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Returning to the United States on an Expired U.S. Passport


The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have extended the use of certain expired U.S. passports for the direct return of U.S. citizens to the United States or to a United States Territory.

If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until June 30, 2022.  While the United States will allow for your entrance into the country, please check with your airline for the ability to board on an expired passport.

You qualify to travel on your expired passport if all the following are true:

  • 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.


You do not qualify to travel on your expired passport if:

  • You wish to depart from the United States to an international destination.
  • You are currently abroad seeking to travel to a foreign country for any length of stay longer than an airport connection en route to the United States or to a United States territory.
  • Your expired passport was limited in validity.
  • Your expired passport is a special issuance passport (such as a diplomatic, official, service, or no-fee regular passport).
  • Your expired passport is damaged.
  • Your expired passport is altered.
  • Your expired passport is not in your possession.  

All other passport rules and regulations remain in effect.  The Department of Homeland Security maintains discretion to reject any bearer in accordance with 22 CFR 53.2(b)(7) and 8 CFR 235.1(b).

The Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Consulate General in Dubai conveniently offer passport renewal services by mail or drop-boxwithout requiring an appointment. Read links to see if this option is applicable to your situation.

If not, you will need to bring the relevant forms and schedule an appointment for a visit to the Embassy in Abu Dhabi or the Consulate General in Dubai. Please see below the instructions on how to do so:

  1. Complete Your Application: Click on the Passport Wizard to identify which document you need to bring. Print and complete the relevant document and gather the needed documents.
  2. Schedule an Appointment: Visit our appointment website   to schedule an appointment at one of our locations, or
  3. More Information: Get specific passport guidance info on Travel.State.gov.   

The processing time for routine passport renewals is 2-4 weeks. If you are traveling within the next two weeks, please see Emergency Assistance for further information or e-mail AbuDhabiACS@state.gov if you are located in Abu Dhabi or DubaiACS@state.gov if you are located in Dubai or the Northern Emirates.

Passport services are not available on weekends, or U.S. or United Arab Emirates holidays.