Whether you’re planning a tropical vacation or a European getaway, it’s imperative to plan ahead for a smooth travel experience. Check these travel pro tips off your list before jet-setting.
As of Feb. 6, the routine US passport processing time is eight to 11 weeks. Here’s what you need to know:
- New passports: First time passport applications must be processed in-person. Pro tip: Find a location and fill out your application form ahead of time.
- Passport renewal: On Feb. 7, the online renewal process temporarily paused services for new customers. However, travelers can renew by mail with all required credentials.
Bonus: Check out this passport checklist to be extra prepared.
Additional travel information
ICYMI: The REAL ID deadline was pushed back to May 7, 2025. In 2025, flyers will need the REAL ID to board commercial flights in the US.
Pro tip: Some destinations still have COVID-19 related travel restrictions such as testing and quarantine requirements. Make sure to check directly with your airline and destination before traveling.
Travel series: Learn to travel like a pro with Wake County Public Libraries’ virtual Travel Smart series. Rick Steves will kick off the program today, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Register for free.
Bonus: Use our RDU airport guide to navigate gates, food, and more.