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Can I travel internationally during passport renewal process?

Question: If I use the renew by mail process, can I travel internationally using a photocopy of my passport while awaiting the return of the passport (since renewal by mail requires sending current passport)?


Answer: No, you cannot travel internationally without a valid passport. Photocopies of passports are not acceptable. If you need your passport to travel internationally and do not have time to wait for routine processing, then you can apply for expedited passport renewal.

By mail, this process takes 2-3 weeks. The application can be processed the same day at a regional agency.

Applicants who either cannot travel to the location of a regional processing center or do not want to can request the assistance of a registered passport expediting service.

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Can a Minor Travel With a Valid Passport While We are waiting on a new Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Our Minor has a current and valid US Passport that Expires In January 2022. If we submit an application for a new passport now, can she use her current, valid passport for travel while we wait for a new passport?

Answer: No, the child cannot travel while a passport application is in process. Once an application is received, the old one in your possession is automatically invalidated.

Traveling to Guyana
by: Anonymous

Question: I do not have an American passport and have to travel to Guyana to marry. I only have a Guyana passport. What do I do?

Answer: You may use your Guyanese passport to travel to your home country.

How can Child travel before passport is ready?
by: Anonymous

Question: My child was born a few weeks ago, we won’t be getting her passport until about October(10-12 weeks expedited).

However, my wife and I need to be home sometime in September. We are foreign passport holders and have to get back to work soon. How can we get our child’s passport in time before we travel? Since it’s being processed, could we still get the 72hrs expedited option from the agency? or could we apply for a one-way travel certificate from our home country for our child and have the agency send our child’s passport to the US consulate in our home country?

Answer: As a U.S. citizen, your child needs to exit the United States with a valid American passport. If you can secure an appointment at a regional agency, your child's passport will likely be issued in 72 hours or less. Please call 1-877-487-2778 for an appointment.

Travel within US Territory without passport or certificate
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, I just became a US citizen and I'm in the process of receiving my passport but I need to travel to the US Virgin Islands in a week. My passport will take about 4 more weeks to arrive. I understand that I do not need a passport to travel to a US Territory, but upon return to the mainland, I will be asked for proof of my citizenship.

I do not have my certificate of naturalization either, since it was sent with the application. What can I do in my position, how can I prove I became a US citizen without my Certificate or Passport?

Answer: Please contact the CBP regarding your concern.

Using UK passport during renewal
by: M Ward

Question: My 5-year-old daughter is a US and UK citizen. I am a UK citizen and a green card holder.

My daughter's US passport is currently being renewed. Her UK passport expires in Nov 2021. She also has a US passport card.

Can she travel with me to the UK and return to the US in Sept 2021 using her UK passport if her new US passport does not arrive before departure? If so, are there any visa / ESTA requirements?

Answer: As a U.S. citizen, your daughter is required by law to depart and re-enter the United States using a valid U.S. passport. You will have to wait until the new passport arrives before making any final travel arrangements.

No green card
by: Anonymous

Question: I just got my US citizenship. I am part of a wedding party and need to travel to Mexico for the wedding in September. Obviously, they took my green card. Getting a US passport is taking up to 16 weeks at the moment. Can I go to Mexico on my Irish passport? How do I re-enter the US without my green card, can I present my certificate of citizenship at customs?
Thank you.

Answer: As a U.S. citizen, you are required to depart and re-enter the United States with a valid U.S. passport. While you can use your Irish passport to enter Mexico, you cannot it to leave the U.S.

Travelling abroad while waiting for a passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi,

I'm a dual French/US Citizen. I just received US citizenship. I had to leave the US to go to France for a family emergency and did not have time to make a passport, emergency or otherwise (there were no appts).

I got authorization from the US Embassy in Paris to leave the US on a French passport and make a US passport once in Paris. I am now waiting for that passport. Can I travel to the UK on my French passport while I wait? Thanks.

Answer: Yes, you may use your French passport to travel anywhere while you are overseas. Have a safe trip!

Can I travel internationally during USA passport process?
by: Anonymous

Question: Good morning. I have already applied for a US passport and I’m still waiting for it. I have a Moroccan passport and it has a stamp on it for 1 year. I’m going to travel this month and I want to know if I can travel without my green card because at the moment. I don’t have it because I sent it in my file for the US passport.

Thank you.

Answer: No, you cannot. As a U.S. citizen, you are now required by law to leave and re-enter the United States with a valid U.S. passport. You are free to use your Moroccan passport while you are overseas but you need your American passport at U.S. airports.

New passport for my baby
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello, I went to do a passport for my 9-month-old daughter and I paid for expedited service. Now it’s been 4 weeks and I check her passport status it said in-process. I’m 1 week away from my trip, I don’t know what to do because I’m afraid that her passport will not be here on time for our trip.

Answer: Expedited service may take up to 12 weeks. The only place that can issue a passport before your trip is a regional passport agency.

Regional agencies can issue passports in 72 hours or less to individuals who need to travel urgently. They strictly require an appointment.

Schedule an Appointment

Your appointment date must be 3 business days before your departure date. There will be no need to submit your child's requirements again but you need to present proof of your upcoming trip.

Travel while passport app is in-progress
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello. I recently became a US citizen and applied for my US passport. I had to submit proof of citizenship (original doc) with the passport application.

I still have a valid Pakistani Passport. Based on the comments below it seems like I will need an American passport to return to the US. Is there anything I can do to travel to Mexico and return to the US while my passport app is in progress?

I would like to travel on Aug 2nd. Is there a way to expedite this process? Thanks!

Answer: As an American citizen, you are now required to leave and return to the United States with a valid U.S. passport. You cannot travel while your U.S. passport application is still in pending or in process.

The only way you can get a passport issued sooner is by applying in person at a regional agency. These agencies require an appointment.

Schedule an Appointment

Your appointment date must be within 3 business days of your travel date. You will start to see open slots two weeks prior to the travel date you enter in the reservation system.

Renewal at passport agency
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport has already been mailed but I have to travel before. Can I get an expedited passport from a passport agency while my passport renewal is processing?

Answer: Yes, you can.

Schedule an Appointment

Haven’t received passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I am a USA Citizen. I renewed my passport and sent it in the mail on May 4th. Still haven’t received it. Can I still travel out of the country? Supposed to leave on July 9th? Thank you.

Answer: You cannot board an international flight without a valid passport. If you have a foreign passport, you may use it overseas but as a U.S. citizen, you are required by law to leave and re-enter the United States with a valid U.S. passport.

Travel internationally
by: Anonymous

Question: I do have dual citizenship. My US passport application is in process. Can I use my other country's passport to travel abroad?

Answer: You may use your foreign passport while overseas but as a U.S. citizen, you are required to present a valid U.S. passport when you leave the United States and when you return.

Waiting on passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I just got my citizenship 2 yrs ago and I applied for my passport. Can I travel to Mexico with a copy of my citizenship?

Answer: You can't. A valid passport to enter Mexico and get back in the United States.

Expired philippine passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I am a green card holder with a Philippine passport but my passport is expired. Can I come back in the U.S. with my expired US passport?

Answer: I am not sure I understand. You have a green card but you also have an expires U.S. passport? Please clarify.

Entering US with US Driver's License and voided Passport with VISA
by: Marco Paulo

Question: Hi,

I'm renewing my European Passport than contains my L1A visa, so while I wait for that they cut my passport and added a voided stamp.

Can I enter the US with that voided passport and US driver's license? The L1A VISA is still valid and the voided passport is still readable.

Answer: Please contact the CBP regarding re-entry to the United States.

TRAVELING WHILE WAITING ON US PASSPORT
by: ELENA

Question: My dad is taking his citizenship this month and will apply for a passport (if passes and is given the certificate of naturalization). I know they will keep his green card at the court house when he submits the papers for application for passport.

He has a plane ticket bought already 2 days after his test and cannot wait for the U.S. Passport. He will give his green card away with the passport application.

The question is : Can he go to his home country without the green card just with his foreign passport please? On return from the trip, in meantime we can send him the passport for entry, correct?. Thank you.

Answer: While he can use his foreign passport to enter his home country, as a U.S. citizen, he will be bound by law to depart the United States on a U.S. passport. Please contact the CBP for more information.

Passport collection
by: Mrs.Rajes

Question: I applied for renewal and got a letter that it's ready for collection but earlier dates are not available for collection. and my passport still valid for next 8 months. Can I travel with the original passport with me before collection of new passport.

Answer: Hi, Mrs. Rajes. Are we talking about a U.S. passport?

International Passport Renewal.
by: Anonymous

Question: I am living abroad and submitted paper work for passport renewal at the U.S. Embassy. They photocopied my passport to be used for processing my new passport and gave me my original valid passport back. I can still travel with this passport while i am waiting for my new passport, correct?

Answer: In the United States, passports ate invalidated when a renewal application is received. The case many be different because you are overseas. Please contact the U.S. embassy where you applied for assistance.

Renew of a valid passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I don’t know if the rules have been changed. In 2013, I applied to renew my passport while it was still valid but the visa pages were full. The valid passport was left with me until I received the new one.

Answer: You need to submit your most recent passport (valid or expired) with the rest of the application requirements.

Passport services no longer issues additional pages so you may want to request for the non-regular 52-page passport book. The old passport will be returned to you once the renewal process is completed.

Parallel process
by: Rajiv

Question: This does present issues for individuals who frequently travel abroad and sometimes cannot predict their day of travel because of changes in business situations.

What instead should happen is that the old valid passport should be returned immediately after authentication and let the person be able to travel while the new passport is being processed, printed and sent.

Answer: Citizens who travel frequently and need to submit his/her passport for visas have the option to apply for a second passport.

Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

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