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Passport Application Processing Update: July 30, 2020

Since Phase One of the three separate phases of resuming the normal operations of processing passport applications started on Thursday, June 11, 2020 — along with the staggered reopening of 16 passport agencies and passport centers as part of the first phase, with six of them in the second phase as of Monday, July 27, 2020 — at least 1,481,000 passports have been issued, according to the latest update from the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State of the United States.

The number of passports currently awaiting issuance is still steadily decreasing compared to what the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State of the United States has awaiting issuance in normal circumstances.

The table shown above reflects each week — from Thursdays through Wednesdays — since Phase One of the three separate phases of resuming the normal operations of processing passport applications started on Thursday, June 11, 2020; and the backlog of…

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Update: Do Not Use These 77 Liquid Hand Sanitizer Products, According to the Food and Drug Administration of the United States

As a result of the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic, the general use of liquid hand sanitizer has significantly increased in the United States — which includes the recent relaxation of the rules by Transportation Security Administration pertaining to liquid hand sanitizer, as passengers are now permitted to carry containers of up to a maximum of 12 ounces of liquid hand sanitizer through airport security checkpoints…

…but the Food and Drug Administration of the United States has updated this official advisory to not use 77 hand sanitizer products because they may potentially…

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Trusted Traveler Program Enrollment Centers Remain Closed Through September 2020 Due to 2019 Novel Coronavirus

The temporary closure of Trusted Traveler Program enrollment centers of Customs and Border Protection of the United States has been extended by another month as a precautionary measure to mitigate exposure of both personnel and the public to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic, as they are now currently closed throughout the United States through at least Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

The initial date of when the suspension of enrollment would possibly expire was originally Friday, May 1, 2020; and then it was postponed through at least Monday, June 1, 2020 before it was postponed yet again through through Monday, July 6, 2020.

The good news is that…

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Passport Application Processing Update: July 23, 2020

Since Phase One of the three separate phases of resuming the normal operations of processing passport applications started on Thursday, June 11, 2020 — along with the staggered reopening of 16 passport agencies and passport centers as part of the first phase, with five of them in the second phase as of Monday, July 13, 2020 — at least 1,275,000 passports have been issued, according to the latest update from the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State of the United States.

The number of passports currently awaiting issuance is still steadily decreasing compared to what the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State of the United States has awaiting issuance in normal circumstances.

The table shown above reflects each week — from Thursdays through Wednesdays — since Phase One of the three separate phases of resuming the normal operations of processing passport applications started on Thursday, June 11, 2020; and the backlog of…

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Passport Application Processing Passes One Million Mark: July 16, 2020

Since Phase One of the three separate phases of resuming the normal operations of processing passport applications started on Thursday, June 11, 2020 — along with the staggered reopening of 16 passport agencies and passport centers as part of the first phase, with five of them in the second phase as of Monday, July 13, 2020 — at least 803,000 passports have been issued, according to the latest update from the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State of the United States.

The number of passports currently awaiting issuance is only a slight increase compared to what the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State of the United States has awaiting issuance in normal circumstances during June.

The table shown above reflects each week — from Thursdays through Wednesdays — since Phase One of the three separate phases of resuming the normal operations of processing passport applications started on Thursday, June 11, 2020; and the backlog of…

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Why Processing Passport Applications Should Now Be Faster: July 9, 2020

Since Phase One of the three separate phases of resuming the normal operations of processing passport applications started on Thursday, June 11, 2020 — along with the staggered reopening of 16 passport agencies and passport centers as part of the first phase, with four of them having just entered the second phase as of Monday, July 6, 2020 — at least 803,000 passports have been issued, according to the latest update from the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State of the United States.

The number of passports currently awaiting issuance is only a slight increase compared to what the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State of the United States has awaiting issuance in normal circumstances during June.

The table shown above reflects each week — from Thursdays through Wednesdays — since Phase One of the three separate phases of resuming the normal operations of processing passport applications started on Thursday, June 11, 2020; and the backlog of…

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Restrictions of United States Residents Not Lifted Yet By Council of the European Union

If you reside in the United States and were hoping to visit Europe in the near future, forget about it, as the temporary restrictions which are in effect due to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic have not yet been lifted on travel to the European Union which is not considered essential.

The Council of the European Union adopted this recommendation on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 pertaining to the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on travel to the European Union which is not considered essential. The easing of travel restrictions at the external borders of countries which are members of the European Union for residents of the following 14 countries is in effect as of Wednesday, July 1, 2020…

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Passport Application Processing Update: July 2, 2020

Since Phase One of the three separate phases of resuming the normal operations of processing passport applications started on Thursday, June 11, 2020 — along with the staggered reopening of 16 passport agencies and passport centers as part of the first phase — at least 615,000 passports have been issued, according to the latest update from the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State of the United States.

The number of passports currently awaiting issuance is only a slight increase compared to what the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State of the United States has awaiting issuance in normal circumstances during June.

The table shown above reflects each week — from Thursdays through Wednesdays — since Phase One of the three separate phases of resuming the normal operations of processing passport applications started on Thursday, June 11, 2020; and the backlog of…

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Transportation Security Administration Agent Tested Positive for 2019 Novel Coronavirus; Causes Closure of Main Security Checkpoint for Hours at Atlanta Airport

The main security checkpoint of the international airport which serves the greater Atlanta metropolitan area is now open again — with wait times of fewer than 15 minutes — after it was shut down for several hours for cleaning earlier today, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 due to an agent of the Transportation Security Administration testing positive for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

The closure of the main security checkpoint was…

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Could Passport Application Processing Be Caught Up by August 2020?

Since Phase One of the three separate phases of resuming the normal operations of processing passport applications started on Thursday, June 11, 2020 — along with the staggered reopening of 15 passport agencies and passport centers as part of the first phase — at least 379,000 passports have been issued, according to the latest update from the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State of the United States.

The number of passports currently awaiting issuance is only a slight increase compared to what the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State of the United States has awaiting issuance in normal circumstances during June.

The table shown above reflects each week — from Thursdays through Wednesdays — since Phase One of the three separate phases of resuming the normal operations of processing passport applications started on Thursday, June 11, 2020; and the backlog of…

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