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How long does it take for a US citizen to get their first passport?

If I am a US citizen and I have never had a passport before, how long will it take for me to get one? How early do I need to apply before I plan on going abroad?
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Can I leave the Helsinki airport on a layover, as an American

I have a 24 hr layover in Helsinki. I am traveling in a US passport. Can I leave the airport, check into a hotel, and take a bus into the city?
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Can you travel to Canada by road with an expired US passport?

Is it possible to leave and re-enter the US through the land border with Canada with an expired (US) passport? My passport expired in December and I didn't realize that until now. In addition to the ...
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I live in the United States and I want to drive to Winnipeg Canada

So I'm 21, and my friend, he is 17. We want to travel to Canada for a vacation, this would be an extended vacation of two weeks in Winnipeg. I do not have a passport. What would we need to travel to ...
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Is the reciprocity fee for US citizens only charged if you arrive at Santiago International Airport?

According to the US State Department website (emphasis mine): A Tourist Card will be issued for a stay of up to 90 days upon payment of a reciprocity fee, currently US $160. Currently, the fee is ...
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Documents necessary (and recommended) for first time travel to EU for US Citizen

My fiancée who is an American citizen is travelling to visit me in France. Since I am not an American citizen and am from South Asia, working in France, I have no experience in advising her or ...
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What documents do I need to do a visa run at Thailand/Myanmar border?

I'm having a hard time figuring out what documents I need to provide when I show up at the Burmese border to do a Thai visa run. According to ...
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Which country to leave the Schengen area for 90 days and come back?

Are there particular european countries not in the Schengen Treaty (for example, Serbia, Croatia, Ukraine, etc) that enable a US citizen to stay over for 90 days to "reset" their Schengen visa ...
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South African tourist visa, multiple entry?

I am traveling to South Africa this year on a U.S. passport, and will be taking a safari that leaves South Africa and goes through Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe and then I must return to South Africa ...
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UK visa required or not, for an American on a long-ish trip?

I am an American trying to get a tourist visa but I am confused. The UK visa and immigration says that I do not need a visa for a 180 day (6 month) visit, but the General visa description says that I ...
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American citizen, resident in Israel, getting student visa for France

My family and I (American citizens) have been living in France on tourist visas for the past 87 (88?) days. We plan on staying in France long term. But as you might know, we have to leave the country ...
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Do minor children require a visa if their parents enter Costa Rica on student visas?

I am planning a semester stay in Costa Rica with my family for language school and volunteer work. I think I'm fairly informed about the residency statuses and the mechanics of the 90-day tourist ...
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Singapore extended visit

How long can one stay in Singapore without requiring a work visa or other such accommodation? Could you, for example, sublet an apartment for a summer, or even a year, and have access to insured ...
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How can I find an ATM card usable in Cuba, by a US Citizen?

It is apparently quite easy to enter Cuba (illegally) as a U.S. citizen, by flying from a third country. But according to Wikitravel, it can be tricky using a credit card while there: For ...
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What are the consequences of a US citizen overstaying a Schengen visa?

According to law, what are the consequences of a US citizen overstaying a Schengen visa? In practice, how likely is one to be penalized for overstaying by a day, 10 days, and a month? Are there ...
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Would it be unsafe for an American to go to Moscow right now?

I'm an American, and I'm considering going to Moscow in a month. Would it likely be unsafe for me to do so, considering the current situation with Ukraine?
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US passport validity requirement for flying to Mexico for tourism (7 days)

Mexico isn't listed in many sites (e.g. this) that requires passport with minimum 6 month validity. However many others mention it along with travel.state.gov. Is there an official recommendation from ...
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Is there still reciprocity fee at Chile airport entry for US citizens? (after US Visa waiver)

After US Visa waiver program come into effect, do visitors from USA (US citizens) still have to pay reciprocity fee on entry in Santiago? I am planning to visit Chile in late July of this year.
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Transit visa for an adult and infant (MIA-ZRH-FRA-IKA)

My nationality is Iranian; I hold an Iranian passport, but I am living in the United States and have a green card, too. My baby is American, and she has American and Iranian passports. I have a ...
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Do U.S. citizens need a Russian transit visa?

On a five hour layover in Moscow, changing planes but not airport, would a U.S. citizen need a transit visa?
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I lost my Chilean tourist card! What do I do?

While I was at the Thai embassy this morning, I noticed that I lost my Chile tourist card. I have a sinking feeling that I am in for a long day. What do I do if I've lost my Chile tourist card? ...
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Do I need a transit visa if I have 9 hours of layover at Delhi airport?

I have a valid US passport. I will fly Jet Airways to Delhi airport with 9 hours of layover to change to another Jet Airways Flight to Abu Dhabi. Do I need a transit visa?
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Can a non-US citizen drive my US car in Mexico?

I have a US-registered vehicle in Mexico. An American friend once told me that only other Americans can legally drive a US car in Mexico. That is to say, I cannot legally lend the car to a Mexican ...
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Is my U.S. driver's license valid in Europe?

Can I drive using my U.S. (New York State) license in the European Union (if the answer depends on the country, please answer for Czech Republic)?
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If I enter the USA with dual US/Caribbean Island citizenship and only present my Caribbean passport will they know I am a USA citizen?

I have dual citizenship, USA & a Caribbean island. If I enter the USA with only my Caribbean island passport, will they know I am a USA citizen?
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US citizen has a declined academic UK visa, can they travel to the UK without a visa for tourism?

Backstory US Citizen (and passport holder) applies for an academic (business) visa and is declined on the grounds that they are not on sabbatical leave. However, they are a professor teaching online ...
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Do U.S. citizens have to get a Brazilian visa before leaving the country?

Or can I pick it up in another country among my travels? I'm planning a 6-month trip through South America and am wondering if I can go to the Brazilian consulate in Colombia on my way to Brazil ...
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Renewing my son's US passport in San Francisco

I'm traveling with my son from San Francisco to Europe in a month. He is a US Citizen and has an expired US passport. I have been trying to renew his passport but had no luck getting to one of the ...
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How much hassle will I get flying into the Schengen zone for 7 months with a 3 month visa?

I'm American, and planning to fly into Europe for 7 months. With the Schengen visa, I'll be allowed 90 days out of 180 days in the Schengen zone. That's fine, I understand the rules, how the time ...
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Do US Citizens need transit visas for New Delhi airport?

I am travelling from JFK to KTM via New Delhi, India. My transit time is around 16 hours in New Delhi. Do I have to get transit visa in New Delhi to stay in the airport?
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Are US citizens allowed to fly anywhere outside the 50 states without a passport?

For US citizens, are there any locations outside the 50 US states that don't require a passport to fly to and from?
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Can I use a passport card as ID in a bar?

Can I use my US passport card to get served in a drinking establishment? I do not have a driver's license and don't like carrying my passport around with me.
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Is it culturally acceptable for an American to visit the memorials in Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

The title says it all. Is it culturally acceptable (to the Japanese) for an American to visit the memorials to the victims of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki? I realize that a Japanese ...
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I overstayed my Thai visa! What's going to happen to me?

I got my visa on arrival when I landed at Suvarnabhumi Airport back in February. Somehow, I thought that my visa was valid until 23 March, so I booked my flight out of the country for the 23rd. But ...
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Authorizing someone else for in-person passport renewal

I need my US passport renewed in the next two weeks, but I'm unable to make it in person to a passport office. If I send my documents to a family member, can they apply for an expedited renewal ...
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Is it possible for a U.S. citizen to rent a car in Brazil?

Is it possible for a U.S. citizen to rent a car in Brazil? If so, what are the requirements, from the leasing companies, as well as the transit authority (to drive in Brazil)?
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What's the process to get an Indonesian tourist visa for a US citizen?

I'm in Bangkok at the moment, but according to the stamp in my passport, I'm gonna have to skip soon. I'm thinking I'd like to visit Indonesia to check out the lifestyle entrepreneur scene, but it ...
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Should US citizens get a visa in advance for a one-week trip to Hong Kong?

I'm US Citizen and I'm planing a one week trip to Hong Kong for pleasure. Do I need to get a visa in advance? This site seems to indicate that I do not need to as long as I have a passport that is ...
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Do US citizens need a visa for transit in Frankfurt?

I am a US citizen. I have a transit in Frankfurt for 12 and half hours. I will fly from Detroit to Frankfurt then to Amman, Jordan. I was planning to stay at the airport hotel, but I was wondering ...
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Is a stopover in Havana a problem for a U.S. citizen?

I'm looking at flights from Mexico City to Paris, and the cheapest option has a single stop in Havana, Cuba. As a U.S. citizen, can this get me into trouble--specifically when returning to the U.S.? ...
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What docs to show if I'm a US citizen with no US passport (but with another non-US passport) to re-enter the US

Suppose I am a naturalized citizen of the US, but also a citizen of another country, "XYZ". I then boarded a plane and left the US to another country (maybe not necessarily to XYZ), without first ...
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How long does it take to get a tourist visa for Thailand in Chile?

I'm planning to request my tourist visa for Thailand from the embassy here in Santiago, Chile. However, my flight leaves mid next week, and I'm concerned that – even if I show up first thing tomorrow ...
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Using emergency US passport to leave/enter UK while UKBA is reviewing my visa

I am a US expat living in the UK. I am currently renewing my UK visa, but I need to travel during the process. The US London Embassy says If your current U.S. passport is being held by the UK ...
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Can I renew my US passport by mail while I'm outside the country?

I'm sure this is a pretty unique situation I've gotten myself into, and it's certainly complicated. I'm not sure what I should be doing. I came to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in May of 2013. I got a ...
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Visiting the UK for 90 days - what are the visa/passport requirements?

My boyfriend is going to be staying with me for 90 days. He lives in the USA and I live in the UK. What does he need to do before travelling? Does he just need a valid passport? I know that when ...
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Are Americans popular in the Philippines? [closed]

I know that the U.S. and Philippines have a long history together. We were allies in WW2. But these days, what is the average Filipino perception and disposition towards U.S. civilians? Also, what ...
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Do both parents need to apply for a US passport for minors?

So, I have a timeshare in Cancun, and I want to take my two children, both underage minors. Obviously, they are going to need to have passports. Their mother and I are separated, but not yet ...
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Will using a Mexican debit card in Cuba get me in trouble in the US?

I'm a US Citizen with Mexican residency. If I were to open a Mexican bank account, could I use my Mexican debit card in Cuba? Or would this somehow be traceable back to me when I re-enter the US, and ...
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Why does US Customs & Immigration ask the purpose of my trip when I'm returning home?

As a US citizen, when I re-enter the US, I am often asked where I was, how long I was there, and the reason for my visit. Why am I asked these things? Am I required to answer? Don't I have a legal ...
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How long does it take to renew a US passport?

For US citizens living in the United States, how long does it typically take (from start to finish) to renew a US passport? If the expedited fee is paid, how fast can it be done?