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Passport Web Sites Flourish

February 12, 2007 By: Joe Pike Travel Agent

Since restrictions, these web sites offer incentives and information for travelers

Since the 2005 announcement that passports would be required
of all U.S. citizens traveling between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the
Caribbean, Central and South America and Bermuda—and since the legislation took
effect in late January—web sites geared toward informing consumers and agents
about passport-related news and deals have been emerging on a daily basis. And
the already-existing passport sites have been steadily gaining steam.

To help you avoid scrolling through the more than one
million results you'll get on Google if you type in "passport" and
"web sites," Travel Agent scoped out some of the more notable
sites for you to share with your clients.
Travel industry representatives have touted the success of, which
launched more than two months ago and provides links to U.S., Canadian
and Mexican passport information. The site received more than 1.2 million hits
and 50,000 unique visitors as of late January, according to Roger J. Dow,
president and CEO of the Travel Industry Association (TIA). Visit
This American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA)-affiliated
site offers passport service starting at $49 and online forms that the site
boasts take no longer than 30 seconds to fill out. It provides links to
information on child passports, lost or stolen passports, passport renewals and
name changes. Visit
Since this site launched in 1992 it has secured more than
100,000 passports for U.S.
travelers. Also an ASTA-affiliated site, guarantees a U.S. passport
application in 24 hours, noting on its site that it takes about six weeks to
obtain a passport otherwise. Service fees start at $59 for a turnaround time of
7-10 business days. (Note that this doesn't include government fees of $127.)

Among its numerous features, the site offers round-the-clock
reports on the status your application as well as status updates via e-mail,
with the final e-mail alerting them that their passport application has been
completed. Visit
Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative Update
This ASTA-affiliated site also claims to expedite passports
in 24 hours. It provides services and information on passports, visas and birth
certificates. Passport services start at $59, while visa services service start
at $49. Visit
This site provides links to information on new passports,
passport renewals, lost passports, child passports, name changes and adding
pages to your current passport. It also provides information on visas. Prices
are $130 for 1- to 2-day rush service of passports, $95 for 3- to 4-day express
service and $70 for 5- to 6-day priority service. For visas, the site charges
$100 for a 1- to 2-day process of business and tourist visas and $75 for 3- to
4-day express service. For both visas and passport, add $20 for shipping fees.

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