If you’re thinking of meeting someone overseas, you’ll definitely need a passport to go visit. Depending on where you’re from and where you’re headed, you might not even need a visa to visit (but that’s another post), but you WILL need a valid passport. By “valid passport”, we mean one that hasn’t expired, and won’t expire while you’re overseas.
Here’s a few tips that may help you get going:
Get one before you plan to visit! It can take several days, to a month or more for your application to be processed. Make sure you have plenty of time.
If you’re running short on time, and don’t mind an extra fee- several agencies offer expedited processing.
In many cases, you can start your application online, or at your local post office. Check the bottom of this post for more information.
Be sure to read available information from your country’s official website (Travel.gov for USA, Dfa.gov.ph for PI, etc.). If there’s something you’re not sure about, or need more information about, be sure to contact them directly.
Want to share your experiences with applying for a passport? Let us know!
Here are just a few of the issuing authorities- we haven’t listed them all, but a quick internet search will help you locate the one that’s right for your country.
Gov.uk- Passport information
Passports.gov.au- Information and Online application
Travel.state.gov- USA passport information and application
Department of Foreign Affairs- Philippines Passport information
PS- Never, ever, ever send money to anyone you haven’t met in person. This comes up a lot when passports are mentioned. If someone asks you to pay for their passport or visa application fees, tell them no!
Cherry Blossoms DOES NOT process passport applications,we are not associated with any government agencies, and this blog post is not the same as legal advice. If you need legal advice, please contact an attorney.