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Why use a passport expediting service?

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Bureaucracy stinks.  Let’s face it.  When you are busy (and after all, who isn’t)–standing in a line for two or more hours only to be turned away because you’ve filled out the wrong form is NOT your idea of a productive day.

Take for example the case of the John C. Kluczynski Federal Building in downtown Chicago, which is where you would go if you were a resident of the greater Chicago area and needed an expedited passport for an emergency trip.  This fine building also just happened to be the location of the office of the president elect Barack Obama.  So, in addition to the regular wait, the additional security makes this place a nightmare. You might as well plan to spend an entire day trying to get your passport approved.

Instead, you can place the task in the hands of a professional passport expediting service.  These folks know exactly which forms and fees to have handy, and more importantly, they have a working relationship with the federal employees who are responsible for issuing your passport.  Instead of standing in line and being searched by security, you can spend your time in your office actually working–and let someone else have the headache.

Next time you have somewhere to go in a fast hurry, don’t waste time!

For more information on passport expediting, contact Swift Passport Services.

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November 18, 2008 at 6:02 pm Leave a comment

Get ready for big changes in 2009!

The travel industry is about to undergo some major changes to the regulations for international travel, beginning in 2009. In fact, it is a good time to start thinking about it now.

1.  Passports will be required for all border crossings.  Yep, that means Canada and Mexico.  Gone are the days of spur-of-the-moment getaways across the border.  If you (and everyone with you) doesn’t have a current, valid passport, it is no going to happen.

2. Tickets to Europe must convey all fees, taxes and additional costs in their initial price quote.  This is partially to serve for consumer protection and to avoid the nasty surprises that many travelers to Europe have reported lately.  Additionally, any options that will incur additional cost to the traveler must be offered up front during the booking, in a clear and unambiguous manner, which will allow the traveler to decide for themselves if they want to opt in.

3. The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is about to become implemented on January 12, 2009.  It is a fully automated system put in place by the Department of Homeland Security and it will pre-screen travelers who wish to visit he US under the Visa Waiver Program.  (The Visa Waiver program allows for citizens of 27 countries to visit the US for up to 90 days without a visa.)

Unfortunately, many of us do not travel internationally frequently enough to pay attention to major changes in regulations and policies.  That’s why it is important to think ahead.  If there is any chance that you might be going over the border, traveling to Europe, or entertaining visitors under the Visa Waiver Program, keep these changes in mind.

October 27, 2008 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment


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