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Travel of US Citizens with Expired Passports

U.S. Citizens can travel home on Expired Passports

On May 28, 2021, a bulletin was issued permitting U.S. citizens to use their expired U.S. passports, whose passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, to return to the U.S. through Dec. 31, 2021. This exception is hereby extended to allow the use of certain expired U.S. passports for direct return to the United States through March 31, 2022.

Image of someone holding a U.S. passport. The title edited onto the picture above says, "Travel home to the US through March 31, 2022 on an expired passport." The business name, Lentini Visas and the phone number 630-262-1435 are on the bottom of the image. The Lentini globe logo is in the bottom right-hand corner.Expired passports cannot be used to travel from the U.S. to an international destination or to travel to a
foreign country for any length of stay longer than an airport connection en route to the U.S. or to a U.S. territory.

Travelers qualify for this exception if all the following are true:

  • They are a U.S. citizen.
  • They are currently abroad seeking to return to the U.S.
  • They are flying directly to the U.S., a U.S. territory, or have only a short-term transit, or connecting
    flight, through a foreign country on their return to the U.S. or to a U.S. territory.
  • Their expired passport was originally valid for 10 years. Or, if they were 15 years of age or younger
    when the passport was issued, their expired passport was originally valid for five years.
  • Their expired passport is undamaged and in their possession.

Any questions concerning the scope or implementation of this guidance, including the authorization for U.S.
citizens to board an aircraft, should be directed to the appropriate Regional Carrier Liaison Group or other
designated CBP official for adjudication prior to aircraft departure.

As always, please call our office with any questions 630-262-1435.

Carrier Liaison Program – notice dated December 21, 2021.