The United States Department of State has an urgent reminder for American residents who are planning long-term overseas travel or who will be flying internationally shortly. Expired US passports will no longer be accepted when heading back to the US beginning in July, as key pandemic-era restrictions are set to be released.
During whole Covid issue, the US government let Americans who had been stranded overseas indefinitely and whose passports may have expired due to the never-ending cycle of restrictions to return home on an expired document. The ordinance had been extended many times, but tourists still faced significant travel uncertainty.
Now that Covid is on the verge of becoming an endemic illness, and the bulk of travel restrictions have been relaxed, the United States is now rethinking its once-lax travel policy.
Since the announcement, “numerous US embassies across the world, including those in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, France, Germany, and other nations, have quickly updated their own travel advice. As of July 1, only passports with valid expiration dates will be accepted”.
Because Covid is no longer causing border closures throughout the world, and the world is rapidly reopening for tourism, the grace period for invalid travel papers is about to expire.
And besides, we are nearing a point in the pandemic where Covid is no longer seen as a serious medical worry, particularly in Western countries that are gradually loosening travel restrictions.