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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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Passport is expired, living in Venezuela
by: Anonymous

Question: My sister is an American citizen and we live in Venezuela. Her passport expires this month and the U.S. Embassy here closed. Can she travel to the USA with her expired passport to renew it?

Answer: She may have issues boarding a flight to the United States without a valid passport. Please contact the embassy at VenezuelaEmergencyUSC@state.gov or call 1-202-501-4444 for assistance.

dual citizen (minor), non-U.S. passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My 5-year-old daughter is both a citizen of Sweden and the U.S. but lives mainly in Sweden. She is coming to visit during the summer but her U.S. passport is expired. Can she enter the U.S. with only her Swedish Passport? Or will she be denied entry?

Answer: As a U.S. citizen, your child is required to enter the United States with a U.S. passport. While she will not be expressly denied entry, she may face considerable delays which may be stressful for a 5-year-old child. Please apply for a new passport for your child at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm before your trip.

Expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I travel back to the USA from land border with my citizenship certificate and my driver license? My passport has expired and the next available appointment is too late.

Answer: Citizens age 16 and older need a valid passport book, card or any other WHTI-compliant document to re-enter the United States by land. While you will not be express denied entry to the country with the documents you mentioned, you may face considerable delays at the border.

Expired passport
by: Rasha

Question: I am at the airport in Jordan and my 6 years old U.S. passport is expired. My trip is in 2 hours. What can I do?

Answer: You need to postpone your trip and renew your passport at the U.S. Embassy in Amman. While you may be allowed to board the flight, you will face considerable delays an/or possible denial of entry when you arrive in the United States.

Expired Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, I am a Canadian resident living in Canada but have an expired Venezuelan passport and a valid US visa. Can still enter the US?

Answer: You need a valid passport in order to enter the United States.

I’m currently in Canada, my passport is almost expired
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, I’m a U.S. citizen currently in Vancouver, Canada and my 6-month stay is almost up. My passport expires July 15th. Can I enter the U.S.in May? Then I can renew my passport?

Answer: You may re-enter the United States as long as your passport is valid.


Expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, I have dual citizenship (Mexican-American) and I have been in Mexico the past year, I just now realized that my passport is expired. Can I cross the border with my expired passport and birth certificate?

Answer: You need to renew your U.S. passport at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or any of the U.S. Consulates located all over Mexico before you travel back to the United States.

Expired passport living in Mexico
by: Anonymous

Question: My ex wife took my children to live with her in Mexico when they where still very little. Now they want to come back to the United States but their passports are expired and are minors. They are 13 yrs and younger they will be traveling through land. Can they be denied entry?

Answer: If the children can present proof of U.S. citizenship like their birth certificates in addition to the expired passports, they should be allowed re-entry. Please contact the CBP to confirm entry requirements.

Mexico to The U.S
by: Jelly

Question: I’m currently in Mexico and realized my passport is going to expire. Will they let me on the fight back to the U.S if my passport is going to expire in 2 days?

Answer: Yes. You should be able to re-enter the United States as long as your passport is valid.

Expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I have green card in order but my passport has expired and I am going back to my country to visit and also renew my passport. Can l leave the U.S with an expired passport?

Answer: A valid passport is required to board an international flight.

Re-entry with expired passport
by: Carlos

Question: My 5-year-old daughter has an expired U.S. passport; she has also a Venezuelan passport. We are planning to go to the U.S. Can she re-enter with an expired U.S. passport and a Venezuelan one? We don't have an embassy here right now.

Answer: As a U.S. citizen, your child is required to enter the United States with a valid U.S. passport. For all inquiries about American Citizens Services, email VenezuelaEmergencyUSCATstate.gov or call 1-202-501-4444.

Expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I have dual citizenship and holdi a valid Trinidad and Tobago passport and a U.S. passport which expired last January. Can I travel to Trinidad with my valid Trinidad passport and return to USA with both the valid Trinidad passport and the expired U.S. Passport as proof of citizenship?

Answer: You cannot. As a U.S. citizen, you are required by law to depart and re-enter the United States using a valid U.S. passport. You may only use your Trinidad passport to enter and depart Trinidad and Tobago.

Please renew your U.S. passport before your trip.

Minor with expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: We are in Mexico and just realized my 10 yr old’s passport expires one day before we head back. Will she be allowed or be denied entrance? She’s a US Citizen.

Answer: If traveling by air, your daughter needs a passport to board the aircraft headed to the United States. If crossing the border by land, questions may arise but she will not be expressly denied re-entry.

Cross
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I cross by land to Mexico with a expired passport but have proof with a birth certificate or ID?

Answer: You need a valid passport book, card or any other WHTI-compliant document to cross the border to Mexico and get back in the United States.

Expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I am Mexican. My Mexican passport expired this month. I have an appointment in April to renew my VISA. Can I enter the United States with an expired passport? Or what documents can I present? Thanks.

Answer: You need a valid passport to enter the United States. Please contact the CBP for more information.

Dual citizenship / expired U.S. passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I have dual citizenship (USA/Germany) and living in Germany. My U.S. passport expired but my German passport is up to date. Will I have problems entering the U.S. for visiting purposes?

Answer: As a U.S. citizen, you are required to enter the United States with a valid U.S. passport. Please apply for a renewal at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin or any of the U.S. Consulates in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig, and Munich.

Disabled person stuck in mexico
by: Anonymous

Question: My mom went to Mexico for 2 weeks and didn't realize her passport had expired by the time she was scheduled to come back. She is a senior citizen and disabled. Is there anything she can do to speed things up and get a permit or something?

Answer: Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or any of the U.S. Consulates located all over Mexico for assistance in sending your mother back to the United States.

Dual citizen with expired US passport
by: Santiago

Question: Hi, we live in Mexico and my child (8 yrs; born in the USA) has an expired U.S. passport and a valid Swiss passport. We plan to travel to the U.S. on April. Is it possible for my child to enter the US with her Swiss passport and her U.S. certificate of birth?

Kind regards.

Answer: Hi, Santiago. As a U.S. citizen, your child needs to enter the United States with a valid U.S. passport. Please apply for your child's new passport at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or any of the U.S. Consulates located all over Mexico.

VENEZUELAN WITH A PASSPORT ABOUT TO EXPIRE
by: AnonymousELSA

Question: I'm Venezuelan and I'm planning to visit the USA. My passport expires on the 30th of this month. Can I travel to the USA?

Answer: Yes, you can as long as you plan on leaving the United States before your passport expires. Please contact the CBP for confirmation.

Expired passports
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. My 13 and 12-year-old American citizen children's passports are expired. Can they travel to Peru with their birth certificates?

Answer: They cannot. They need valid U.S. passport books to enter Peru.

Permanent resident
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a trip in 2 weeks to Tijuana and just realized my passport is expired. My permanent resident card is up to date tho. Will I be denied entry?

Answer: You need a valid passport in order to travel overseas.

6-month rule in Republic of Ireland
by: Erik

Question: I will be returning from a two-week trip to Ireland in early October, which is under six-months from the date my passport expires by less than a week. Will I have a problem entering Ireland under those circumstances?

Answer: There should not be any issues. Your U.S. passport only needs to be valid upon entry and for the duration of your stay in Ireland.

US ENTRY PASS
by: Anonymous

Question: I am an American citizen with an expired passport. I want to travel back to the U.S. but can't renew my passport right now due to incomplete child support payments. How or what documents do I need to travel back?

Answer: You need to contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate located in the country you are currently in for assistance in securing a document that will allow you to re-enter the United States.

Expired passport
by: Jamaican

Question: Hi I am a permanent resident and planned a trip to Jamaica. It was only after getting to the airport I realized my passport has expired. It won’t be possible for me to renew it while in Jamaica due to time constraints. My green card hasn’t expired. Will I have an issue returning to the US with an emergency travel document?

Answer: Please contact the U.S. CBP regarding re-entry.

1 day late
by: Anonymous

Question: I am leaving for the UK on 2/28 and returning 3/5. My passport expires on 3/4. I can expedite a new passport but it won't happen before I leave.

Answer: You will have issued boarding a flight back to the United States with an expired passport. You may still expedite through the following methods:

1. Apply at a regional passport agency ASAP. Appointments are typically required but you may try to walk in with your application if none is available. Please make sure to arrive before the agency opens to increase your chances of securing a slot. In addition to the renewal requirements, you have to present proof of immediate international travel.

2. You can apply through a private passport expediter like Fastport Passport. They can get your passport in as fast as the same day with little effort on your part -- no going early and no waiting in line.

Passport card expired
by: Anonymous

Question: I have dual citizenship and currently living in Mexico.I may have to travel to the USA in some weeks, I was told that I could cross by presenting the expired passport and my birth certificate, it's that true?

Answer: You need to present a valid passport in order to enter the United States.

Passport expiration
by: Barbara

Question: Hi, I have dual citizenship (American and Mexican) and I am currently living in Mexico.
I will be travelling to the U.S. on March 4th and will be back to Mexico on March 25th. My U.S. passport will expire on May 12. My Mexican passport expires in 2026. Will I have problems entering the U.S. (does the six month rule apply for American citizens?) Thank you.

Answer: You should not have issues entering the United States as long as you arrive with a valid U.S. passport.

Dual citizen
by: Anonymous

Question: I have 2 passports (dual citizen) and my U.S. passport recently expired BUT my other passport is up to date. I'm meant to travel in less than 3 weeks and wanted to know if i could just travel with my other passport instead.

Answer: You may enter your destination country with your foreign passport but as a U.S. citizen, you are bound by law to depart and re-enter the United States using a U.S. passport. You need to apply for expedited renewal to get a new U.S. passport in time for your trip.

Almost expired
by: Anonymous

Question: My U.S. passport expires in February 3 but I am outside the United States. Can I enter the United States the same it it expires? Thank you.

Answer: Yes, you can. You may enter the United States without issue up to 11:59PM of the day your passport expires.

US Citizen - Soon to Expire Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. My U.S. passport expires on May 22nd. I want to go to India for two weeks, returning back to US February 2nd week. Can I enter the U.S. without any issues?

Answer: There should be no issues returning to the United States as long as you arrive with a valid U.S. passport.

Re-Entry To US from Canada
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello - I have a trip planned to Canada this upcoming week (1/24 - 1/27) and just realized that my passport expires 4/3/19. I've heard different things...but my question is if I'll have trouble getting back into the US since my passport expires in less than 3 months?

Answer: There shouldn't be ant issues crossing the border from Canada back into the United States as long as you arrive with a valid passport.

Philippine Passport and Green Card
by: Xepher

1-877-487-2778 Hello. I have a Brown Philippine Passport that expires Feb 05 this year. I renewed December 20th last year and they said it might take 4-6 weeks since it's the electronic one.

I have work trip from Jan 22nd-27th to Cancun, Mexico and I also have a valid green card expires 01/19/27. Can I still travel? How long does it usually take for foreign passports to be released? Also, do I need extension for this trip or visa to travel to Mexico? I don't know if my new passport will be released before I leave. What are my options?

Answer: U.S. permanent residents may travel to Mexico and get back to the United States with valid passports and green cards. Please contact the Embassy of Mexico to verify requirements specific to Philippine passport holders.

Expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter who is 12 years old has an expired passport card, I applied for a passport book but it was denied because her father did not sign the special form. There is no place to find him. I was planning to travel by land to Mexico, can she re-enter the U.S?

Answer: According to the CBP, U.S. citizen minors may enter the country from Mexico by land or sea with his/her original U.S. birth certificate or other form of citizenship document.

Passport expiration
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello, I am permanent resident of the U.S. who is a Lithuanian passport holder. We are planing trip to Mexico on 1/5 till 1/12. My passport will expire on 1/21 my but green card will expire in 2025. Will there be an issue with re-entry to the U.S? Thank you.

Answer: You should be able to re-enter the United States as long as your passport and green card are valid.

6-year-old's expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter's passport expired December 29 last year and will be traveling by land back to the U.S. from Mexico. Will she be denied re-entry?

Answer: While she will not be expressly denied re-entry, questions may arise that may cause considerable delays. It will be best to obtain a new passport for her beforehand.

Penalty fees for expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My son (American citizen) is in Honduras. His passport is expired. How can he return to the United States? Are there fees/penalties to pay and how much are they?

Answer: There are no penalties but your son needs to apply for a new passport before he can travel back to the United States. Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa for assistance in obtaining the passport.

US passport expires in 4 months
by: Anonymous

Question: My U.S. passport expires in April 2019. Can I travel to Hong Kong in February 2019 and return to the US by the end of March 2019?

Answer: The answer depends on when in April your passport will expire. Hong Kong requires that your passport be valid for a month beyond your intended stay. If you still have a month on your passport after your exit, you should be okay. If not, you need to renew your passport before your trip.

Expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My 8-year-old daughter has an expired passport. If she travels to Mexico, will she be able to re-enter? She’s a U.S. citizen.

Answer: While your child will not be expressly denied re-entry to the United States, she may face delays at the border which can be quite stressful for a child.

Also, a valid passport book is required for air travel regardless of the passenger's age.

CRUISE TO MEXICO ON EXPIRED PASSPORT (GREEN CARD HOLDER)
by: Anonymous

Question: My 15 year-old daugther's passport expired recently and we are planning to go on a cruise to Ensenada, Mexico. She has a valid green card.

Can she re-enter the States considering the trip is by sea? Thanks.

Question: It is highly recommended that all travelers be in possession of a valid passport when going overseas, even if only by sea. Please contact the cruise line or the CBP for requirements.

Entry to USA
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. My son's U.S. passport is expiring in October next year and he will be flying back to the USA in May. Since October is less than 6 months from May, will he be allowed to enter the country?

Answer: Yes, he will be. U.S. citizens will be allowed to enter the United States as long as their passports are valid.

Re entry to US
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi,

I'm a Green Card holder with a Philippine passport. I'm travelling to Mexico on January 2019 and my passport will expire May 2019, leaving me 4 months. Will I have any issues returning to the U.S?

Answer: There should not be an issue as long as you arrive with a valid passport and green card. Please contact the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for more information.

Travel enquiry
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter who is an American citizen currently living outside the USA is going to the US for a school trip for 2 weeks in February. Her American passport expires in April 2019. Can she use the passport to travel or do I have to renew her passport before she travels?

Answer: Your daughter may enter the United States as long as her U.S. passport is valid.

Expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I’m 16 years old and my passport expired last year, can I still enter the U.S. through the Mexican border?

Answer: All U.S. citizens age 16 and older need a valid passport book, card or any other WHTI-compliant to re-enter the United States.

Expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I’m planning to visit Canada with my mom. She 74 years old but her passport expired last month. Can she use the citizenship certificate to enter the Canada and return back to U.S? Will she get any trouble with that?

Answer: While U.S. citizens age 16 and over may enter Canada using only proof of U.S. citizenship, a valid passport book, passport card or any other WHTI-compliant document is required to re-enter the United States. This is to ensure that safety and security for all U.S. citizens.


Expired passport
by: Anonymousb

Question: Can I exit the U.S. to El Salvador with an expired passport? My mother is sick and my flight is today afternoon, I don't have time to expedite a new one. Thank you.

Answer: I'm sorry to be the bearer of more bad news but you need a valid U.S. passport to depart the United States via air.

Expired Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My 8-year-old daughter's passport expired last year and she has to go back to the U.S. She is a U.S citizen. Would she be able to with a birth certificate?

Answer: Your daughter needs a passport to re-enter the United States unless she is arriving from Canada or Mexico.

U.S. citizen minor
by: Anonymous

Question: Can a U.S. citizen minor be denied entry into the U.S. with 3 months left on a U.S. passport?

Answer: All U.S. citizens may enter the United States as long as their passports are valid.

Passport validity
by: KHALED

Question: I am a U.S. citizen currently in Saudi Arabia. I will be flying back to the U.S. 01 Feb and my passport expires 28 Jun 2019. Will I be able to enter the U.S. without any problems considering the 6 month passport rule?

Answer: You should be able to re-enter the United States as long as you arrive with a valid passport.

Can I leave with a Mexican passport!?
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport expired a few days ago, but i need to leave for Mexico because of a family emergency. I have both Mexican and American passports, can i use my Mexican passport to leave the United States and renew my US passport in Mexico?

Answer: As a U.S. citizen, you need to depart the United States using your American passport. Since you have an emergency, you may apply for a renewal at a regional passport agency and get your passport in 1 to 8 business days. In addition to the renewal requirements, you need to present proof of immediate travel to Mexico.


SIx Month Rule
by: Anonymous

Question: My mom is from Venezuela, she is planning to come in February and stay for 2 months. Her passport will expire in September. But if she is planning to go back to Venezuela in May, her passport will have less than 6 months before it expires. Is this still OK? Is the Six Month Rule only for the arriving? Thank you very much.

Answer: Your mother's passport should be acceptable since it will be valid for the duration of her stay in the United States.

Resident with expiring passport
by: Carlos

Question: I am Venezuelan but a U.S. resident. I will travel outside the U.S. but when I come back my Venezuelan passport will expire in 2 days. Will there be a problem for re-entry? Thanks!

Answer: You should be able to re-enter the United States as long as you arrive with a valid green card and passport.

Expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I’m a Canadian citizen. Will I able to cross the U.S. border with my Canadian expired passport? I’m going to pass the border by car?

Answer: Please contact the U.S. Customs and Border Protection regarding entry to the United States.

U.S. entry
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm an American citizen living in México. If I'm traveling back by land, can I return and pass the border if I present social security #, ID and original birth certificate?

Answer: You need a valid passport book or passport card in order to enter the United States from Mexico by land.

Emergency re-entrance
by: Anonymous

Question: I have dual citizenship (United States and Mexico). I have been living in Mexico for the past 6 years and my U.S. passport is expired, however my Mexican passport is still valid. A family emergency has arisen and I need to go to the U.S. immediately. What can I do to get into the U.S.?

Answer: As a U.S. citizen, you need to re-enter the United States with a valid U.S. passport. Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or any of the U.S. Consulates located all over Mexico about renewing your passport.

Passport about to expire
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm traveling to Mexico and returning 11/9. My passport expires 2 days after my return date 11/11.
Will there be any issues for re-entry based on that?

Answer: You should be able to re-enter without issues as long as you arrive with a valid passport.

Re-entering the U.S.
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, My son was born in the U.S. and has a U.S. passport. We came to our home due to my office work and we are planning to return to the U.S. on work again. His passport expires in 2 months. Can he enter the U.S. without any issues or do I need to get his passport renewed in my home country? Thanks in advance.

Answer: Your son may re-enter the United States without issue as long as he arrives with a valid passport.

Wondering
by: Anonymous

Question: What if i have a valid passport and have all the info and photo of American passport but don't physically have it on me. I have a California ID, will they let me through and back?

Answer: The actual valid passport is required to travel overseas and back into the United States.

17-year-old crossing the border
by: Anonymous

Question: Currently living in Cancún, will be crossing the US border by car Sep 25th. Just realized my daughter’s passport expired few years ago. She’s a born U.S. citizen, 17 years old. Can she enter the US with her birth certificate? Not sure will have enough time to renew her passport.

Answer: At 17, your daughter now needs to present a valid passport book, card or any other WHTI-compliant to re-enter the United States.

Please contact the WHTI-compliant or any of the U.S. Consulates located all over Mexico for assistance in obtaining a new passport for her.

Expired Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My friend is still a resident but has an expired Philippine passport. Would she not be able to use it to go back and visit?

Question: A valid passport is required depart and re-enter the United States.

Traveling before passport expires
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a question. My father wants to travel to Quito, Ecuador on September 29 to October 2 this year. He recently became a U.S. resident (1 year ago) and has all his documents in order: green card, social security, etc. but his passport expires on October 18, 2018.

Will he be able to re-enter the US without any problems or should he reconsider and not take his trip? He'll be back from his trip exactly 2 weeks before his passport expires. Thank you for the feedback.

Answer: Your father may re-enter the United States as long as he arrives with a valid passport and green card. Please contact the CBP or the airline he is traveling with to confirm.

Re-enter with a birth certificate?
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello, I need more information for my husband. He is a U.S. citizen. We are trying to make a trip to Mexico and his passport is expired. Can he use his birth certificate to re-enter? It was expired last year, can he still use it?

Answer: He can no longer use his passport. A valid passport is required to enter Mexico and re-enter the United States. A valid passport card or any WHTI-compliant document will suffice if traveling by land or sea.

Expired passport
by: ashley

Question: I am traveling to Brazil and I’ll land back in the USA the day my passport expires. Will I have issues clearing customs in the USA if I’m a U.S. citizen?

Answer: You should be allowed re-entry to the United States up to 11:59PM of your passport's expiration date.

However, you should allow for delays which may change your travel dates. We recommend that you renew your passport before you travel to Brazil.

Passport about to expire
by: Anonymous

Question: My father is a U.S. resident, lives in Florida, and has a Venezuelan passport that expires on October 7th 2018. He wants to travel to Ecuador on September 29th to October 2nd 2018. Will he have any issues re-entering the States? Will he be permitted to enter the States? What can he do in that case?

Answer: U.S. permanent residents may re-enter the United States after temporary abroad as long as he arrives with a valid passport and green card. Please contact the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for more information.

Travel to Canada and back by car with expired U.S. passports
by: Anonymous

Question: I am a U.S. citizen planning to visit Canada by car but my U.S. passport is expired. My age is 20. Is that okay?

Answer: While you may enter Canada with just proof of U.S. citizenship plus ID, you need a valid passport book, card or any other WHTI-compliant document to re-enter the United States.

Daughter's passport is expired
by: Anonymous

Question: We have been in Mexico for 4 years and I have to go back. Can my daughter get on an airplane to go back with a expired passport? We both are US citizens.

Answer: A valid U.S. passport is required to board an aircraft bound to the United States. Please apply for your child's new passport at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or any of the U.S. Consulates located all over Mexico.

Child passport expired
by: Anonymous

Question: My child's passport has been expired for like a year. Can i still take her to the United States? We have been in Mexico for 4 years but now i want to go back the States. My child and I are U.S. citizens.

Answer: According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, when U.S. citizen children under the age of 16 arrive by land or sea from Canada or Mexico they may present an original or copy of their birth certificate.

Passport about to expire
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello. I am traveling to Cancun 8/16/18 through 8/19/18 and my passport expires on 9/16/18. Will I be okay for travel?

Answer: Yes, you will be okay for travel.

Question
by: Anonymous

Question: But I can’t go out of the country with my Panamanian passport?

Answer: You may be allowed to leave Panama but you will most likely be denied entry to the United States since your passport will expire before your planned date of departure.

Travel
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello. I am from Panama. If I still have a valid passport, can I travel to the United States? But the problem is the passport will expire while I am in the U.S. Will I be able to go out of the country?

Answer: In order to enter the United States, you need to present a passport that will be valid for at least the duration of your stay in the country. Please contact the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for more information.

Citizenship check at JFK
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello. I am going back to the US. For the past 2 times, they asked me to wait in the airport for a hour or so. Will that be repeated every time I enter the US? Thank you.

Answer: Considerable delays only happen when sufficient proof of U.S. citizenship is not available. If you arrive with a valid passport, there should be no issues.

Entering Canada and returning to U.S.A
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport expired in March 2018. I’m scheduled to drive to Canada on August 16. Would I be able to enter Canada and return to the U.S?

Answer: While you may enter Canada with only proof of citizenship, you need a valid passport book, passport card or any other WHTI-compliant document to re-enter the United States by land.

Will my passport be valid?
by: Anonymous

Question: I am a U.S. citizen currently in Mexico. I will be flying back to the US 9/1/18 and my passport expires 9/27/18. Will I be able to enter the US without any problems, considering the 6 month passport rule?

Answer: You should be able to re-enter the United States without issue as long as you arrive with a valid U.S. passport.

Almost expired US passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My U.S. passport expires in three weeks. Am I able to travel to Canada (today) on a three day trip?

Answer: Yes, you should be okay to travel to Canada and back using your current passport.

Non-citizens passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter is 14 years old now. We immigrated to the U.S in 2014 and now we want to go back to Vietnam to visit our family. We already got our 10 years green card but not yet becoming a U.S citizen. Her passport expired about a year ago and right now we’re planning to go to Vietnam, could she be able to go outside and travel back to the U.S with her expired passport?

Answer: A valid passport is required to board a flight departing from and going to the United States.

Urgent question.
by: Anonymous

Question: We are trying to go to Canada from Buffalo, NY. My little brother has a expired passport, he’s 15 years old. We are USA residents, can he re-enter the states without any problems? I have a travel consent, resident card & expired Ecuadorean passport.

Answer: Please contact Canada Border Service Agency and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for information.

Expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport is about to expire. I am an American in Ireland. I thought it was good until October but it expires in August. I am afraid to fly around September. If I wait until October, can I fly back to the States to renew my passport?

Answer: You will need a valid passport to board a flight back to the United States. You need to renew your passport at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin before you travel anywhere.

Minor's expired passport
by: Miller

Question: My daughter is 13 and we are travelling by car to/from Canada. Her passport is expired and we are leaving in a few days. Can she be admitted to Canada and then back into the US with expired passport + birth certificate?

Answer: Yes. Minors age 15 and under can travel to Canada and back to the United States with just evidence of U.S. citizenship (birth certificate).

Soon to expire
by: Anonymous

Question: My sister is 15 & a U.S citizen, we have a trip to Mexico this month and will be returning August 9th. The problem is her passport expires August 5th. Will she be able to leave the U.S as well as enter?

Answer: If you are traveling by land or sea, your sister may enter Mexico using her current passport and re-enter the United States with her U.S. birth certificate or any other proof of U.S. citizenship.

If you are traveling by air, your sister will need a valid U.S. passport to board an aircraft and re-enter the United States.

Expired passport of dual citizen minor
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. My child is a minor and a dual citizen (U.S. and Canadian). U.S. passport is expired. Can my child enter the US with an expired US passpsort and Consular Report of Birth Abroad? Or can she use her Canadian Passport to enter?

Answer: Your child may enter the United States with proof of U.S. citizenship which is her Consular Report of Birth Abroad.

Issuing a new passport regardless of your residence country
by: Anonymous

Question: If my child is minor and I am not U.S. Citizen and we are not living in the U.S. and his passport expired and we are currently on vacation abroad, can I get him a new passport from the nearest embassy regardless of what country we have residence in? Will any nearby embassy serve us regardless if I am resident or not?

Answer: Yes, the U.S embassies will assist U.S. citizens whether or not they are residents of tourists of the country they are in.

Expired US passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My children have dual citizenship (Venezuelan and American). Their U.S passports expired in April, they are 18 and 11. We plan on traveling this summer to the U.S. Can they enter with an expired US passport and renew it in the U.S?

Answer: Both your children need to apply for new passports before traveling back to the United States.

Expired passport and my birth certificate?
by: Anonymous

Question: I am 16 years old with dual citizenship (Mexico and United States) and my passport expired a couple months ago. I need to travel to the US very soon. Can I travel to the U.S. if i have a expired American passport and my American birth certificate?

Answer: You need a valid passport book, card or any other WHTI-compliant in order to enter the United States from Mexico. If traveling by air, you need a passport book to board a flight to the United States.

We recommend that you apply for a new passport at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or any of the U.S. Consulates located all over Mexico before you travel.

No passport, because I owe child support
by: Mary

Question: I have a friend that applied for a passport but was denied, because he owes child support. He would like to go back to Mexico for a visit. Would he be able to return with his paper.

Answer: A valid passport is required to re-enter the United States.

Dual citizen child with US passport expiring the day of US entry
by: Anonymous

Question: My 5-year-old is a dual citizen of the US and Costa Rica. We are traveling on 06/30/2018 to the U.S. from Costa Rica and discovered that her U.S. passport expires the same day 06/30/2018. Can she travel with her Costa Rican passport as valid ID and enter to the US with her US passport?

Answer: Yes, she can.

Expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi. I am traveling to Mexicali. I didn't realize my passport expired. Would it be a problem?

Answer: Yes, it will be a problem. U.S. citizens need valid passport books, cards or any other WHTI-compliant documents to enter Mexico and re-enter the United States.

Arriving same day passport expires
by: Anonymous

Question: Coming back from Aruba on 6/15/2018 with a passport that expires that same day (arriving at 6pm in U.S.) Will there be any issue?

Answer: There shouldn't be any issue.

Military overseas
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a valid us passport and a no-fee military passport. I am trying to fly emergency to the States but my children's (native U.S. citizens) regular passports expired two months ago. Their no-fee U.S. passports are current. Can they re-enter the USA?

Answer: Please contact the travel office of you installation regarding travel document requirements.

Flying out of Mexico to the U.S. with an expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I’m in Mexico at the moment and I came here by car with my uncle. We had planned to leave in two weeks but an emergency came up for my uncle and he is not leaving anytime soon. I need to get back home. I have an expired passport and I wanted to know if I could fly home like that? I would renew it but my parents are in the US.

Answer: A valid passport is required to board a flight to the United States.

Expired passport
by: ALameri

Question: My passport expired while I was in Yemen. I couldn't leave because of the 3 years and half war that is still going around the capital city SANAA.

In city of Aden, things are back to normal. Flights have resumed as well as everything else. My problem is that my passport is expired and have called the emergency number a lot of times. I was given phone numbers for the US embassy which is closed. I have confirmed this with the State Department.

I can't leave Yemen with an expired passport to the nearest US embassy in a near by country.
The war started 2015. When things got back to normal in the city I am currently in, I tried every possible way to get back. I am disabled and I need to follow-up with a doctor. My benefits have stopped because I can't do the medical review from here.

So please help me with any information regarding my case. Plese don't give phone number for US embassy in Sanna because there is nobody in at the embassy.

I was given those numbers and I have called and no one answers. I called the DEPARTMENT OF STATE and they confirmed that there is no one at the embassy.

Answer: The U.S. Department of State has designated the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt to handle American Citizens Services cases emanating out of Yemen.

Please contact them to make arrangements for renewing your passport.

5 Tawfik Diab Street
Garden City, Cairo
Egypt
Telephone: (20-2) 2797 3300
Fax: (20-2) 2797 3200

My passport expired 6 months ago
by: Ammar E

Question: The U.S. Embassy in Sana’a on Sa’awan Street is closed.

Answer: The U.S. Department of State has designated the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt to handle American Citizens Services cases emanating out of Yemen. Here's the address:

5 Tawfik Diab Street
Garden City
Cairo, Egypt
Telephone: (20-2) 2797 3300
Fax: (20-2) 2797 3200

Passport expiring soon
by: Anonymous

Question: My 5-year-old is travelling to Brazil, returning to Miami August 5. His U.S. passport expires August 6. Would we have a problem with him re-entering U.S. with a U.S. passport still valid with one day to go? Reason is that we might not have enough time to renew it before the trip.

Answer: There should be no issues re-entering the United States as long as the passport is valid upon arrival.

U.S. citizen child in Nicaragua with expired passport
by: John

I have a child with dual citizenship who lives in Nicaragua and has an expired U.S. Passport. The mother has been contacting the Embassy since late April, but cannot get anyone to help with the renewal.

Are there any other options?

The child has a valid Nicaragua passport, but no visa for the U.S. Does not need a visa, since he is a citizen?

Answer: Hello, John. All U.S. citizens are required to re-enter the United States using U.S. passports. The U.S. Embassy in Managua is the only issuing body for U.S passports in Nicaragua.

Expiration
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello. My passport expires June 23. It’s currently June 2, would I be allowed to enter Canada and then re-enter the US if I went from June 4-10.

Answer: Yes, you will be able to enter Canada and get back in the United States with your current passport.

Question
by: Anonymous

Question: My child's passport expired April 9th and we are planning to go to Mexico in July. I cannot renew because the other parent is no longer involved and we have no contact with her. What can I do?

Answer: In order to apply for your child's new passport without the other parent, you need to fill out Form DS-5525 and explain the situation in as much detail as possible. It will greatly help your case if you can also include proof of your efforts to reach out to the other parent regarding the application.

Please note that applications submitted with DS-5525 are processed on a case by case basis.

Trapped in Yemen
by: ADEL

Question: I traveled to Yemen to visit my family. I have 7 months on my passport when I arrived in the cite of Aden where my wife and some of my kids live. Three months later, a war started (August 2016). The U.S. embassy closed, leaving me trapped here with an expired passport, no flights and no help.

In 2017, the flights resumed but my passport is expired. It's bad that the nearest U.S. embassy is in Cairo, Egypt -- 4 hours flight.
The Egyptian authority would not allow a person with an expired passport to enter their country.

I need to go back home. It seems that the war is not going to stop soon and the U.S. embassy is not opening anytime soon. I got in contact with the U.S. Department of State
for any assistance but every time, I was told they have no plans for the US citizens who got trapped in Yemen.

Answer: Please call (967) 1 755-2000 (during regular office hours) or (967) 1 755-2170 (after hours) if you seek immediate repatriation to the United States.

Passport expired
by: mike

Question: I am a U.S. citizen and my passport expired while visiting in Nigeria. What would it cost to get an extension or renew it?

Answer: Passport renewal cost $110. Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or the Consulate General in Lagos for assistance.

Expired passport and a valid age of majority card
by: Anonymous

Question: So we wanted to go shopping in Michigan, however my sister's passport is expired. She does not drive but she has a card that they call an Age Majority Card that has her name and address.

Answer: Since the Real ID Act enforcement in January, TSA will only accept state-issued driver’s licenses or identification cards if they are issued by a REAL ID compliant state or a non-compliant state with an extension. As always, travelers may use alternate forms of identification such as a passport, military ID, or permanent resident card.

Please contact the TSA for more information.

Passport expired
by: Anonymous

Question: My son is 16 years old. He is in the USA. He entered the USA by a valid U.S. Passport. However recently his passport expired (on 7 of May). He is planning to leave the USA soon. Also, he has a valid passport of Kazakhstan.

Can he leave US with his Kazakhstan passport?
His expired US passport will be also with him.

Thank you.

Answer: As a U.S. citizen, he is required to depart the United States using a valid U.S. passport.

Minor 5 years old
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter has no SS #. We live in Mexico but she is a dual citizen. I’m renewing her passport next week in the USA. I only have 4 days and was told I can get it in 48 hours at the agency in San Diego. I read that she needs SS # on one form and another I read you just out none. She has had a passport for 5 years. Will we be okay?

Answer: You must submit a signed statement with the following words:

I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: (Child's full name) has never been issued a Social Security Number by the Social Security Administration.

Entering the US with a passport that expires soon
by: Anonymous

Question: I am traveling to the U.S. on July for 2 weeks with an Israeli passport. My child's passport will expire 2 weeks after we leave the U.S. Will there be any problem with that? Someone told me you need your passport to be valid for at least 3 months from date of entry to the U.S.

Answer: Israeli passport holders may enter the United States with a passport that will be valid for at least your planned duration of stay.

Please contact the Carrier Liaison Program of the CBP for more information.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My 5-year-old child's U.S. passport expires May 18th. I have planned a trip to San Diego May 14th, leaving from Mexico to renew her passport. Will she have any issues getting in the plane?

Answer: No, there should be no issue with your child getting on a plane and entering the United States.

Travel by land to Canada with expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter is 15 years and will be turning to 16. Her passport just expired a month ago. She is citizen of the United States by birth. Can she travel with us (parents) by car to Canada with an expired passport and her birth certificate? Thank you.

Answer: Minors age 15 and under may travel to Canada and back to the United States via land or sea with their birth certificates. Your daughter should be able to travel without issue.

Expired US passport, traveling back from Canada
by: Anonymous

Question: My U.S. passport expired. Can I travel back to the U.S. I have a valid U.S. driver's license and a global entry card.

Answer: If you are traveling by land or sea, you may use your Global Entry card to re-enter the United States. However, if you are traveling by air, you need a valid passport book.

Expiring password
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I fly to New York if my passport is expiring 4 days later?

Answer: Yes, you can. There is no validity requirement for domestic travel.

Expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I’m traveling from the Dominican Republic this coming week. I just realized that my passport has expired a month ago. Do you think I will be able enter the with an expired U.S. passport?

Answer: As a U.S. citizen, you will not be expressly denied entry to the United States. However, you will face considerable delays at the airport if you arrive with an expired U.S. passport as border officials verify your identity and citizenship. Also, you will most likely not be allowed to board the flight back to the U.S. without a valid passport.

Please renew your passport at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo before traveling back to the United States.

Passport expires 2 days after return
by: Anonymous

Question: I am scheduled to travel to Canada from the US on April 22nd and will be returning to the US from Canada on April 23rd. My passport expires April 25th. Will there be an issue with me entering Canada or returning to the US?

Answer: No, there will be no issues. You may travel to Canada and get back in the United States as long as your passport is valid.

My passport
by: Susie

Question: If I'm going to Mexicali Baja California on 14 April and my passport expires on 15 April am my going to be able to cross back to the United States?

Answer: You need a valid passport to get back in the United States.

Expiring passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport is Iraqi. Can I fly from the USA using this passport which expires on May 5th and be back on May 3rd?

Answer: If you are a green card holder, you can re-enter the United States as long as your passport is valid.

Re-entering the U.S.
by: Suzan J

Question: My passport will expire in May 5 2018. I have to come back to Kurdistan-Iraq in April 10th and be back on May 1st. If there is any problem, please let me know. Thanks.

Answer: You are required to present a U.S. passport valid for at least 6 months in order to enter Iraq. Based on this, you need to renew your passport before your trip.

Since you are leaving in just a little over 3 weeks, we recommend that you apply for expedited renewal to get your passport in time. Expedited service via mail takes 2 to 3 weeks to complete.

Expired Canadian Passport.
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport expired weeks ago and we need to cross from Canada via car. I have proof and a receipt that my passport renewal is being processed. I also have my expired Canadian passport and birth certificate. Will a U.S. Patrol Officer let me in to the country? I have confirmed that I can get back into Canada.

Answer: The U.S. Customs and Border Protection will only allow entry to the United States by land if you have one of the following:

Canadian passport
Enhanced Driver's License/Enhanced Identification Card
NEXUS, FAST/EXPRESS and SENTRI enrollment cards

Your receipt or expired Canadian passport will not suffice for entry to the U.S.

Passport expired in Mexico
by: Anonymous

Question: I traveled to Mexico but my U.S. passport expired while in the country. Can I re-enter the U.S?

Answer: You need a valid passport to re-enter the United States. Please renew your passport at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or in any of the U.S. Consulates located all over Mexico.

Entering the US with an expired UK passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I will be traveling to the UK as a UK citizen in a month from the US, the country I reside in. My UK passport will expire in the UK, if I don't have a new one buy then. Will I be able to return to the US with my up to date Permanent Resident card and my UK passport showing expired. This will mean my new UK passport will be in my apt when I return. Thank you.

Answer: You need a valid passport to board a flight back to the United States. You need to renew your passport and be in possession of the new one before you travel back to the U.S.

Expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I want to go from California to Tijuana, Mexico but my passport is expired. Will they let me re enter the US if my passport is expired?

Answer: All U.S. citizens are required to present a valid passport book, passport card or any other WHTI-compliant travel document to travel between the U.S. and Mexico by land or sea. You need a valid passport book to travel by air.

You need to renew your passport before going to Mexico.

Expired Canadian passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My sister's Canadian passport expired 2 days ago and she has a flight out of Buffalo tomorrow. Will she be able to cross the border?

Answer: A valid passport is required to board an aircraft.

Is it possible to return to the US with an expired passport?
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm leaving for Canada soon. I am 22 years old and my passport expired sometime ago and I couldn't get it renewed in time for my trip. Is it possible to enter Canada and return back to the U.S. with an expired passport? How long will it take for them to prove my citizenship if I choose to go back to the U.S. with an expired passport or my birth certificate?

Answer: You will be able to enter Canada with just evidence of U.S. citizenship and an ID. And while you will not be expressly denied re-entry to the United States, border officials may take some time. We cannot provide an exact time.

Expired USA passport / Valid Canadian Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I have both a U.S. and Canadian passport. I currently live in Canada but accepted a job in the USA. My U.S. passport expired 1 1/2 years ago. I need to fly to the U.S. in a few days. Will I be allowed to enter the USA for work purposes without a valid U.S. passport (but a valid Canadian passport)?

Answer: As a U.S. citizen, you are required to re-enter the United States using a U.S. passport. While you will not be expressly denied entry if you arrive with an expired passport, you need a valid passport in order to board an aircraft.

Can I go back to my country on an expire passport?
by: Anonymous

Question: I have been in Jamaica. My U.S passport has been expired for a year and couple months. Is it possible that I can go back home on this passport?

Answer: In order to board an aircraft, you need to present a valid passport. And even if you manage to get on a plane to the United States, you may have issues upon arrival . While you will not be expressly denied entry to your own country, you will face delays while officials verify your U.S. citizenship.

We recommend that you renew your passport at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica.

My son is a US citizen in UAE
by: Anonymous

Question: My son is a U.S. citizen but his U.S. passport expired on 24th of January 2018. His resident visa for the UAE is still valid. We have applied for renewal but his father is not in the UAE. I am expecting a notarized letter from the father because the one he sent was declined by the embassy. He was asked to get it from the U.S. embassy, Please advise me on what to do before the arrival of the notarized letter. My application is still with the U.S. embassy, I have already paid for the passport.

Answer: There's not much else to do but wait for the notarized consent to arrive in the mail.

Help
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm in Morocco traveling to France with an official American passport. Normally I must have 3 months on my passport. I have only 2. Can I go to France?

Answer: An official passport can only be used for travel in the line of duty. You need a civilian passport with at least three months validity remaining in order to travel to France as a tourist.

Expired Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I knew my passport was expired, however was not planning on leaving the States. We have to unexpectedly travel to Mexico today. Will I be denied entry into the US? I can take my expired passport, birth certificate and State issued ID.

Answer: U.S. citizens are required to present a valid U.S. passport book or card (land and sea travel) in order to enter Mexico. And while you will not be expressly denied re-entry to the United States when you arrive with an expired passport, birth certificate and state ID, you may face considerable delays at the border.

We recommend that you renew your passport at either the closest regional passport agency or through a private passport expediter to get it in time for your trip.

Can I enter the USA with an expired U.S. passport?
by: Alharbe

Question: My passport has been expired for almost 2 years. I am in Yemen now. I could not renew it here be cause of the war, as you know. I need help ASAP, please. Thank you.

Answer: As a U.S. citizen, you will not be expressly denied re-entry to the United States. There may be a delay while airport officials verify your U.S. citizenship. Having said that, you will still need a valid passport to be allowed to board an aircraft. You need to renew your passport or in the very least, secure a temporary travel document.

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt has taken over consular services for residents of Yemen. Please contact them for further assistance.

Expired passaport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, my passport was about to expire and I decided to renew it because of airline requirements in Mexico. I am traveling by land to Mexico and taking a national flight but my passport didn’t arrive. I have proof that I applied for a renewal. My main concern is re-entering the U.S. Would I be able to re-enter presenting my proof of renewal, birth certificate and I.D.? Thank you.

Answer: While you will not be expressly denied re-entry to the United States without a passport, you will most likely face delays while border officials verify your U.S. citizenship.

Child passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport is valid but my child's (12) expired in 2016. I didn't realize they were valid for only 5 years. We leave for Mexico tomorrow. Will they still allow her to travel if I bring her U.S. birth certificate?

Answer: All U.S. citizens, regardless of age, need a passport book, card or any other Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative-compliant document to enter Mexico. The same is required for re-entry to the United States.

You need to apply for a new passport for your child.

Getting back to the U.S. with an expired passport
by: Hussein

Question: My daughter ( 10 years old) has 2 passports: U.S and Jordanian. Her U.S. passport will expire on 12/23/2017 and I am traveling with her on 12/04/2017 and getting back on 06/01/2018. Will there be a problem getting back in to the USA with her expired passport? The Jordanian passport is valid. I don't have time to renew her passport now since it takes more than 2 weeks.

Answer: U.S. citizens are required by law to depart and re-enter the United States using their U.S. passports. While your daughter will be not denied entry when she arrives with an expired passport, you may face significant delays while border officials verify her identity and U.S. citizenship.

You may apply for your child's new passport and request expedited service at a regional passport agency. Agencies process applications in 1 to 8 business days as long as you can provide proof of immediate international travel in 2 weeks or less.

US Passport Issues
by: Anonymous

Question: My U.S. passport is at the UK immigration office and will be expired before I return to the U.S. What do I do?

Answer: You may renew your passport through the U.S. Embassy in London or any of the U.S. Consulates in the United Kingdom once you get it back from UK immigration. You will then have a valid passport when you travel back to the U.S.

Verifying US Citizenship
by: Loren

Question: I'm confused by a recent answer you gave. You wrote:

All U.S. citizens are required to be in possession of a valid U.S. passport upon re-entry to the United States. While U.S. citizens will not be denied entry, there may be some delay at the airport while the border officials verify your U.S. citizenship.

So in other words, you *can* re-enter the US with an expired passport, you will not be denied entry, but they will have to verify your citizenship which can cause a delay.

wouldn't my expired passport be sufficient to verify my US citizenship? Even if it's expired, I wouldn't have one unless I was a citizen. So what does this mean?

Answer: Hi, Loren. A U.S. citizen cannot be denied entry although it is recommended that a valid passport be presented. The problem is that airlines will not allow a passenger to board without a valid passport. So a valid passport is still a requirement.

If you are traveling by land from Mexico or Canada, you will be allowed to enter although you may be delayed.

Dual citizen with soon to expire passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My daughter is a dual citizen (Czech Republic and U.S.). We are leaving the U.S. 12/17/17 and coming back 1/6/2018. Her U.S. passport will expire 1/27/18 (21 days after the return). Her Czech passport is valid for 4 more years. Do you think she might have a problems leaving U.S. or coming back? Thank you.

Answer: No she will not. As a U.S. citizen, she is required to depart the United States on her U.S. passport. She may then enter and leave the Czech Republic using her Czech passport. She will not have issues re-entering the United States using her valid U.S. passport.

We recommend contacting the airline you are flying to verify travel document requirements.

I'm flying back to the us with an expired passport
by: Anonymous

Question: How long will it take to validate my citizenship by the boarder officials?

Answer: There is no set time frame on how long the border officials will take to validate your U.S. citizenship. This is the reason why it is recommended that you re-enter the United States with a valid U.S. passport - to avoid delays and other issues.

Going back to the U.S.
by: Anonymous

Question: My questions is I'm in Mexico; can I go back to the U.S. by airplane with my passport expired?

Answer: All U.S. citizens are required to be in possession of a valid U.S. passport upon re-entry to the United States. While U.S. citizens will not be denied entry, there may be some delay at the airport while the border officials verify your U.S. citizenship.

Work-Related Purposes
by: Anonymous

Question: So my question is if I need my passport for my job to identify me and it's expired and I need it within 24 hours, is there anyway I would be able to renew it or go around that?

Answer: An expired passport is still considered valid form of identification.

What if in the case of war?
by: Anonymous

Question: What if war breaks out in the country, and the only passport we have to re-enter USA is expired? Will they send us back to the country of war?

Answer: The U.S. Embassy or Consulate will be able to provide American citizens with emergency travel documents in cases of war or other situations that may endanger your life.

EU/US Dual Citizen
by: Anonymous

Question: I am flying into US on 10/24 which is also the date that my US passport expires. I am going back to the EU on 10/30. Can I travel with my EU passport and an ESTA since my US passport will no longer be valid when I depart?

Answer: By law, U.S. citizens are required to enter and depart the United States using their U.S. passports. With your situation, you have two options:

1) You can renew your U.S. passport before your trip. Please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate closest to your current location regarding renewals. Most embassies or consulates abroad process passport applications faster than agencies within the United States.


2) You may enter the U.S. up to the expiration date of your U.S. passport. Once you're in the country, you can apply for expedited renewal to get your passport in time for your trip back.

Traveling on emergency on a expired pasaport
by: Anonymous

Question: I need to travel for an emergency but my U.S. passport is expired. Can I renew in the country I am traveling to?

Answer: You need a valid U.S. passport to be allowed to depart the United States. You need to apply for expedited renewal at a regional passport agency.

Please bring the following when you apply:

1. Form DS-82
2. Your current passport (must be undamaged and issued in the last 15 years)
3. New passport photo
4. Payment for fees ($110 application fee + $60 expedite fee)
5. Proof of immediate international travel

Please call 1-877-487-2778 for an appointment. If no appointment is available, you may walk-in with your application at the closest regional agency. Please make sure you arrive before the agency opens to increase your chances of securing a slot. Applications submitted at regional agencies are processed in 1 to 8 business days.

Traveling back home
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm leaving for Mexico on 8/11/17 and coming back to the US on 8/19/17. But my passport expires on 8/19, would that be an issue?

Answer: As a U.S. citizen you may re-enter the United States up to the expiration date of your U.S. passport. You should be able to travel to Mexico and back home without issues.

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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