Mullin It Over: Be Prepared for Travel

Summer is in full swing and it is also peak travel season. While kids are out of school, many people might take this time to visit a European country or go on a cruise to the Caribbean. Traveling to a foreign country can be a great experience and make many memories for your family. Being prepared before you travel will ensure your trip is enjoyable and safe.

As you make plans for a potential international vacation, you should look up what documents you will need to enter the country, whether it is a passport or visa. If you already have a passport, it should be valid for at least six months after you return home and have two or more blank pages, depending on your destination. Otherwise, some countries may not let you enter. Passports issued for children under age 16 are valid for only five years, not 10 years like adult passports. Be sure to check your passport expiration dates carefully and renew early.

If you have never had a passport before, you should apply several months in advance of planned travel for a new passport. You will need to fill out the form applicable to you, collect supporting documents, get your photo, calculate your fees and submit the application.



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