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Post-COVID Delays to Passport Processing
Now that many destinations around the world are reopening, and travelers are beginning to feel more comfortable traveling internationally, passport processing wait times are through the roof. The U.S. Department of State says the current normal processing time for new passports is 18 weeks from the time you submit the application, to the time you receive your booklet or card in the mail. Expedited service is available, but still taking about 12 weeks for processing.
Officials recommend that you plan far in advance if you intend to renew or obtain a new passport and apply for renewals by mail when eligible to do so.
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Is your passport valid?
Now is a good time to check your passport and be sure that it is up to date if you intend to travel in the next year.
As a general rule, passports should be valid for at least 6 months after the intended date of travel, but these rules may also vary depending on your destination.
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United Finalizing Its Largest-Ever Narrow-Body Jet Deal
The airline is set to buy more than 200 Airbus SE and Boeing Co. jetlines, one of the largest purchases in its history.
TSA to Resume Defense Training
In response to a surge in incidents involving disruptive or violent passengers, TSA will offer voluntary self-defense training for airline attendants and pilots.
Lufthansa: Service to Munich from Charlotte will restart beginning July 3. The route will fly 3 times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
American Airlines: Beginning on November 6th, the airline will resume twice weekly service to Guadeloupe from Miami. Starting on November 6th, the airline will also operate two flights per week from Miami to Martinique.
Air France: Service from Miami to Guadeloupe will resume on July 13th, operating Tuesdays and Fridays.
Cape Air: On November 20th, the airline will launch service from St. Thomas to Anguilla, with two daily 55-minute round-trip flights.
Now Open in Travel
Spain: Effective immediately, travelers from the U.S. are permitted to enter Spain regardless of vaccinated status with no test or quarantine period required.
Switzerland: As of June 26th, travelers entering from the Schengen area are no longer required to quarantine. Testing will only be required of travelers arriving by plane who have not been vaccinated or who have not recovered from the virus.
Sweden: As of June 30th, Americans are permitted to enter the country for non-essential travel. Travelers must present a negative COVID-19 test conducted within 48 hours prior to arrival.
Ireland: As of July 19th, U.S. travelers are permitted to enter the country without quarantining with proof of vaccination, a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 6 months.
Thailand: As of July 1st, fully vaccinated international tourists traveling to Phuket will no longer need to quarantine.
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