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Passports & International Travel

At Ocean View Travel, we want your travel to go as smooth as humanly possible. This page has great information and planning tools. As a benefit to you, we will automatically register you the State Department's Smart Traveler Program giving you one less thing to worry about!

The Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) is responsible for the welfare and protection of U.S. citizens abroad, for the issuance of passports and other documentation to citizens and nationals, and for the protection of U.S. border security and the facilitation of legitimate travel to the United States. This compilation of links, which address some of the most important issues that may arise during travel from the U.S., will assist you in better handling your travel needs before and during your trip.


A passport is a U.S. citizen’s key to international travel. CA has a significant domestic presence, most notably the 29 U.S. Passport agencies and centers, 26 of which deal directly with the U.S. public. In 2016 alone, they issued over 18.6 million passports to U.S. citizens!

How to apply for a passport

Where to apply for a passport

Lost or Stolen Passports

Passport photo requirements

Get your passport in a hurry

Life or death emergencies

Current processing times

Passport fees

Application status

National Passport Information Center contact information

Schengen countries travel


There are several resources for U.S. citizens planning trips abroad. These resources include information about health, safety, security, transportation, local laws, visa requirements, and passport validity requirements for their destination. Enrollment in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) also allows U.S. citizens travelers to receive updates while traveling.

Learn about your destination

Find a U.S. Embassy abroad

Travel alerts and warnings

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

Vaccinations and insurance

Traveler’s checklist


The U.S. Department of State and their embassies and consulates abroad have no greater responsibility than the protection of U.S. citizens overseas. They do this through routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens at our embassies and consulates around the world. They serve our fellow citizens during their most important moments – births, deaths, disasters, arrests, and medical emergencies.


Sending money to U.S. citizens overseas

What the State Department can and cannot do in a crisis abroad

Death abroad

Emergency contact numbers for U.S. citizens abroad

Medical evacuations

How to locate a missing person abroad


Further useful information for the traveling overseas.

Customs and import restrictions

Traveling with firearms

Hajj and Umrah travel

Traveling with a pet

Cruise passengers

Global Entry

TSA Pre-check