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Traveling with an Expired Passport

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Whenever you think of taking a vacation somewhere international, the first thing to come to mind should be to check your passport. Ensure you know the expiry date and confirm it even if you recently used the document. There are many problems to face if your passport expires and you need to travel.

You can get caught up in planning for vacation and plane ticket booking and forget to check whether the passport is still valid. You need to know the following.

International Trips

It is impossible to travel internationally with an expired passport. There is a six- month rule that ensures you cannot travel if your passport is expiring in the next six months. If by some means you still make it to the plane, then it will be hard to come back and might get stuck in foreign places. But you will not make it to border control if your passport expiry date is approaching.

Passport Renewal for an Upcoming Trip

If you just noticed that your passport is expired or about to, it can be renewed before you fly. There is a special provision [expedited service] to issue passports before the standard processing time of about 6 weeks or more.

There are certain instances when you need to expedite your passport renewal. For instance, you can have an emergency that requires you to travel immediately. In this case, you can renew the passport within 72 hours. However, you must present proof of travel to speed up the renewal process. There is an expedite fee of $60 to your normal renewal fee.

If you are already abroad and your passport requires to be renewed, just visit the local U.S Consulate to get assisted.

Traveling Locally

If you’re flying domestic, it is possible to do so even when your passport is expired. This is as long as you have another valid form of United States identification such as a driver’s license.

It’s possible to travel with an expiry passport. However, not all trips are possible to make without renewing your passport. So, to be on the safe side be up-to-date with the expiry date of your passport to avoid unnecessary trouble.

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