ABOVE: You'll often need your
passport to change money--and in the U.S., you'll need a hefty sum of money to
obtain a passport.
More than two dozen European countries have eliminated border controls
between each other, with a single 'Schengen Visa' for tourists. Here's how
the Schengen rules affect you as a traveler.
Note: For information on U.S. and Canadian customs regulations for
returning travelers, see our Miscellaneous
Download forms from this passport site, then file your application at an
Australian Post outlet.
If there's no local passport office in your area, you can apply by mail.
This page is from Ireland's Citizens Information Board.
Download an application in .PDF format, then open and print it with Adobe's free
Britain may be part of the European Community, but British subjects still need
a passport to travel abroad. Also, the Visitor's Passport has been abolished,
so you'll now require a standard 10-year passport to leave the country.
To be on the safe side, allow a minimum of six weeks to get your passport
unless you're willing to pay an "expedite" fee. (You can save
time by downloading an application in .PDF format for viewing and printing
with Adobe's free Acrobat
Reader.) If you need even faster service, try
a private expediting service such as
Passport Visa Express, which can get
you a U.S. passport in 24 hours.