcing a requirement for at least six months’ validity on a United States passport. The department has experienced an increase in frantic calls from Americans who were denied entry at foreign airports and borders because their passports had less than six months to go.

Officials said they expected to issue more than 17 million new passports and renewals this year, about 1.5 million more than in 2015.

Original story at the New York Times.

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