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Americans Who Are Abroad Can Now Travel Back to the US on Their Expired Passports

by Jori Ayers May 26, 2021

On Monday, the US Department of State announced that US citizens currently overseas with expired passports can now travel back to the United States.

US citizens whose passport has expired on or after January 1, 2020, will be able to use their expired US passport for travel to the US up until December 31, 2021. However, only those meeting the following requirements will be able to travel on an expired passport:

  • You are a U.S. citizen
  • You are currently abroad seeking direct return to the United States
  • You are flying directly to the United States, a United States territory, or have only short-term transit (“connecting flights”) through a foreign country on your direct return to the United States or to a United States Territory
  • Your expired passport was originally valid for 10 years. Or, if you were 15 years of age or younger when the passport was issued, your expired passport was valid for five years
  • Your expired passport is undamaged
  • Your expired passport is unaltered
  • Your expired passport is in your possession

Though US citizens can travel on their expired passport back to the US, they cannot use their expired passport for travel to foreign countries or any other international travel destinations.
The state department requires US-bound travelers to present the negative result of a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their scheduled departure to fly back to the US.

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