A few months back, while wasting time on the interweb, I was surprised to find out that the US has two passport lengths: the standard 28 page passport and a larger 52 page passport. So this afternoon when I went to the US Consulate in Chiang Mai to renew my passport, I applied for a larger passport book.
Here is why I decided a larger passport made more sense for my travel ambitions.
|Standard vs 52 page passport|
A 28 page and a 52 page passport both cost me the same amount.
Whether you are applying for your first passport or renewing your passport, there is no additional fee for requesting a 52 page passport.
Adding pages would be almost as expensive as renewing my passport.
In addition to needing more space for visas and stamps I was also updating my name. Adding extra pages to an existing passport now costs $82 and a renewal costs $110. For my situation, renewing my passport killed two birds with one stone.
My pages fill up quickly when I travel in SE Asia.
It is easy to run out of pages, if using a standard passport, while traveling in SE Asia as many countries like Laos and Cambodia have a full page visa plus an arrival and a departure stamp.
Not having enough blank pages could my affect travel plans.
According to the to the State Department website, “some countries require that your passport has two to four blank visa/stamp pages” and “some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met”.
How to request a 52 page passport
When you are filling out either an application for your first passport (DS-11) or a renewal form (DS-82) you will see a box at the top that you can check to request a 52 page passport. As an adult your passport is valid for 10 years and if you plan on doing quite a bit of traveling in that time frame acquiring a non-standard passport book can save you both money and time.
Always check the passport/visa requirements of your destination country before traveling and for more passport FAQ, click here.
*As of January 2016 you can no longer add pages to you passport. For the most current information, click here.
Happy travels my friends.