Travel officials recommend proactive vacation planning during massive passport backlog

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo- Leisure travel is picking up across the country, but some people are picking up a passport that might not get them far. A passport has to be valid after the last travel stamp for six months, which created a backlog between people renewing passports and those wanting to get one.

“If you want to travel, whether it’s the United States, Italy, to Canada; you’ve gotta plan ahead,” AAA Colorado’s Skyler McKinley advises, “You’ve gotta plan significantly because the travel environment is different and everybody’s traveling right now.”

Getting a new passport is at least a 12-week wait now. First Class Travel in Grand Junction has seen a change in vacation plans with the high demand and delay. The team has solutions for people to enjoy travel, even if it includes a detour.

“The Virgin Islands, even though they’re U.S. territory, they still require a COVID testing where Florida does not,” Travel Consultant Sandy Heley informs, “That’s kind of been our alternate for people that can’t go out of country.”

Having a passport and planning a trip have something in common: being prepared.

“An ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure,” Skyler McKinley continues, “If you have any travel plans or know you’re going to, go ahead and get those passport application in because they’re just taking so long to get processed right now.”

The passport process can be done online and in person. If you need a passport sooner rather than later, Colorado has a facility that can help.

Colorado Passport Agency: 3151 S Vaughn Way #600, Aurora, CO 80014

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Thursday

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