Don’t let passport hell ruin your vacation or kill your business trip

Jon renewed his US passport about a decade ago and happily traveled with it across the globe. Last year, planning a great trip to France for the summer, six months away, he glanced at his passport to see it still had eleven months before it expired, so he put it away in his desk. Three […]

Caribbean cruises: US citizens should get a passport!

Are you a US citizen thinking about taking a Caribbean cruise without having a US Passport as identification and proof of citizenship? Ned Levi suggests that would be a mistake, and that you should get a passport, even for a short WHTI country exclusive cruise.

Emergency preparedness for cruise ship passengers

The Carnival Triumph passengers are home from their ordeal, but many unanswered question are still left. It’s possible to learn from the passengers’ experience to become better prepared to handle cruise emergencies. Ned Levi discusses concrete suggestions for cruise ship passengers to help them get through a cruise ship emergency at sea.

State Dept. admits passport form was illegal, but still wants it approved

Ignoring massive public opposition, and despite having recently admitted that it is already using the “proposed” forms illegally without approval, the State Department is trying again to get approval for a pair of impossible-to-complete new passport application forms that would, in effect, allow the State Department to deny you a passport simply by choosing to send you either or both of the new “long forms.”

Why the new passport card may not be a bargain

Barring yet another delay, on June 1, 2009, U.S. Citizens over the age of 18 will need either a passport, or new passport card, to re-enter the U.S. even if they are only driving or walking across the border. But is the passport card an option you should consider?

Outsourcing U.S. passports?

A recent column suggested that the Government Printing Office (GPO) is risking national security by outsourcing overseas the production of new hi-tech U.S. passports. The GPO says the report is wrong.