U.S. Citizens May Return To The U.S. On Expired Passports
16 July 2021
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On May 25, 2021, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the
Department of State (DOS) announced that U.S. citizens will be able
to return to the United States on an expired U.S. passport from May
21, 2021 through December 31, 2021. This will apply only to U.S.
citizens who meet the following criteria:
- are currently abroad seeking to return to the United
- are flying directly to the United States, a U.S. territory, or
have only short-term transit (connecting flight) through a foreign
country on their return to the United States or to a U.S.
- have an expired passport that was originally valid for 10 years
(or five years if the individual was 15 years of age or under when
the passport was issued)
- have an expired passport that is undamaged and in their
The announcement noted that an expired U.S. passport may not be
used to travel from the United States to an international
destination for any duration longer than an airport connection. The
DOS recommends that U.S. citizens delay any travel abroad and
reminds the public that return to the United States requires proof
of a negative COVID-19 test result, taken within 72 hours of their
Originally Published 27 May 2021
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