WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration says many Americans holding not too long ago expired US passports might be allowed to return residence from overseas on that doc till the top of the 12 months.
Citing delays in passport renewals attributable to the coronavirus pandemic, the State Division mentioned sure passports that expired on or after January 1, 2021, might be honoured for re-entry into the US till December 31.
That is as a result of the pandemic compelled the division and most embassies and consulates to shut down or considerably cut back passport providers.
“US Customs and Border Safety officers will settle for for admission sure expired US passports, thereby helping US residents who’ve been affected by appointment backlogs at embassies and consulates abroad attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the division mentioned in a discover issued late Monday.
The closures resulted in ready occasions of greater than two months in some instances for processing passport renewals, and a major backlog of purposes stays.
The division cautioned, although, that not too long ago expired passports aren’t legitimate for worldwide journey from the US or for journey between third nations that isn’t straight linked to return journey to the US.
“Just lately expired passports can’t be used to journey from the US to a global vacation spot or to journey to a international nation for any size of keep longer than an airport connection en path to the US or to a United States territory,” the division mentioned.
It added that not all expired passports might be eligible for the waiver and urged People to test their standing on-line at https://journey.state.gov/content material/journey/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-… finalising journey preparations.
Among the many necessities are that the expired passport was initially legitimate for 10 years, that the passport has not been broken or altered, and that the traveller has bodily possession of it.
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