The U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, would like to inform U.S. Citizens that the U.S. Government will no longer be able to add additional visa pages to U.S. passports starting January 1, 2016. Instead, 52-page passport books will be issued at no extra cost. This worldwide change enhances the security of U.S. passports.
U.S. Citizens who require extra pages in their U.S. passports should make an appointment to come to the U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services unit before December 31, 2015. Once the change goes into effect worldwide, we recommend that U.S. Citizens who travel frequently renew their passports early to ensure they have enough blank pages for visa stamps from other countries.
To make an appointment: http://beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn/as092508.html
See travel.state.gov for more information on entry, exit, and foreign visa requirements.
Frequently asked questions
Why will the U.S. Government stop adding additional visa pages?
The move will enhance the security of the passport and abide by international passport standards.
How will passports be more secure?
The ePassport integrates the latest concepts in electronic document protection. One of these measures preventing unauthorized reading of ePassports is adding RF blocking material to the ePassport cover. Adding visa page inserts diminishes the effect of this blocking material.
What if I need more than 24 pages?
The 52-page book will be standard, and issued at no extra cost. In the rare case you need more than 52 pages, we urge you to apply early for renewal.