(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- If you're traveling to an international destination it may take a little while to make sure your passport is up to date.
David Alwadish is the president and CEO of ItsEasy Passport & Visa, which is a third party passport application processing company.
He tells the Noon Business Hour that you may have a hard time traveling abroad if your passport is six months away from its expiration date.
"Countries that you're thinking of going to may not even let you board an airplane and leave the United States unless you have at least six months left on your passport from when you return."
Alwadish said the wait time for a passport jumped from 4-6 weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic to 10-12 weeks afterward.
One way you can save time is to type out your passport application instead of writing it out in longhand. That way the examiner doesn't have to transcribe your handwriting.