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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.

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Passport Expiration
by: Anonymous

Question: My mother is a U.S. citizen and is currently in Iran, her passport expires in 2 months. Can she enter USA 6 months within the expiration date?

Answer: A valid U.S. passport is required to re-enter the United States. If your mother's passport expires before her return, she needs to apply for a renewal. The Swiss Embassy’s Foreign Interests Section provides consular services to U.S. citizens in Iran. The address is listed below:

Foreign Interests Section
Embassy of Switzerland
No. 39, Shahid Mousavi St.
Golestan 5th, Pasdaran Ave.
Tehran, Iran

Phone:
+98 21 22 54 21 78
+98 21 22 56 52 73

4 months left on my passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport expires August of this year. However, I am taking a school group from April 8-17, 2017 to Ireland. Will Ireland permit me to enter the country with less than 6 months left on my passport?

Answer: Your passport has sufficient validity for your trip. Please contact the airlines to confirm travel document requirements.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: We are travelling to the Philippine from 6/9 thru 6/22, my son's US passport will expire in Oct. 2017. Will he have any problems entering the US?

Answer: Your son's passport has sufficient validity for entry to the United States.

Visiting Vietnam and return to the US
by: visiting Vietnam

Question: I plan to visit Vietnam for a few months and return to the US. Upon my return date, I have exactly 2 months before my US Passport expire.

Is that OK?

Answer: You must have a valid passport and a visa (or pre-approval for a visa on arrival) to enter Vietnam. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay and you must have at least one blank visa page. You need to renew your passport before your trip to Vietnam

Passport expires 7 days after my return
by: Maximo

Question: I am a US permanent resident. I intend to travel to Guatemala at the end of March but my Guatemalan passport expires 7 days after my return date. I'm afraid I will have problems entering back to the US. What should I do?

Answer: You should have no problems reeentering the United States as long as your permanent resident card is valid.

Returning to US on the day my passport expires
by: Dory

Question: I'm in Canada and my US passport will expire in a few days—on the exact day I plan to return (I can't return earlier). Will I be okay to travel on that day?

Answer: Your U.S. passport only needs to be valid at time of reentry to the United States.

Returning to the US the day passport expires
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello,

My son's US passport expires the day that our family returns to the states from Mexico. Will there be any issues? I'm afraid we will not receive a new passport in time for our trip in two weeks.

Answer: A US passport only needs to be valid at time of reentry to the United States. If you will be traveling by air, we recommend you contact the airlines to confirm travel document requirements.

Travel to Germany on soon-to-expire passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Traveling to Germany on March 3, 2017 and returning back home to US on April 30, 2017. My passport is expiring on July 23, 2017. Should I be concerned about entering back into US?

Answer: You should not be concerned about reentering the United States, however, your passport does not meet Germany's passport validity requirement. Germany requires a passport be valid for 3 months beyond the length of stay. The U.S. Department of States recommend your passport have 6 months of validity beyond your departure from the Schengen area before traveling to Germany. We recommend you renew your passport before you travel. Since you have less than two weeks, you need to apply for expedited service at a regional agency.

Revoked passport
by: me

Question: Can I return back to the USA if my passport is revoked due to child support arrears?

Answer: Please contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general for answers to questions about U.S. passports while abroad.

Traveling to Cancun for 4 days foreign passport will expire in less than 6 months at the time of trip
by: Anonymous

Question: I am a US permanent resident living in Los Angeles. My Philippines passport is going to expire in May 2017. My husband an I are planning to travel to Cancun just for 5 days max from April 1-5, 2017. Will I be okay to enter Mexico and back to the USA? Thanks.

Answer: You should have no problem entering Mexico and returning to the United States. We recommend you contact the airlines to confirm travel document requirements.

Passport validity
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport expires on March 17, 2017. I'm going to Dominican Republic on February 12th and coming back the 18th. Will I have any problems entering the USA?

Answer: Your passport has sufficient validity for reentry to the United States.

passport expiration
by: Anonymous

Question: I am leaving tomorrow for Mexico. I am returning on Feb 10th. I just noticed that my passport expires on Feb 7th. Will I have a problem returning back to the US? What can I do?

Answer: According to the Consular Section of the Embassy of Mexico, your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay. If you will be flying to Mexico, you may not be allowed to board your flight. Please contact the airlines concerning this issue.

If you must renew your passport before you travel, you should visit the nearest regional passport agency. If you arrive very early, you may be issued a new passport the same day.

If you are allowed to travel, you should visit the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general in Mexico in order to renew your passport before you travel back to the United States. Processing of applications at these locations usually takes 2-3 weeks.

Returning to US
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm flying to India next week and then flying back home to the US the following week. My passport expires in 4 months. Will I have any problems returning home to the US?

Answer: Your passport only needs to be valid at time of entry when reentering the United States.

Passport validity
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, I'm an American living in Brazil and I just booked a flight to travel to the USA in May 2017 but I realized that my USA passport will expire in June 2017. Will I be able to enter the USA or do I need to renew my passport? Thank you.

Answer: You will be able to enter the USA with your current passport.

Traveled with original passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Due to a death in the family, I had to travel with my non expired passport from my country peru but my USA passport expired. Can I renew my USA passport at the U.S. Embassy in Peru?

Answer: Yes, you can. You must apply in person. The average time for processing a passport at the embassy is approximately 10-15 working days, from the time of the application. If you have truly emergent travel which is not possible to reschedule, and you are traveling within the next 72 hours, you may be seen on a walk-in basis any day the Embassy is open.

U.S. Embassy in Lima
Avenida La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n
Surco, Lima 33, Peru
Telephone: (51-1) 618-2000

Traveling with a soon-to-expire passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello, I'm in Europe and I will stay my 90 days traveling around. My only concern is that my passport expires on August 2017 but I will be leaving the second week of March. That's five months from my passport expiring. Will I have any problems entering the US? I am an American citizen. Also, my flight is booked with Turkish airlines with one stop in Turkey. Will I have any problems with them for my passport being five month from expiration?

Answer: There should be no problem leaving Europe or entering the United States. If you do not plan to stay in Turkey, there should be no problem. If you plan to spend time in Turkey, you should renew your passport before you travel there. You can do this at any U.S. embassy or consulate general. We recommend you contact the airlines to confirm travel document requirements.


Passport Expired September 2016
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello I will be traveling to Mexico on the 20th by ground and be flying in on Dec 27. My passport expired Sep 2016. Will I have a problem coming back to the United States? I am a United States citizen. Help please. Thank you.

Answer: Mexico requires you have a valid passport in order to enter the country. You need to apply for a passport renewal before you travel. Since you only have about a week before you travel, you need to expedite the passport application at a regional agency or through a registered courier service.

Living in Mexico
by: Anonymous

Question: I am in Mexico living and I want to travel to US but my passport expired 4 months ago and I want to know if I can go to us on Christmas days.

Answer: Please visit the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general to apply for a new passport before you travel to the United States. If there is not enough time to obtain a regular passport, you can get an emergency, limited-validity passport which can be replaced for a full-validity passport at a later date.

Passport Expiration
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughters' passports will expire on Jan 3, 2017 and we're going to travel to Toronto, Canada on Christmas Day and return on Dec 29. Is there going to be problem entering Canada? They are dual citizens but they only have US passports. Can they travel with both US passports & Canadian birth certificates?

Answer: You should be okay if you travel by land. Canada only requires proof of citizenship for entry and US passports only need to be valid at time of reentry.

If you plan to travel by air, we recommend you contact the airlines to confirm travel document requirements.

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.


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