U.S. passport, CRBA and travel information for U.S. citizens following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

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This page was last updated on March 8, 2021

Due to the impact of COVID-19, the U.S. Embassy in London and the Consulates in Belfast and Edinburgh are offering emergency appointment services only for passport and citizenship services that require an in-person appearance.

Most passport renewals for adults do not require an in-person appearance. Embassy London is still accepting routine adult passport renewal applications by mail for all citizens in the United Kingdom.

Please be aware that emergency appointment availability is extremely limited. Keep reading to find out how to request an emergency appointment if you have urgent travel.

If you’ve requested an emergency appointment or have a scheduled emergency appointment, please monitor your email (including junk and spam folders) and telephone (including voicemail) in case of any further updates.

If you or your child require a routine in-person passport or citizenship appointment, please keep checking this webpage. We will update this page as soon as routine appointments can take place.

Emergency procedures and travel restrictions may change rapidly due to the impact of COVID-19. If you are currently in the United States or another country and your U.S. passport has expired or is due to expire imminently, you should renew your passport before you travel to the United Kingdom.

Please note, all travelers, including U.S citizens, traveling from the United Kingdom to the United States must provide a negative COVID19 test result. For more information please see the CDC’s website.

Please visit the UK government’s website for important information about international travel during the national lockdown. This includes guidance information for foreign nationals wishing to return home, and information about holiday (vacation) travel for foreign nationals.

Adult passport renewals

Most passport renewals for adults do not require an in-person appearance. Embassy London is still accepting routine adult passport renewal applications by mail for all citizens in the United Kingdom.

Please click here for information about how to apply to renew your adult passport. This includes information for residents of Scotland and Northern Ireland and what to do if you need to renew your passport in an emergency.

Replacing an emergency limited validity passport for a full-validity passport

You can apply to replace an emergency limited-validity passport with a full-validity passport by mail, even if the limited-validity passport was issued to a child. Please click here for instructions.

Appointment services for registering the birth of a child born outside the United States (CRBA) and applying for their first passport

If your child has urgent overseas travel that they are unable to undertake using a valid passport of a different nationality, you may contact us to request an emergency passport appointment for them as long as you have their long-form birth certificate (stating the name of both parents). Please contact us five working days before the date of overseas travel.

We are not able to offer routine appointments to apply for Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) and first U.S. passport at this time. If your child does not have urgent travel, please keep checking this webpage for updates. We will update this page as soon as routine services can resume.

If your child will be turning 18 soon and you have not yet applied for a CRBA and first U.S. passport for them, you do not need to be concerned. They can book an appointment to apply for a first U.S. passport after routine passport services have resumed. Please keep checking this webpage for updates.

How to request an emergency appointment

If you have urgent need of overseas travel, please contact us five working days before the date of travel. Please include the following information in your request:

  • The full name of each applicant, and the passport or citizenship service they require.
  • The date, time, and point of departure of the overseas travel.

Please click here for information about how to request an emergency appointment.

Social distancing guidance for attending an emergency appointment at Embassy London

You will go through airport-style security screening. Due to the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19), everyone should wear a face mask if they are aged 11 or over. You can choose to buy a mask or make your own. Click here for information about how to make a face covering (sew and no-sew tutorials are available).

You must not bring laptops or bags above cabin-baggage size to your appointment because they not are permitted into the building and there are no storage facilities available. To save time, we recommend that you keep the number of small bags and belongings that you bring with you to a minimum.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus, please use our contact form to cancel your appointment.

If you have recently entered the UK, your appointment must take place more than 10 days after your arrival in the UK.

Application processing times and status checks for adult passport renewal applications

The average processing time for a passport application is approximately three weeks, and it takes approximately four weeks for CRBA plus first passport applications to be processed. All timescales are provided for guidance only as processing varies in each case.

If additional information or documentation is required, you will be advised during the appointment (if applicable) or by letter. Processing of your case can only begin once everything required has been submitted. The processing times stated above begin from the date on which all required information and documentation is received by the Embassy.

We are unable to check on the status of your case unless the standard processing times have passed from the date on which you submitted all the necessary information and documentation.