Message to U.S. Citizens About Passports: U.S. Embassy Bern (December 28, 2021)

Location: Switzerland and Liechtenstein

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

 If you are overseas and your 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.

 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.

Please be advised that currently, routine passport processing in the United States can take 8-11 weeks.  For an additional $60, domestic applicants can request expedited service.  Domestic applicants also may request 1-2 day delivery of their completed passport for an additional fee. See www.travel.state.gov for our 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, see: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/get-fast.html

  

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: https://ch.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/
Adults with 10-year passports can renew them by mail instead of appearing in person.

Action to Take:


Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland
031 357 70 11 (dialing within Switzerland)
+41 31 357 70 11 (dialing from overseas)
BernACS@state.gov

State Department – Bureau of Consular Affairs 
+1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada)
+1-202-501-4444 (from other countries)

Swiss Federal Office of Public Health Hotline

+41 58 463 00 00 (staffed 24 hours in German, French, Italian and English)

Switzerland Country Specific Information


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