If you’re traveling out of the country, even if it’s to Mexico, you’ll need to check your passport and begin the renewal process now, so that you have your passport in time for your trip and you save the fees for having your passport expedited in processing. While passports aren’t required for cruises that begin and end in U.S. ports, adventure bound cruise and travel encourages clients to obtain passports anyway, noting that people may get sick or injured when visiting ports and have to fly back.
As of January 1 of this year, if you run out of visa pages on your passport, you will have to obtain a new passport instead of having additional pages inserted. Two options will be available: either 28 or 52 pages with no difference in cost.
And if you lose your passport(s), we recommend you check thoroughly before reporting it because once the passport is reported missing, it can’t be reinstated even if it’s found.
Many countries require passports be valid for six months on arrival, and parents should be aware that passports for children under 16 are valid only for five years.
President Obama signed a bill into law on December 7th that allows the IRS to revoke U.S. passports of those who owe back taxes.
The new law, part of a larger bill that earmarked $305 billion for infrastructure projects, allows the IRS to take passports away—or deny applications—from U.S. citizens who owe the IRS $50,000 or more.
It comes as new Real ID requirements are about to go into enforcement, requiring U.S. citizens in four states to have a passport even to fly domestically. So now they will only be able to do so if they don’t owe the IRS.
AmaWaterways has announced that it will enhance its line-up of biking and hiking tours for travelers in 2016, citing an increase in demand for active options onboard its popular Europe river cruises.
AmaWaterways carries a fleet of complimentary bicycles onboard its European ships, which will continue to be available to guests for individual or escorted bike tours. In 2015, the company introduced a partnership with Backroads for more adventurous bicycling tourists, with those sailings beginning this year.
AmaWaterways’ 2016 new escorted bike tours will include:
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