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How many blank pages are needed for visas (I only have 2 pages left)?

by Diane
(Madison, WI USA)

Question: We travel extensively - our passports run out in 2 and 5 years, but we have only 2 blank pages left. How blank pages are necessary?

Answer: It depends on which countries you plan to visit. Some countries require only one blank visa page while countries require more. Some countries require your passport have two (2) to four (4) blank visa/stamp pages. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.

If you have less than 2 to 4 blank visa pages in your passport book, you will need to apply for a renewal. Effective January 1, 2016, The U.S. Department of State no longer issues additional visa pages. This service has been discontinued to enhance the security of U.S. Passports and to adhere to international passport standards.

Renewals can be done by mail and are processed within 4-6 weeks. Use Form DS-82 and send it to the address at the back of the form along with your current passport.

If you need to get the renewal processed more quickly, you will have to apply at a regional passport agency or through a professional expediter. For more information, Click the links below.

Chicago Passport Agency

Renew Passport through Expediter

Note, since you travel frequently, it would be advantageous to apply for the 52-page passport instead of the regular 28 pages for no extra fee.

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