I got my passport today after just a week which eliminates all my worries about one for my trip to St Martin. It looks like the passport was issued on Friday and sent overnight. I was surprised that it showed up so quickly when there have been lots of reports of delays. Maybe a renewal is easier than new application. Or they noticed the travel date and prioritized it.

It isn’t one of the new electronic passports. It has the same design as my old one and not the new design. It doesn’t have the logo which indicates an RFID chip containing identifying information. I am sort of relieved that I can go another ten years before I get a privacy violating one.