As cooler winter weather moves into the Yellowhammer State, Alabamians will soon be dreaming about warm spring getaways and summer vacations.
Which is why, on Wednesday, Alabama 4th District U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt released a Public Service Announcement regarding international travel in 2017 to ensure constituents prepare well ahead of their trips in order to avoid complications.
“While winter has just begun, it won’t be long before Alabamians will start making plans for their spring break and summer travel,” said Aderholt. “If your plans involve international travel, you will want to find your passport now to make sure it won’t expire within six months of your travel dates.
Aderholt went on to explain passport complications he’s seen many constituents face when trying to take international trips.
“Not only can you not enter a foreign country if your passport has expired, many will not let you enter if your passport is set to expire within six months,” Aderholt continued. “Too often, we get calls from frantic travelers who, after getting to the airport, realize they can’t depart on their trip because their passport is set to expire. Fortunately, in some cases, we have been able to help the traveler, but in others their entire vacation was ruined with no refunds from airlines.
“So, as you are putting away your Christmas decorations and dreaming of a vacation on a sunny beach overseas, take time to check your passport. You do not want to spend your vacation in a passport office or worse, losing hundreds of dollars.”
For more information on applying for a passport and renewing a passport, please visit the following websites: