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Expired US passport? New policy may affect you

The U.S. State Department has announced through its foreign diplomatic missions that U.S. citizens who are abroad and whose passports expired on or after January 1, 2020, may still be able to use them to return directly to the United States until December 31, 2021.

You qualify for this exception 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 U.S. territory, or have only short-term transit (“connecting flights”) through a foreign country on your direct return to the United States or to a U.S.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 5 years.

• Your expired passport is undamaged.

• Your expired passport is unaltered.

• Your expired passport is in your possession.

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