Message For U.S. Citizens: Extension of expired passport program

Message to U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy San Jose (April 8, 2022)

Location:  Costa Rica
Subject:  Travel to the United States on Expired U.S. PassportsIf 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 through June 30, 2022.

You qualify to travel on your expired passport 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, and your expired passport was valid for five years.
  • Your expired passport is undamaged.
  • Your expired passport is unaltered.
  • Your expired passport is in your possession.

You do not qualify to travel on your expired passport 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

Actions to Take:

 

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy San Jose

+506-2519-2000

ACSSANJOSE@state.gov

https://cr.usembassy.gov/

State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Costa Rica Country Specific Information

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