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Dual-national, returning to US the day the US Passport expires; can he check in with airline on Dutch passport but reenter with expiring US passport?

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My Son is US and Dutch citizen. We live in the US. I just found out that his US passport expires On the day he returns to the US. His Dutch passport is valid for another 3 months. Can he check in at the airline with his Dutch passport and return On his US passport?

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He should be alright, though I would be nervous to travel with that tight of a margin.

How long is he in the Netherlands? Is it long enough for him to apply for and receive a US passport from the embassy/consulate there?

That would be a safer route I would think.

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Yes. The airlines see people all the time with more than one passport. An expiring passport on the day of travel is cutting it a bit close, but is not a problem in itself.


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Dual-national, returning to US the day the US Passport expires; can he check in with airline on Dutch passport but reenter with expiring US passport?

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My Son is US and Dutch citizen. We live in the US. I just found out that his US passport expires On the day he returns to the US. His Dutch passport is valid for another 3 months. Can he check in at the airline with his Dutch passport and return On his US passport?


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He should be alright, though I would be nervous to travel with that tight of a margin.

How long is he in the Netherlands? Is it long enough for him to apply for and receive a US passport from the embassy/consulate there?

That would be a safer route I would think.

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@Ozzy a US citizen cannot be denied entry to the US. The problem would arise if the departure of the flight is delayed, since the airline will not allow someone to board if they will arrive after the passport expires. - phoog Jul 29 at 1:55

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