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How to Get a Passport:

Passports are required for all persons traveling to any destination not considered US territory. So that means kids and babies too. Also, it's just good to have one. You’ll need to apply in person if you are applying for a U.S. passport for the first time. Make sure to check Covid requirements before showing up. Appointments may be necessary. Certain post offices have a passport application office. I am providing basic information for more details you must visit the federal passport website or a passport processing location http://travel.state.gov/passport/

 

Make sure to purchase a passport photo or you can take your own. Rates are subject to change. Check with vendors directly for current fees:

  • Drug stores example: CVS, Walgreens, etc.

  • CostCo - must have membership

  • AAA – check fees, FREE for Plus & Premier members

  • Popular apps: ID PhotoPrint, Passport Photo Booth

  • Websites: epassportphoto.com, also the US Dept of State Template Tool will allow you to upload a photo and print from home or send to drugstore to print.

 

The photo must follow SPECIFIC specifications to qualify as a passport photo. Your photographs must be:

  • 2x2 inches in size 

  • Identical 

  • Taken within the past 6 months, showing current appearance 

  • Color 

  • Full face, front view with a plain white or off-white background 

  • Between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head 

  • Taken in normal street attire 

    • Uniforms should not be worn in photographs except religious attire that is worn daily. 

    • Do not wear a hat or headgear that obscures the hair or hairline. 

    • If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device, wig, or similar articles, they should be worn for your picture. 

    • Dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons. A medical certificate may be required. 

Go to http://travel.state.gov/passport/for details on requirements for passport. Applications can be partially completed online or at your local post office - which is where u would apply. The process takes 4-6 weeks so the sooner you apply the better. If the passport is needed sooner, there is a $60 expedite fee or if you have an actual passport office in your city, you may have same day options. 

A birth certificate is required for ALL applicants. You will be mailing that original birth certificate off to the US Passport Division and they will send it back when they send you the passport. 
 

For All Minors: 

Each minor child shall appear in person. REMEMBER BOTH PARENTS MUST BE PRESENT AT THE TIME YOU APPLY FOR A MINOR OR A CONSENT FORM IS REQUIRED FROM THE NON-CUSTODIAL PARENT. 

The U.S. Passport Card can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or seaports-of-entry and is more convenient and less expensive than a passport book.  This means if you are driving to these locations. The passport card cannot be used for international travel by air.

For Passport Application Fee:

  • Personal checks, money orders, and bank drafts at all locations 

  • Exact cash at some locations (verify with the Acceptance Facility) 

For Execution Fee:

  • Money orders and bank drafts at all locations 

  • Personal checks and exact cash at some locations (verify with the Acceptance Facility) 

  • Credit cards at U.S. Postal Facilities and some other locations (verify with the Acceptance Facility) 

 

http://travel.state.gov/passport/ WILL HAVE ALL DETAILS ON REGARDING HOW TO APPLY, LOCATIONS AND FORMS OF PAYMENTS EXCEPTED. PLEASE NOTE, EXPEDITING HAS ADDITIONAL FEES. PLEASE OBTAIN YOUR PASSPORT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, FEES CAN BECOME OVERWHELMING TO EXPEDITE THE PROCESS

Enroll in STEP:

The STEP program has many benefits and it's free

  • U.S. Embassy will contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.

  • Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.

  • Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.

  • You can also set up a group account. 

Sign up today! https://step.state.gov/step/

 

COVID-19 Updates:

Covid regulations are constantly changing and may differ based on location. To get the most up to date information, go to CDC.gov 

When booking travel with Just Ask Kiky, clients are agreeing to existing and current regulations and laws enforced for any and all parts of the client's travel plans. Please note procedures are always subject to change. Completion of a booking is also an understanding that if  any violation of any and all regulations and laws of the location traveling to could result in a heavy fine or jail time. Please make sure you understand and abide by such regulations to ensure a successful vacation.

 

Travel Protection and Insurance:

Comprehensive travel insurance (Trip cancellation, interruption, medical, etc.) is available and is highly recommended, Although purchasing insurance is not a guarantee that all claims will be paid (or paid to your satisfaction). Insurance is recommended for all trips.

Please make sure you read and understand terms and conditions of any policy purchased regardless of who you make that purchase with. All travel insurance/protection is not equal and does NOT cover all situations. 

Cancel for any reason protection must be purchase within 7-14 days of the initial booking. Understand that choosing to NOT purchase protection for your vacation means that the purchase is subject to the cancellation policy of vendor or vendors with whom the purchases are made. 

Just Ask Kiky is not liable for any claims, losses, damages, costs, expenses, delays or loss of enjoyment, of any nature or kind whatsoever, resulting from events beyond our or a supplier’s reasonable control, including but not limited to pandemics, acts of God, strikes, lockouts or other labour disputes or disruptions, wars, blockades, insurrections, riots, earthquakes, weather conditions, floods or acts or restraints imposed by government authorities.

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JUST ASK KIKY CANCELLATION POLICY:

Unfortunately, there are always situations and factors that may arise to cause you to cancel your trip. Just Ask Kiky always recommends that you purchase Travel Insurance (even if it's not through us) to safeguard your trip and secure your investment. Depending on the particular contract, there are usually fees and penalties involved with canceling. Just Ask Kiky will assess those fees/penalties according to the particular contract/trip that you are on when resolving your cancellation request. 

Just Ask Kiky uses a Payment Schedule ("Layaway Plan") to help facilitate the payments and expense of the trips. The Just Ask Kiky "Layaway" payment schedule(s) noted for each trip must be strictly followed in order to guarantee the package rates in effect when your deposit is made. Client agrees to be responsible for the layaway amount due at time of Cancellation. Failure to follow the established payment schedule may result in changes or increases to your package rate. Payment of deposit confirms your acceptance of this policy. All rates are effective today and subject to change until a deposit is received. 

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