Emergency Passports

U.S. citizens are required to enter and exit the United States using a U.S. passport. If you are overseas and your U.S. passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until June 30, 2022. For passport entry requirements into the UK and other countries, please check travel.state.gov.

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 United States territory, or have only short-term transit (“connecting flights”) through a foreign country on your direct return to the United States or to a United States 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.

You do not qualify for this exception if:

  • You wish to depart from the United States to an international destination.
  • You are currently abroad seeking to travel to a foreign country for any length of stay longer than an airport connection en route to the United States or to a United States territory.
  • Your expired passport was limited in validity.
    Your expired passport is a special issuance passport (such as a diplomatic, official, service, or no-fee regular passport).
  • Your expired passport is damaged.
  • Your expired passport is altered.
  • Your expired passport is not in your possession.

All other passport rules and regulations remain in effect. The Department of Homeland Security maintains discretion to reject any bearer in accordance with 22 CFR 53.2(b)(7) and 8 CFR 235.1(b)

All travelers from the United Kingdom to the United States must provide a negative COVID19 test result. For more information please see CDC’s website.

Emergency procedures and travel restrictions may change rapidly due to the impact of COVID-19. If you are in the United States or another country and your U.S. passport has expired or is due to expire, you should renew your passport before you travel to the United Kingdom.
Please visit the UK government’s website for important information about international travel from the UK. This includes guidance information for foreign nationals wishing to return home, and information about holiday (vacation) travel for foreign nationals living in the UK.

How to request an emergency appointment

If you are traveling for a holiday or vacation, we would advise you to resolve any passport issues you have before booking travel.

You may request an emergency appointment if you reach five working days before your booked, urgent overseas travel date and you have been unable to book an appointment despite checking the online calendar regularly.

Please click here to 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 (eg. Renewal of passport, replacement of a lost passport, reporting the birth of a child).
  • The date, time, and point of departure of the overseas travel.
  • Confirmed travel itinerary in a PDF format, including return travel if applicable.

Once we have received this information, we will then advise further, but please be aware that this may take several days as we review other U.S. citizens with equally urgent travel requests.  Given the number of requests we are receiving, we are not able to accommodate requests for specific days or times for appointments, so you should be available to attend an emergency appointment any day up to and including your travel date.  Emergency appointments can be offered up to and including the working day of overseas travel, so it is important that you check your emails (including any junk or spam folders) regularly in case you are offered an appointment at short notice.

We will not be able to offer responses to status request for emergency appointments while the request is being reviewed and repeated requests cause further delays to our responses.  Please be assured that we will respond to you regarding appointment availability as soon as we can.

We are only able to issue limited-validity emergency passports at emergency appointments. If your application is approved, a limited-validity passport can be issued on the same day.  If you require a full-validity passport, you should continue to monitor our appointment calendar to book an appointment.

Please review our Passport and Citizenship FAQs and our Visiting the U.S. Embassy page for common questions about passports and visiting the U.S. Embassy London for an appointment.

If you are residing in or visiting Northern Ireland please click here to contact the U.S. Consulate General Belfast.

If you are residing in or visiting Scotland please click here to contact the U.S. Consulate General Edinburgh.