Congressman Daniel Webster is warning that due to the COVID-19 lockdowns, the Department of State is backed up in processing passport applications.
“As much as possible, I encourage travelers to delay scheduling international travel until receipt of your passport, or allow six months processing time between submission and your scheduled travel,” said the Republican lawmaker who represents The Villages in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The processing time for passport applications and renewals is estimated at 18 weeks. The “expedited” processing time is 12 weeks.
If you are experiencing an emergency (urgent business travel, funerals, visiting a terminally ill family member, etc.), you may be able to schedule an appointment by calling (877) 487-2778. If you are experiencing an emergency and unable to obtain an appointment, contact Congressman Webster’s office at (352) 241-9220. You can also visit his Passport Assistance webpage for more information.