Before I interrupted what was becoming a lengthy post last week, I was giving you the first 3 of 6 tips and facts about your passport that might surprise— or apply—to you, to help keep you out of trouble with your passport. These are the last 3 of those 6 tips and facts.
Seriously, I can’t think of ANYTHING worse than being all excited and set for my trip, arriving at the airport or country I plan to visit, handing my passport to the official, all ready to go… and then being DENIED flight boarding or entry because of something I never even thought of, can you? So, if you didn’t read my first post last week, be sure to go back and get the first 3 passport tips and facts to help you stay ready, set, go for travel.
4. Normal wear and tear on your passport is okay and expected if you are actually using it, but if your passport is really damaged, especially the cover or pages with your photo and personal info, or has unofficial marks on your data page (thanks to your child’s creative portrait with those crayons), torn out pages (thank you my faithful dog companion), etc., you’re going to need a new passport.
5. If you’ve gained or lost a lot of weight (I’d like to be on the lost weight side) so that you look radically different from your photo, you’ll need a new passport. The same is true if you’ve added (or removed) tattoos or piercings on your face, or had facial trauma or cosmetic surgery (it would be awful to be looking great for my trip but unable to go!).
6. When you apply for a passport, your photo needs to be current within 6 months, and, well, actually look like you! Though it may be tempting, no glamour shots, please! The image also has to have a neutral expression, no squints or exaggerated expressions are allowed (hmm, that might be tough with some teens). The photo also cannot have a uniform or any attire which looks like a uniform.
So, now you’ll know when you might need a new passport.
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