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Travel of U.S. Citizens with Expired Passports
May 31, 2021


As of May, 21, 2021, U.S. citizens can use their expired U.S. passports to return to the United States through December 31,2021. This applies only to U.S. citizens whose passports expired on or after January 1, 2020.

Expired passports cannot be used to travel from the United States to an international destination or to travel to a foreign country for any length of stay longer than an airport connection in route to the United States or United States territory.

U.S. citizen travelers can use an expired passport if they are currently abroad seeking to return to the United States,  they are flying directly to the United States, a United States territory, or have only short-term transit through a foreign country. Moreover, the expired passport must be undamaged and in their possession and  was originally valid for 10 years. Or, if they were 15 years of age or under when the passport was issued, their expired passport was originally valid for 5 years.

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