11 passport agencies are reopening, however, you’ll still have to wait on your application. The State Department is beginning Phase One, with Phase Two and Phase Three soon to follow.
The Points Guy ~ ” Home-weary travelers, rejoice: Your local passport agencies and centers are coming out of quarantine.
The State Department announced this week that 11 passport agencies and centers will reopen Thursday, June 11, under Phase One of the agency’s three-phase reopening plan.
The 11 centers that are reopening include:
Arkansas Passport Center
Buffalo Passport Agency
Chicago Passport Agency
Colorado Passport Agency
Connecticut Passport Agency
Detroit Passport Agency
Minneapolis Passport Agency
National Passport Center
New Orleans Passport Center
New York Passport Agency
Philadelphia Passport Agency
Reopening of Passport Services | Image courtesy of Travel.State.Gov
Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean you can just march in to one of these centers and walk back out with a passport. During Phase One of reopening, priority will still be given to travelers who need a passport within the next 72 hours for a life-or-death emergency only. Applicants must make a confirmed appointment, and must wear cloth face coverings in all common areas, including the lobby, and observe strict social distancing.
Employees will also be phased back in to work on a limited number basis, primarily to process the existing backlog of passport applications that the agency has already received.” ~ The Points Guy
**Please note: Due to the impact of COVID 19 on travel, we encourage people to always plan trips in accordance with the guidance provided by government and health officials.