Posted by: adventuressetravels | December 29, 2012

Passport filling up? Get extra pages

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The two newer-looking inserts in the middle of the passport booklet are the additional pages

It seems like there are more and more hoops to jump through for international travel.  More people are traveling abroad and governments are capitalizing on it .  To add new pages to your passport it is $82.  Adding 12 or 24 pieces of paper, a process that takes at most 15 minutes, is eighty two dollars.   This fee is payable by cash or credit card.  It used to be free.   In Bratislava, Slovakia all I had to do was walk into the embassy and 20 minutes later I had new pages in my passport.  That was in 2007.

I got a new passport in 2011.  Unfortunately travel in Asia eats up passport pages, filling them with visas and stamps.  In less than a year I was already running out of pages in my new passport.  It was only then I had my rude awakening: the laws had changed.  Now to get new pages in your passport was $82 and you couldn’t merely walk in to the embassy.  To get pages you need to make an appointment online.

The whole process is reasonably simple:

1) Apply online at this site:

http://travel.state.gov/passport/forms/ds4085/ds4085_2662.html

2) Print out and fill out the online form.  They generally do have forms at the consulate or embassy but it’s recommended to have a form filled out in advance.

3) Bring US dollars or pay with a visa credit card. 

** Remember to check the box that you want to add 48 pages to your passport.  It is the same price and just makes sense.

One thing I wish I had known before applying for my new passport.  Is that it is possible to get additional pages in your passport when you first get it at no additional cost.  By doing this you can avoid, or at least postpone going to the embassy for additional pages.

Happy travels!

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  1. Happy New Year!!!

  2. […] Cross had to stay in Bali an extra day for the captain, Steve, to get new pages in his passport.  A quick flight to another island and the pages were sorted.  Still, it put us […]


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