A State Department policy that allows some U.S. citizens to return to the U.S. on an expired U.S. passport is set to end June 30.

Key Points:

  • Once the policy expires, travelers will not be allowed to use expired U.S. passports to return to the U.S.
  • Until June 30, U.S. citizens currently abroad whose passports expired on or after Jan. 1, 2020, may be able to return to the U.S. using their expired passport. Certain criteria apply, and travelers are encouraged to confirm their eligibility on this website before finalizing pre-June 30 travel plans.
  • Travelers cannot use expired passports to travel from the U.S. to a foreign country or from one foreign country to another for any length of stay longer than an airport connection in route to the U.S. or a U.S. territory.

Background: The expired passport policy was adopted in May 2021. The State Department subsequently extended the policy until June 30.

BAL Analysis: The policy allowing some U.S. citizens to return the U.S. on an expired U.S. passport is set to expire June 30. Passport application processing times remain delayed, though they have improved some in recent months. Individuals in need of a renewed U.S. passport should apply for one as early as possible. Employers and employees should continue to consult their BAL professional before planning any international travel.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice group. For additional information, please contact berryapplemanleiden@bal.com.

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