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What to do if your passport expires and how to renew it?


(CNN Español) — The passport proves your nationality and identity and is one of the documents you will need to travel to other countries. If your passport has already expired or is about to expire, this is what you have to do to renew it, if you are a citizen of Mexico, Colombia, Argentina or the United States.

Mexican passport

The Mexican passport It is the key to entering 159 destinations without the need for a visa, according to a ranking by the company Henley & Partners, and it can be renewed in Mexico or at a Mexican consulate abroad.

The passport renewal process is as follows:

    1. Schedule an appointment through Mexitel, either by calling 1-877-639-4835, or through website.
    2. Go to your appointment at the consulate. Take the passport you want to exchange with you.
    3. Make the corresponding payment.
    4. The passport is delivered the same day, as long as all the requirements have been met.

In case you do not have your previous passport, you must go to the competent local authority and file a report of loss of passport, which you must present at the Consular Office with the rest of the requirements that are needed, as if it were the first time. that you request the issuance of the passport.

The Mexican passport valid for 1 year available for children under 3 years has a cost of US $ 36 (645 Mexican pesos), the three-year has a cost of US $ 83 (1,345 Mexican pesos), the six-year has a cost of US $ 113 (1,845 Mexican pesos) and the 10-year has a cost of US $ 163 (about 3,300 Mexican pesos).

People over 60 years of age, with disabilities and agricultural workers will be able to access a 50% discount benefit. The 10-year term does not apply to agricultural workers.

To request the renewal of the passport of minors under 18 years of age, there are additional requirements.

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Colombian passport

The Colombian passport is the key to 129 visa-free destinations, and thanks to the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) you can travel to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay using your citizenship card instead of the passport.

To renew the passport you must carry out the following steps:

  1. Request an appointment in the office of the Ministry of Foreign Relations of the city of Bogotá or in the Governorships authorized to do so. Abroad you will have to go to the Colombian consulate in your location.
  2. Fill the passport renewal application form.
  3. Make the corresponding payment.
  4. Attend the appointment with the necessary documents: original of the citizenship card and previous passport, if you have it.

If you do not have your previous passport, you must inform the issuing office of this situation.

The ordinary electronic passport (with 32 pages) valid for 10 years has a cost of US $ 46 (169,000 Colombian pesos), the executive (with 48 pages) has a cost of US $ 70 (259,000 Colombian pesos) and the emergency It has a cost of US $ 44 (161,000 Colombian pesos). The cost of the ordinary passport abroad is US $ 110 and the cost of the executive passport is US $ 179. Check the different payment methods.

Delivery times vary depending on the location where the procedure was carried out; in Bogotá, the wait is 24 hours, in the governorates, the wait is 48 hours and in the consulates, the wait is eight business days.

To request the renewal of the passport of minors under 18 years of age, there are additional requirements.

Note: As of 2015, all Colombians must have a machine-readable passport or an electronic passport.

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Argentine passport

The Argentine passport allows you to enter 159 destinations without a visa according to Henley & Partners. Argentines will be able to travel to the countries that belong to Mercosur using their National Identity Document (DNI) instead of their passport.

To renew your passport in Argentina you must do a previous appointment and bring the following documents:

  • Valid DNI
  • Previous passport

The validity of the passport is 10 years for those over 18 years old and 5 years for those under 18 years old.

The normal process of the passport has a cost of US $ 16 (1,500 Argentine pesos) and is delivered in 15 business days, while the express procedure It has a cost of US $ 28 (2,650 Argentine pesos) and is delivered in a maximum of up to 96 hours. To renew the Argentine passport abroad You will have to go to the Argentine consulate and the cost is US $ 165.

Passport renewal can also be carried out in a Civil Registry office, and in Buenos Aires the regular passport process can also be carried out in some malls Y airport and river terminals with an additional cost of just over US $ 1 (around 100 Argentine pesos at the official exchange rate).

In some airports in Argentina you can process the passport instantly. This process takes between 2 and 6 hours, and has a cost of US $ 215.

To request the renewal of the passport of minors under 18 years of age there are additional requirements.

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US passport

The United States passport is the key to 187 visa-free destinations, according to Henley & Partners, and its renewal can be carried out in the North American country or in a U.S. consulate or embassy abroad.

The United States has two types of passports:

  • Passport book: It serves as identification and proof of citizenship, and can be used for international travel by air, sea and land.
  • Passport card: US citizens can apply for a passport card in addition to the passport book, but it can only be used to enter the US by land or sea from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, or Bermuda.

The process for the renewal of the US passport can be done by mail or in person, and for both cases you will need to deliver the following documents:

Both types of passports are valid for 10 years. The cost for the book is US $ 110, the cost of the card is US $ 30, and the expedited service has an additional cost of US $ 60. Check all costs.

The normal time for a passport can exceed 10 weeks, but when the expedited process is done in person for having a short-term trip, the processing time can be up to four weeks, depending on each circumstance. In emergencies and paying the expedited service, the passport can be processed in three business days.

To request the renewal of the passport of a minor under 16 years of age there are additional requirements.

Note: If you are abroad and your US passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you could use your expired passport to return to the US until December 2021. Check the requirements before taking a decision.

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