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How can I renew my passport from South Korea?

Question: I am currently living in South Korea and working as an English teacher. My passport expires in March next year, but I will be back in the U.S. for a one-month visit in January.


I am also planning to travel to India for 10 days in February. I need a new passport in order to apply for an Indian visa.

How can I get my passport renewed while I'm in Korea? Is it possible to renew it by mail from here AND have my new passport back before my trip home in January?

Thank you!

Answer: You do not need to wait until your return to the U.S. nor mail your application for a passport renewal to the United States. In fact, applying to get a passport in only one month while in the States may require you to pay the additional expedited service fee.

You can renew your passport through the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. There is an online appointment service. If you live closer to Busan, the U.S. Embassy sends representatives there on a bi-monthly basis.

Applications are sent to the United States for processing. According to the embassy website, it takes approximately 2-3 weeks for your passport to be renewed.

To begin the process, click the link below.

Passport Renewal at U.S. Embassy in Seoul

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