Message for U.S. Citizens: Elimination of Visa Page Inserts for U.S. Passports

Following is the latest ACS Message:


After December 31, 2015, no more extra visa pages will be added to U.S. passports. Instead, 52-page passport books will be issued at no extra cost to U.S. citizens applying from outside the United States. This policy aims to lessen the burden that may be placed on frequent travelers who need more pages and those customers who may need to update residence permits or foreign entry/exit visas to comply with foreign country immigration practices. The determination to eliminate the visa page insert service was made to enhance the security of the passport and to abide by international passport standards. The fee for first-time passport applicants is $135; for passport renewals, $110.

Renew your passport early to make sure you have enough blank pages for visas stamps from other countries. Some require two blank pages for entry and exit. For more information on entry, exit, and foreign visa requirements, visit
We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Panama enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.Gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy/Consulate is 317-5000.

14 thoughts on “Message for U.S. Citizens: Elimination of Visa Page Inserts for U.S. Passports

  1. Do you know how early you can renew your passport? Mine has already had page added and is pretty beat up. Still 3 years to go but if I could renew it now, I would just to have one in good shape.

  2. Can we get the 52 page visa book at the embassy? Will they mail it to us DHL or regular snail mail in Panama?

  3. Often, here in Panamà, you are required by government agencies to provide notarized copies of your passport, even the blank pages. 52 pages is going to be costly, just sayin’.

  4. I guess I have been lucky Steve, because in 13 years here I have never had to provide a notarized copy of my front page, let alone every page.

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