U.S. Embassy brings passports to Team Osan
OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- The base passport office here has reached out to the U.S. Embassy where to provide assistance with attaining tourist passports for U.S. military members and their families on the peninsula.
Previously, military members would travel to Seoul, approximately 40 miles from Osan AB, on available days. Now, approximately every three weeks, the embassy will reach out to Team Osan and surrounding Army posts to help with processing tourist passports.
"In the U.S., you can go to the post office to process your passport," said Capt. Nathan Schultz, 51st Force Support Squadron military personnel section chief. "It's a little harder because we're overseas and our post office doesn't accommodate this service. To alleviate some of the hassle of travelling, we asked members from the embassy to come here."
Since June, the embassy has processed more than 150 passports for U.S. military members and their families.
"The processing time is pretty quick if you have all the documents and the payment," said Schultz.
To attain a tourist passport, applicants need the following:
- The passport applications
- Proof of citizenship (birth certificate or current passport)
- Proof of identity (military I.D., driver's license, etc.)
- One passport photo (base marketing can take and print photo - building 937)
- Fee ($135 for first time applicants, $110 for renewal applicants, $105 for 15 years and younger, money order only)
The next date the U.S. Embassy will be available for appointments is August 5, 2015. To sign up, applicants must visit the MPF, building 936, and sign up for an available time. For more information, visit the U.S. Embassy, Seoul, website http://seoul.usembassy.gov/acs_us_passports.html or call the passport office at 784-6719 or customer support at 784-1845.
(Information in this article provided courtesy of U.S. Embassy, Seoul)