US to stop taking orders for extra passport pages

BY ELLEN CREAGER
DETROIT FREE PRESS (TNS)

Starting this month, the U.S. State Department is no longer offering the option of ordering extra pages for a passport.

Citing security concerns, the agency stopped issuing the extra pages on Dec. 31. Instead, it will let future passport applicants order a passport with either the normal 28 pages or a hefty 52 pages.

All applications received outside the U.S. will automatically get 52-page passports.

The pages are used for country immigration officers’ entry and exit stamps, as well as a place to insert visas for countries that require them. While most travelers never fill up their passports, it’s an issue for frequent travelers because some countries require at least two blank pages in a passport for entry.

More information: www.travel.state.gov/passport or 877-487-2778.

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