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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-02-2007, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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Passport and flying ///canada

Ok i havent flown since i was 3 so this is kinda culture shock. I wanna goto canada in march but never flown and on top of that never flown outside the country.

Where can i get my passport? What kinda wait or fee is involved? Or is it even possible to get it before march? Heard rumors it take a while.

Next up is flights. Anybody got a hook up or am i gonna be stuck doing travelocity or somethin?

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A large post office can do it for you. Get Picture from walgreens. Oak park post office is where I did it.

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You can get a passport application at the post office. You'll need to fill out the forms, get a certified birth certificate, and about $90 for regular processing, or about $145 to expidite it (about 2-3 week turnaround).

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Get your photo taken at any camera/film shop. It's like $12.

Then go online and print up the application forms. When done go to the Post Office and submit the forms to the Passport office.

I forget the fee, but I think it's about $100 now.

For your flight go to Orbitz. Yes, I work there, but we have the best customer service by far. Airfare is pretty standard across the different sites so the online companies differentiate themselves with their extra service.

Besides, if something goes wrong you can give me a call and I can help you out.

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ok priced out orbitz and travelocity and travelocity came in $150 cheaper for flight + hotel

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It takes a bit....... better start right away.

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Some post office can take your picture for your passport, check the post office where you are getting your passport.
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ok priced out orbitz and travelocity and travelocity came in $150 cheaper for flight + hotel
lol, and when your flight gets cancelled or your hotel is overbooked travelocity will give you the finger. Orbitz will have already rebooked you on another flight before you know your original was cancelled.

$150 is a lot, though. Was it the exact same flight and exact same hotel?

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I actually got my passport app in yesterday. I'm going to Ireland in late March and not getting it expedited would be pushing it too close. I think it was $175 total, maybe $190. But I didn't have a picture and they really stick it to you if they take the picture ($15 for a fucking picture, come on now).
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lol, and when your flight gets cancelled or your hotel is overbooked travelocity will give you the finger. Orbitz will have already rebooked you on another flight before you know your original was cancelled.

$150 is a lot, though. Was it the exact same flight and exact same hotel?
yea its on air canada and the delta hotel....i cant see that flight being to booked up....its the eastern part of canada..



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Since when does one need a passport to go to Canada?!? I went to Canada little over a year ago, using only my drivers license, and I'm not even a Citizen of either country
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its a new federal law...going anywhere outside of the united states...to get back in the country, you must have a passport...only way around it is if its a kid under the age of 15 i believe and you still need a birth cert....i think i should go and get a passport now even though i dont expect to leave the USA...but it cant hurt...right?....also, do passports expire?

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also, do passports expire?
yes.

I'm too lazy to look it up, can anyone tell me when this became a law?
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This became a law last November but took effect at the end of January 2007. I sent out lots of e-mail reminders to all Orbitz passengers notifying them of the change.

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Passports last about 8 or 10 years (I forget).


Soon, you'll need a passport to travel to Wisconsin!

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yes.

I'm too lazy to look it up, can anyone tell me when this became a law?
I think passports are valid for 10 years. I don't know if it's a law or not right now but it is being passed soon. I remember it being on the news around the time I was getting my passport that most people should get one because you can't go anywhere outside the country without one anymore (or in the near future)
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My passport is good for 10 yrs. Yes you do need to have one if you leave the country, doesn't matter where you go. And I think it was an option though, 5yr or 10 yr passport, I just got the 10 year.
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Just don't get caught in some third world country or any other country for that matter and all the little boxes for the stamps are filled up. A guy I work with, his passport was filled. He was trying to get out of south Africa and they detained him for a week trying to get money out of him. It was Fucked up.

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He was trying to get out of south Africa and they detained him for a week trying to get money out of him. It was Fucked up.

Did the chicks take a dump on his chest??
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You're thinking of Whitseatenvy. His name is Jon.

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Here is the link for your passport: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html. It will tell you everything you need to know. If you are leaving this month, I would recommend that you book an appt downtown to get it. If needed, you can get it same day or else you can have it expedited and get it in a few days. Obviously, the quicker you need it, the more it will cost ya. I had to get mine same day and I think it was $250. In order to expedite your passport, they will need to see your itinerary with your departure date. Don't forget to look at the identification requirements to make sure you have everything that you need to get your passport. If you have any more questions, let me know... I have to get passports and visa's for people at my work all the time.

crap... just saw the date this thread started... oh well...

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You're thinking of Whitseatenvy. His name is Jon.
I know, I just heard it is heavier in Africa.
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Y'know, back in '02 when I applied for my passport, I didn't have any particular plans to leave the country, but figured that I might as well get one in case the opportunity arose.

One of the spots on the form says, "Which country are you planning to travel to first?" or something like that. I put "Canada," mostly for the sake of having something there. Little did I know.

I finally wound up using it to get into California, a couple of years ago, much to the confusion of the LAPD.

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