Does anyone know how pre-clearance facilities at airports like Abu Dhabi are affected by the closures of the US government? Is it still worth reserving to go through these facilities in the coming days?
We continue to offer passport services during the
credits for the federal government.
You can still apply for a passport or passport card in the United States
agencies and passport centers and acceptance centers (such as
post offices, libraries or county offices) during the forfeiture
credits. You can also renew your passport by mail. Our
the processing times remain the same: 4-6 weeks for routine service and
2-3 weeks for expedited service.
If you have an appointment in a US State Department
passport agency or center, please schedule your appointment. Yes
you have to cancel your appointment, you can do it by visiting the
Online appointment system for passports or by calling 1-877-487-2778. Yes
you have an appointment at a passport acceptance center and
need to cancel your appointment, please contact the property directly.
We will update this notice if there is a change in passport services
during the expiry of the credits.
I suspect the rules are the same as for USCIS services – the bulk of the budget allocated for providing the passport service comes from application fees rather than the federal government. Therefore, exceeding the appropriations will not affect the processing of passports, except in cases where they have to interact with organizations that are currently being closed or are significantly impeded.