Washington– President Joe Biden’s administration stated that American citizens with recently expired US passports will be able to return home from abroad by the end of the year with that document.
Due to the delay in renewal of passports due to the coronovirus epidemic, the State Department indicated that some passports ending on or after January 1, 2021 would be honored to be returned to the United States by December 31. This is because the epidemic has forced the agency, and most embassies and consulates, to discontinue or significantly reduce passport services.
The department said, “Agents of the US Customs and Border Protection Office will accept some expired US passports for entry, helping American citizens who have been affected by delayed appointments to embassies and consulates abroad.” Advisor Monday.
The shutdown resulted in passport renewal waiting times of up to two months in some cases, and there is still a significant backlog of applications. However, the Department cautioned that recently expired passports are not valid for international travel from the United States or for travel to intermediate countries not directly related to travel to the United States.
The department clarified, “Use of a recently expired passport to travel to a foreign country from the United States to travel to an international destination or stay longer than an airport connection en route to the United States or the United States Cannot be done for. ” ..
He said that not all expired passports will be eligible for the exemption and urged Americans to check their eligibility online before finalizing travel arrangements.
Among the requirements is that the original validity of the expired passport is 10 years, that the passport is not damaged or altered and that the traveling person has the physical right to it.