I am a US Citizen, and I need to travel to Spain in a few days but my passport is recently expired. I have dual citizenship to Ireland and hold a valid Irish passport that states my birthplace is the US on it. Would I be able to travel on this Irish passport while also brining my expired one with me as proof. I read that as of last month you can travel back into the United States on a expired passport until December. Will this work for me?


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This should work. You should be able to get into Spain with your Irish passport.

You can return to the US with an expired passport if you return before the end of the year. https://www.state.gov/return-travel-on-recently-expired-u-s-passports/

Before you book: I strongly recommend that you contact the airline and verify that they will let you board the return flight with an expired US passport. Otherwise try a different airline.

To verify put all your info in here:


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    Wouldn't it make sense to enter Spain on an Irish passport anyway? Both are EU countries, so your right to enter Spain is a fundamental right.
    – MSalters
    Jun 21, 2021 at 15:34
  • There is also a very remote possibility of getting checked by CBP on leaving the US, in which case I don't know if they would deny exit of a US citizen who doesn't have a valid US passport.
    – user102008
    Jun 21, 2021 at 20:50
  • @MSalters: I've entered the EU with both my US or my EU passport. Makes no difference.
    – Hilmar
    Jun 22, 2021 at 1:13
  • @Hilmar Have you been checked on US exit by CBP? If so, was your US passport valid or expired? Jun 22, 2021 at 1:42
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    In 100s of international trips I have NEVER been been exit checked in the US. Nor have I evert witnessed or even heard (credible first hand account) about an exit check. This seems to be extremely rare and it's relevance to normal travel feels blown way out of proportion. Feels similar to "can they check your electronic devices on entry". Yes they can and it happens, but it's extremely rare and only happens if there already something fishy going out. It's just not worth worrying about it. Traffic jam or flat tire are much higher risks
    – Hilmar
    Jun 22, 2021 at 12:45

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