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Every traveler loves to see their passport fill up with stamps and visas. But, what happens if you need to add passport pages?
Previously, the standard U.S. Passport came with only 28 pages of which only 17 pages were available for visas and entry/exit stamps.
As of January 1 2016, the U.S. Department of State began issuing new passport books with either 28 pages or 52 pages. If you run out of passport visa pages after January 1 2016, you will need to apply for a passport renewal. As a result, you can no longer add the 24-page visa inserts to your passport.
Insufficient Pages in Your U.S. Passport?
Visas are required by many countries. In other words, a visa is an official government permission to enter, leave, and stay in a country. Visas are stamps or stickers put into your passport pages. If you have insufficient pages in your passport, you will not be able to get visas.
NOTE: You must apply for a passport renewal to have space for new visas and continue traveling internationally.
How to Add Passport Pages to your U.S. Passport
You cannot add visa pages to your U.S. passport after January 1st, 2016. Accordingly, please apply for a Passport Renewal.
Passport Renewal Options: Fast or Slow
At any rate, there are 2 options to renew your U.S. passport.
#1: The Fast Passport Renewal Option
If you have travel plans, then you’ll need to renew your U.S. Passport quickly. You can use a Regional Passport Agency or a U.S. State Department-registered courier service. If so, this service can expedite your visa pages in as little as 24 hours.
#2: The Slow Passport Renewal Option
Finally, the second option is slower but more economical. If you do not have travel plans, then this is the option for you. Simply visit your local passport acceptance facility and:
- Complete the required form.
- Get a passport photo.
- Pay the government fees.
NOTE: Passport processing is usually between 4-6 weeks.