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Before you go global.
Obtaining a passport is necessary for global mission trips but it is also an investment in your travel future. The US government is now requiring passports to visit Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, as well as most countries around the globe. One of the perks of having a US passport is that it now becomes your most official form of identification and is accepted worldwide.
First Time Applicants
If you are applying for a US passport for the first time, you’ll need to apply in person. Passports usually take at 6-8 weeks for delivery, so allow plenty of lead time to receive your passport. If you currently have a passport, please check to make sure that it is valid for 6 months beyond the date of your return from the country you'll be visiting on your mission trip. If it is not, you will need to renew your passport prior to your trip.
You must have your passport, at least, 4 months before your trip departure, unless informed otherwise. As well, make sure there are two blank pages in your passport for visas and immigration stamps.
A valid passport is required. Do Not delay in applying for one/getting it renewed. Forms can be obtained at your local post office. Visit the United States government website for more details and locations to obtain your passport at https://travel.state.gov. If time is short, we recommend that you expedite the application process. This will cost a bit more but is worth the peace-of-mind.
Check with your team lead regarding making photo copies of your passport.