Message to U.S. Citizens: Travel to the United States on Expired U.S. Passports (December 28, 2021)

Location: Nicaragua
Subject:  Travel to the United States on Expired U.S. Passports

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 March 31, 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.

Please be advised that currentlyroutine passport processing in the United States can take 8 to 11 weeks.  Domestic applicants can request expedited service for an additional $60.  Passport processing will take 5 to 7 weeks for expedited passports.

Domestic applicants also may request 1-2 day delivery of their completed passport for an additional fee.

Go to www.travel.state.gov for current processing times and schedule of fees.

Adults with 10-year passports can renew them by mail instead of appearing in person at a domestic passport acceptance facility.

If you have urgent international travel plans, you may be eligible for an appointment at a domestic passport agency or center.  Appointments are limited and must be scheduled by phone.  For more information, visit here.

If your U.S. passport expired on or before December 31, 2019, please see our website for information on how to renew your passport before traveling.  Emergency temporary passports may be available in some cases for urgent travel.  Go here for further details.

Actions to Take: 

  • All U.S. citizens should enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and ensure you can be located in an emergency.
  • Visit our Embassy web page on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Nicaragua.
  • Refer to our website for the latest Alerts and Messages for U.S. citizens here.
  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19, including testing requirements to return to the United States.
  • For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
  • Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.

Assistance:

  • Please follow the links or call the numbers below for consular assistance.  Contact the U.S. Embassy in Managua, located at Km 5 ½ C. Sur Managua, Nicaragua, by calling +505-2252-7104, 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Fridays.
  • The American Citizen Services unit is also available by email during regular business hours at ACSManagua@state.gov.  For after-hours emergencies, call +505-2252-7171 and ask for the Embassy Duty Officer.
  • Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates
  • State Department – Consular Affairs: 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
  • Nicaragua Country Information
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