All faculty, staff, and students traveling abroad will need a valid passport.
Note: Beginning November 1, 2016, customers applying for their U.S. passport or U.S visa or renewing their U.S. passport must remove glasses for their photo.
A passport book is an essential item for travel, as it allows you to prove citizenship and enter and exit countries.
The College also requires parents/guardians of students to have a valid passport for the period of time the student is abroad. In the unlikely event of an emergency, parents/guardians need to be prepared to travel abroad as quickly as possible.
Processing for passport applications can take as long as four to six weeks, so travelers are strongly encouraged to apply early. If you need your passport sooner, you may need to pay for expedited processing.
If you already have a passport, make sure your name is correct, and that the expiration date is over six months after your date of return. If your passport expires before this allotted time, you must apply for a renewal. You will need to apply as a first time applicant if your passport was issued to you before the age of 16.
For the most up-to-date information on passports, to apply for a passport, or to check on the status of a current passport application, visit travel.state.gov/passport.
Under special circumstances, U.S. citizens who will be traveling during the time that they need to obtain a visa may apply for a second passport, known as a Duplicate Passport. These duplicate passports are typically valid for 1-2 years. This might be a solution to those traveling to two countries requiring a visa. For example, Haverford students who are abroad for the summer, and will be studying abroad in a different location for the fall.
Obtaining a second passport requires a current passport, a photocopy of driver’s license, two passport photos, proof of travel (computer-generated itinerary showing departure from the U.S.), an authorization letter, a letter of request (handwritten, explaining reason for second passport request), government fees ($170), and a passport application.
The U.S. Department of State will no longer add visa pages into U.S. passports beginning January 1, 2016. Previously, U.S. passport holders had the option to pay for the insertion of additional 24-page visa inserts when valid passports lacked adequate space for entry or exit visa stamps. The decision to discontinue this service was made to enhance the security of the passport and to abide by international passport standards.
To mitigate the impact on frequent travelers, the Department began issuing 52 page passports to all applicants outside the United States starting October 1, 2014 for no additional cost. Applicants within the United States may choose a 28 page or 52 page book.
Requests for additional 24-page visa inserts will only be accepted until December 31, 2015. Beginning January 1, 2016, applicants in need of additional pages in their valid passports must obtain a new passport by mail.
For more information on how or where to apply, please visit travel.state.gov/applyearly or call the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778 or 1-888-874-7793 (TTY/TTD).