My US passport expires 16 days from now. I would like to enter the USA from Germany (which is where I spent the holidays). Will I be able to travel despite the near expiry of my passport?

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    – Willeke
    Jan 5 '21 at 17:22

Entering the US is no problem at all, at least as far as the passport goes (I have not been following Covid-19 related rules). A passport expiring soon can create problems for visitors (non-citizens/aliens). An expired passport can create issues for citizens (not necessarily unsurmountable, depending on the specifics) but not one that's still valid, even for one day, when you reach the border.

In practice, it's always good to have at least a few days of validity left (what if the plane is delayed or rerouted?) but there is no specific validity requirement for citizens.

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    There shouldn't be a problem if you are able to fly non-stop to the US before the passport expires. But if you have a stop in another country, the short time left on the passport could be a problem. Jan 5 '21 at 15:06
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    @GerardAshton Yes, good point, just one day would also be risky in case of irregular operations, what if the plane is delayed due to bad weather. I will expand on that in the answer.
    – Relaxed
    Jan 5 '21 at 15:08
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    @Relaxed I think Gerard is referring to connections where you have to pass immigration as if you plan to stay. For example, if OP were coming not from Germany but South America, and had to stop in Mexico City, Mexico might not let OP in due to such a short validity left on the passport regardless of a claimed & credible plan to leave the country within hours. I don't know which all countries require that (I think the UK doesn't) but in OP's situation, I'd pay extra for a flight plan omitting planned/diversion-possible layovers that could require passport controls.
    – WBT
    Jan 5 '21 at 20:42
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    @WBT That's another consideration, yes. The way I looked at it, this Q&A is primarily about entry conditions in the US, I didn't try to cover every possible details of the journey before that point.
    – Relaxed
    Jan 5 '21 at 22:41
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    I recognize that, but OP asked "Will I be able to travel despite the near expiry of my passport?" and the answer really depends on where OP is connecting through. "Yes, no problem at all, at least as far as the passport goes" (as this answer currently opens) is incorrect or relies on unstated assumptions like a flight that is planned to be and will necessarily be direct as far as international borders with passport controls are concerned. @GerardAshton and I think it's important to note that, so we have.
    – WBT
    Jan 6 '21 at 2:23

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