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Can I re-enter the US with an expired passport?

by DR Travel
(Miami, FL)

Question: I traveled outside the US and did not realize I had an expired passport. Will I be able to re-enter the US? What do I need to do?


Answer: According to the U.S. Department of State, all American citizens must possess a valid passport in order to exit and re-enter the United States.

Trying to return to the U.S. with an expired passport may result in being denied entrance. It is best to resolve this before your return trip.

You can apply for an emergency renewal at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general. Click the link below to access a list and find the one nearest you.

U.S. Embassy and Consulate List

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Dual citizen
by: Anonymous

Question: I have dual citizenship from Mexico and the United States. I am in Mexico and have to get back into my homeland of USA this week. My American passport is expired but i recently renewed my Mexican passport. Will I be able to successfully get home?

Answer: All U.S. citizens are required to depart and re-enter the United States using their U.S. passports. You need to renew your U.S. passport before your return. You may do this at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or any of the U.S. Consulates located all over Mexico.

My U.S. passport expires 20 days after getting out of the U.S.
by: Lina

Question: I have dual citizenship (American and Egyptian). I am living in Egypt. In 3 weeks I will travel to the US for 1 month stay then return to Egypt. My American passport expires 20 days after I return to Egypt. Will I face problems entering the U.S. or getting out of the U.S? My Egyptian passport is valid to 2021 so I will have no problems with Egyptian officers.

Answer: As a U.S. citizen, you may enter the United States up to the expiration date of your U.S. passports. Since you are also an Egyptian citizen, you should also not have issues entering Egypt even if exit the U.S. on your about to expire U.S. passport.

Having said that, we recommend that you renew your U.S. passport while you are in the United States. Routine service takes 6-8 weeks so you need to expedite the process. If you apply soon after you arrive, you will get your passport in 2-3 weeks.

Dual citizen traveling with expired US passport
by: Nora

Question: Hi,
My 5 year old is a dual citizen of the US and Egypt. We are traveling in a couple of days from Egypt to the US and discovered that her US passport has expired. Can she travel with her Egyptian passport as valid ID and show the expires US one as well at the airport to prove citizenship?

Answer: All U.S. citizens, regardless of age, need to depart and return to the United States using their U.S. passports. You need to apply for a new passport for your child before your trip. You may do so at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo or at the U.S. Consulate in Alexandria.

Embassy Might Be Closed
by: Anonymous

Question: What about if the US Embassy in the country you are in is currently closed due to war in the country? Would conditions such as this one be considered an exception?

Answer: Please inform us as to which country you are in so that we can better assist you.

Why deny entry to a US citizen
by: Loren

Question: When I left the US my passport was valid. It expired while I was abroad. But it still proves I'm a US citizen. Why would my own country deny me from coming home?

Answer: Section 215 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1185) states:

Citizens: Except as otherwise provided by the President and subject to such limitations and exceptions as the President may authorize and prescribe, it shall be unlawful for any citizen of the United States to depart from or enter, or attempt to depart from or enter, the United States unless he bears a valid United States passport.

You can visit the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general in order to apply for a passport renewal or, in the case of imminent travel, an emergency passport with limited validity.

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