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10/24/2011 | 11:13 PM | Posted by Chris Winters
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Passports. How do you obtain a passport and what are the procedures for getting one?

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Posted by: Yay Travel | 10/25/2011 | 10:02 AM

Each country has a department that issues passports. For example, in the United States one would need to go to the State Department, in South Africa to the Department of Home Affairs, to the Home Office in the UK and the Immigration and Check Points Authority if one lives in Singapore. You should do an online search to find out what the name of the department in your country that issues passports.

While each country has slightly different rules, all have a lot in common when applying for a passport. You will need to arrive with at least four passport photos, which you can usually get from a photo shop at a mall or even outside the offices of the relevant government department. Make sure you tell the people who take your photos that you specifically want passport photos as there are very specific requirements for these, in terms of size and colour (some countries insist that all passport photos be in colour).

At the department itself, you will need to complete one or more forms, giving your personal details, including any national identity number you may already have. You will also need to pay a fee, which varies from country to country, so that your application can be processed. Depending on the country, you might wait three months for your passport, so make sure you apply for one months before your first trip. Remember to collect your passport as soon as you have been advised it is ready, otherwise it may be destroyed. In the event that you were told at the last minute you were going on a business trip, for example, you can apply for an emergency passport. This can be issued within a few days or less but you will pay a premium for this.

If you plan to travel abroad many times a year, you might want to apply for a passport that has a lot of extra pages to accommodate all the stamps from immigration officials of different countries.

Once you have your passport, you will not need to apply for a new one for some time as passports are valid for several years. For additional information about applying for a passport in a specific country, visit and search for the name of your country followed by the word passport, e.g. United States passport.

Posted by: Margarita | 03/20/2012 | 07:59 AM

You can get your password in your home country. it's a quite easy procedure in comparison to getting a visa, when planning your trip, Go on-line to the embasassies of the countries you are planning to travel and check their requirements, make sure you collect all the documentation asked for before you apply, give yourself plenty and good luck

Posted by: Charlie | 03/20/2012 | 08:14 AM

According to United States Department of State, a passport is "a document that that is issued to a citizen of a country by the government. It’s purpose is to allow that person to travel internationally and to be able to re-enter the country afterward". Almost every country. Almost every country issues passports to it’s citizens for the purpose of travel. it's an international ID and requirements vary from country to country.

Posted by: Angela | 03/20/2012 | 08:22 AM

Depends on your country requirements but usually comes to similar documents What You’ll Need 1. Filled in Passport application form. 2. Two photographs of yourself, identical, taken within the last six months, full color, frontal with a white or off-white background, and some other specifications. 3.Fees 4. Proof of ID 5. Proof of address