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U.S. Citizens May Return to the U.S. on Expired Passports

The State Department and the Department of Homeland Security announced on May 25, 2021 that U.S. citizens can return to the United States on an expired U.S. passport until December 31, 2021. This applies to U.S. citizens who are currently overseas and whose passports expired on or after January 1, 2020.


This rule applies only to U.S. citizens who meet the following requirements:

a) are currently abroad and attempting to return to the United States,

b) are flying directly to the United States or U.S. territory or have short-term connecting flight through a foreign country on their return to the United States or U.S. territory,

c) have an expired passport that was originally valid for ten years, and

d) physically have an expired passport that is not damaged.


Please note that you cannot used an expired U.S. passport to travel to an international destination for any duration longer than an airport connection. The State Department recommends that U.S. citizens reconsider traveling abroad and postpone their trips if possible. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, taken within 72 hours of the flight’s departure.

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