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Starting in January of 2016, the US State Department eliminated the option of adding pages to your passport. For those of us that travel a considerable amount, this was a big deal. Currently you have the option of ordering two different passport sizes, the regular 28 page and the jumbo 52 page version. Can you get a 2nd passport? The simple answer is yes, but not because you filled up those pages early. Let’s check out when you are allowed to get a 2nd passport, and what you need to do if you’ve filled up your current passport
1) Filled up your pages? You can renew early.
If you’re filling up your passport prior to expiration, you will need to apply to renew your passport. In fact, you’re at risk of denied entry if you arrive and there is no space in your passport. Immigration officers need to be able to clearly identify stamps from their own country. You need to fill out at DS-82 form, and when you do so, there will be an option for the larger 52 page version. Check it, you’re a mega traveler, and this will keep your passport valid for a longer period of time.
2) Traveling when you need to mail in your passport for a different visa. Get a 2nd passport
Let’s say you need to apply for a Russian Visa. This requires you mail in your current passport. But, what happens if you’re traveling to Japan during that same time period? Well…there is a work around.
You can apply for a 2nd passport. It will be valid for 2 years, and can be held concurrently.
In this situation you’ll fill out the DS-82 mentioned above and also attach the following:
- Second passport letter of request that explains the specific reason you need a 2nd passport. It must be addressed to the US State Department and signed by the applicant.
- You need to attach your itinerary that proves your request
3) If you’re traveling to a country that doesn’t permit people who have traveled to other countries. Get a 2nd Passport.
Israel is the classic example in this scenario. There are countries that have a reputation for rejecting travelers with an Israeli passport stamp. In a similar situation, you can apply in the same manner as #2 and in the letter of explanation give the reason as such.
Hope this helps!
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