RUTLAND — International travel increased in 2015 to more than 1.2 billion travelers. According to the World Tourism Organization, that’s 4.4 percent more than in 2014 — and the U.S. Postal Service is ready to prepare travelers for such future excursions.
To make it easier to apply for a U.S. Passport, the Rutland Post Office is hosting a Passport Day with no appointment necessary on Saturday, April 9. Stop by the Rutland Post Office at 151 West Street between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. to take advantage of this free service. Postal clerks can even take passport photos if needed.
Rutland Postmaster James Ragosta says “With routine passport processing times of six weeks, it’s never too early to start planning for that out-of-country trip. And we’re here to help.” He cites usps.com as an excellent resource for getting passport paperwork and locating other acceptance facilities across the nation.