Kinderreisepässe & Travel to the U.S.

On June 20, 2011, in Berlin, Frankfurt, Main, by For the People

With the summer travel season upon us, we’d like to remind you that German citizen children in possession of children’s passports (Kinderreisepass) issued after October 25, 2006 and all children’s ID (Kinderausweis) are not valid for visa free travel [...]

The Lowdown on U.S. Passport Cards

On February 9, 2011, in Main, by For the People

Passport CardThe U.S. passport card, a less-expensive and more portable alternative to the passport book, is proof of identity and U.S. citizenship. This travel document offers a convenient way for American citizens to re-enter the United States through land and sea ports of entry from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. But beware, the card is not valid for air travel of any kind or for travel within Europe and IS NOT a globally recognized travel document!

When outside the United States, the passport card can be used as valid citizenship identification. And because it’s about the size of a credit card, it fits perfectly inside a wallet for easy carrying.

Adults who currently have valid U.S. passports may apply for the passport card. Visit our website to learn how to apply.

Situation in Egypt

On January 31, 2011, in Alerts and Warnings, Main, by For the People

For up-to-date consular information on the Situation in Egypt, including the current State Department travel warning, visit’s direct page here:

For specific information for U.S. citizens wishing to depart Egypt on U.S. government-chartered transportation, click here:

To continue monitoring this situation, check regularly or follow the State Department on Twitter @TravelGov or @StateDept.

Have Passport, Will Travel?

On January 25, 2011, in Main, by For the People

Have passport, Will travel?Make sure you have room for those entry stamps! Many countries require two to three available visa pages. Others require that your passport not expire for at least six months from your planned entry. Still others require American citizens to apply for a visa before reaching their border. Plus, many countries limit the length of time Americans are allowed to stay in a country as a tourist to a couple of weeks or months. How can you know what the requirements or regulations are? Before traveling, always visit to learn about country specific requirements. [...]