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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 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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