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Renewing Expired Passport While Abroad

by Meaghann
(West Hollywood, CA)

Question: If I have plans to travel abroad but my passport will expire before I get back to the U.S., how should I handle the situation? If I submit before I travel, as I understand, I will no longer be able to travel until my new passport is received? If I am abroad, how do I reenter the country with an expired passport? May I pick one up at the embassy of the country I am traveling abroad to?

Answer: You must have a valid passport to travel abroad. If you submit your passport for renewal, you will have to wait until the process is completed before you can travel. It is possible to get your passport renewed in 24-48 hours if necessary.

One thing you need to consider is the entry requirements of the countries you plan to visit. Many countries require at least six months validity in your passport beyond your stay before you will be allowed to enter. Please check the foreign entry requirements for your destinations.

If you plan to travel in order to study or work abroad, it is possible that you might enter the country with a passport that will expire during your stay. In this case, you can renew your passport at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general.

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