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Department of State Eliminates the Addition of Passport Pages

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Today, Steve Gempeler and Peter Gulas at Allied Passport & Visa tip us off to some changes regarding adding passport pages and new changes to Egypt Visa Requirements.

Starting December 31, 2015, pages will not be able to be added to a U.S. passport. If after that date you have no more visa pages you must renew your passport. All passports issued after December 31, 2015, will be issued with 52 pages – the jumbo book.

Anyone wanting to have pages added to their passport without renewing should do it before December 31, 2015. Allied will have a cut-off date of December 18th, 2015 meaning anyone wanting pages added to their passport must have their documents to us before that date.

Changes to Egypt Visa Requirements

Whenever traveling abroad it is imperative to read over the US Department of State Travel website. From this website you can visit information on any country in the world. Click a country on State’s new interactive map and review the Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements section. This section will reveal everything from if a visa is required, how to obtain, how many blank passport pages are needed to enter and any additional requirements for entry or exit that is country specific.

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Egypt now requires visitor’s to obtain visas in advance at their local consulate. Egyptian consulates in the US tend to enforce jurisdiction to make sure when applying you submit your documents to the correct location.

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Here’s the new visa before arrival rule for Egypt written by the State Department:

A passport and visa are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Egypt. All Visitors to Egypt are required to attain a Visa from an Egyptian Consulate except for tourist groups travelling with and sponsored by Egyptian Tour operators. Egyptian immigration officials occasionally have denied entry to travelers without explanation. U.S. citizens who have experienced difficulty with their visa status in Egypt or are concerned about their eligibility for a visa upon arrival should apply for a visa at an Egyptian embassy or consulate prior to travel. Visas for gainful employment or study in Egypt must be obtained prior to travel.

If you have any questions regarding adding pages to your USA passport, USA passport renewals, or the new Egyptian visa rules feel free to contact our friends at Allied Passport & Visa at orders@alliedpassport.com and if you do use them be sure to mention The Points Guy on your Allied Order form to receive a $5 discount on your order.

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