This is a privately owned website and not a government agency. Click to learn more.

Can I return to USA with an US Passport which will be expired within five months?

Question: Can I return to the USA with a US Passport which will expire within five months?


Answer: Yes, you can return to the United States with a passport that will expire five months later. Note, however, that you may not be allowed to depart the U.S. if your destination is a country which follows the six month passport validity rule.

Many countries require your passport to have at least six months of validity before they will grant you permission to enter. Since not all countries have this requirement, it is important that you verify the foreign entry requirements for the places you plan to visit.

If you discover that you need to renew your passport, then click the link below for instructions on how to apply.

Get Passport Renewed

Comments for Can I return to USA with an US Passport which will be expired within five months?

Click here to add your own comments

Returning
by: Anonymous

Question: I want to return to the US am 19 yrs old but my passport is expired 2 years ago.

Answer: Contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general for information about getting a new passport.

Child passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello, my daughter has US and Israeli passports. Her US passport expires in 5 month. We plan to travel to Israel in 2 weeks till mid of Nov 2016. Will she be able to enter US back with her almost expired US passport?

Answer: Yes, she will. A U.S. passport is valid for entry to the United States up the date of expiration.

passport expire
by: Anonymous

Question: I will be traveling to Costa Rica this month for 2 weeks. My passport expires next month. Will I have a problem entering back home?

Answer: A U.S. Passport only need to be valid for the duration of stay in Costa Rica. You should not have a problem entering nor returning to the United States.

Child's passaport
by: Anonymous

Question: I tried to travel to US with my family (we are living abroad) but at the airport we found out that my little daughter passport was expired and even with her US birth certificate they did not let us travel. I am wondering if it is the right procedure. Thanks

Answer: Airlines can deny boarding if the passenger does not have a valid passport.

Continuing to live in China
by: Anonymous

Question: I am a teacher in China and my passport will expire next September.If I want to continue working in China how can I get a new passport and retain my current passport with a legal residency sticker.

Answer: You can apply for a passport renewal at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general. When renewing a passport, your previously-issued passport will be cancelled and returned to you.

Concerning the residency sticker, you need to contact the China's immigation services to discover whether or not you need to have it transferred to the new passport.

Passport 6 months validity
by: Anonymous

Question: When I leave US for vacation to Thailand and India passport has 6 months validity but when I return it has less than 6 months, do I need to renew?

Answer: A U.S. passport only needs to be valid at time of entry to the United States. No additional validity is required.

Passport renewal
by: Anonymous

Question: I am returning to the USA in September from UK and my passport expires Feb 12th 2017. Does it need to be renewed before my return?

Answer: No, it does not. A U.S. passport only needs to be valid at time of entry to the United States.

Travel Worries
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, I am a US citizen (minor) that will be traveling to South Korea in the month of July. However,my passport will expire approximately 10-15 days after my arrival back on US soil. What are my options? Furthermore, as a minor I need both parents consent to renew. However, one of my parents is currently on a business trip. Any solutions?

Answer: Your passport only needs to be valid for the duration of your stay in South Korea and reentry to the United States. You can apply for a new passport after your trip.

There is time to renew your passport before the trip using expedited service if you prefer. Since one parent cannot be present at the time you submit your application form, that parent can send you a notarized consent form. This can be obtained at any U.S. embassy or consulate general.

Traveling to U.S. From New Zealand
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter is traveling to U.S. in July after living in New Zealand. Her passport expires in July. Will she be ok?

Answer: Your daughter needs to verify the exact day in July that her passport will expire. If it expires before her trip to the U.S., she will need to renew it before traveling. She can do this at the U.S. Embassy in Wellington or the U.S. Consulate General in Auckland.

Passport renewal
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport expires May 2017 but I'm traveling internationally between December 2016 and January 2017. Do I need to renew my passport before December?

Answer: The answer depends on your destinations. Many countries require a U.S. passport have at least 6 months validity beyond the duration of stay as an entry requirements. Other countries only require 3 months of validity and there are some that only require your passport be valid at the time of entry. Please check the entry requirements for the countries you plan to visit.

passport validity
by: Anonymous

Question: Traveling to Poland through Berlin on March 21 to 31, 2016. My passport expires on June 26, 2016. Will I have a problem getting on plane? Do I need to renew my passport through Fastport agency?

Answer: Poland requires your passport be valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area. Although close, we recommend you apply for a passport renewal before your trip.

You can submit your passport application at a regional agency if you live near one and have the time. Call 1-877-487-2778 to schedule an appointment.

If you prefer, you can employ the services of a registered passport courier such as Fastport Passport.

passport validity
by: Anonymous

Question: I am traveling to Mexico on 3/28/16 and my passport expire on August 2016. Do I need to renew it?

Answer: It is not necessary to apply for a passport renewal before your trip. Mexico only requires your passport be valid for the duration of your stay.

information
by: Anonymous

Question: My niece is in Costa Rica and her passport will expire in December 2016. When is the last day that she can come back to the United States before her passport expire?

Answer: A U.S. passport only needs to be valid at time of entry to the United States. So, the last day she can return to the United States is the day her passport expires.

travel to USA with a US passport via Frankfurt from italy
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. I am a US citizen travelling back to USA with a passport that will expire within a month with a transfer in Frankfurt airport. Will I have problems at the airport?

Answer: You should not have problem with your passport since it is a transfer. However, we recommend you contact the airlines to verify.

Nicaragua Travel
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport expires December 2015 and I am traveling to Nicaragua Sept 2015 for one week. The site says that Nicaragua doesn't have the 6 months validity rule but will I be able to enter the US upon return if it expires in December?

Answer: Your passport only needs to be valid at time of reentry to the United States. No additional validity is required.

Passport expiring
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport expires on November 25, 2015. I am leaving for Scotland and Ireland on August 25, 2015 and returing on September 8. Is this a problem?

Answer: It should not be a problem. Ireland requires your passport be valid at time of entry and Scotland only requires it be valid for the duration of your stay. You can renew your passport when you return to the United States.

Cabo trip July, passport expires in December
by: Chris

Question: Hi, I'm traveling to Mexico for 3 days only Cabo San Lucus and noticed my passport will expire in Dec 2015. Do I need to renew my passport when I'm only staying for 3 days for vacation on 7/8-7/10?

Answer: Your passport only needs to be valid at time of entry to Mexico and reentry to the United States. You can apply for a renewal after your trip.

Traveling to Mexico
by: Chris

Question: Hi, I'm traveling to Mexico for 3 days only Cabo San Lucus and noticed my passport will expire in Dec 2015. Do I need to renew my passport when I'm only staying for 3 days for vacation?

Answer: Your passport only needs to be valid at the time of entry. No additional validity is required to travel to Mexico.


Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Passport Expiration FAQ.

Top 5 Questions About Expedited Passport Couriers

Latest Passport & Travel Updates

Emergency Passport Renewal
How to get an emergency passport renewal in the U.S. or abroad. Discover the steps to renew your passport the same day.

How to Renew a U.S. Passport Fast
Learn to expedite passport renewals as quickly as the same day. Where and how to renew passport in a hurry.

Make Your Own Passport Photos
Use the online Passport Photo Wizard tool to make your own passport photos in minutes. Save money and time.

Passport Renewal Videos
Watch step-by-step instructional passport videos of how to renew a passport in 3 steps.