As of October 3, the State Department estimates eight to eleven weeks for both new passports and renewals, down from 10 to 13 weeks. Expedited service is currently expected within five to seven weeks, decreased from seven to nine weeks.
Not only does the State Department advise travelers to renew a minimum of six months before planned travel, but most countries require visitors’ passports to be valid for six months at the time of travel. Be sure to check the requirements of each specific country since some require validity to be six months from the date of entry and some six months from the date of intended departure.
Delayed wait times are due to a pandemic-induced soar in passport demand. In 2022, the agency processed nearly 22 million passport products, and it expects to exceed that number this year with half a million passports per week, per a State Department spokesperson.
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