Press Release

Guidance on Travel of U.S. Citizens with Expired Passports

May 26, 2021

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Department of State announced that beginning May 21, 2021, U.S. citizens will be able to return to the United States on an expired U.S. passport through December 31, 2021, if they:

  • are a U.S. citizen.
  • are currently abroad seeking to return to the United States.
  • 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. territory.
  • have an expired passport that was originally valid for 10 years (or 5 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 possession.

Please note 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.