Returning to the United States on an Expired U.S. Passport
UPDATE: 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. See this page for more information.
You may be eligible to renew your passport and/or change your surname on your passport by MAIL. This program is meant to save you time and travel expenses. It is easy, convenient, and secure. You can prepare your passport application package at any time and the process takes approximately two to three weeks from the date we receive your application to when you receive your new passport book by mail. If you are renewing your passport card by mail please expect six weeks to receive your replacement card.
Benefits to applying by mail:
- You do not need to travel to the Embassy and wait to be interviewed by a Consular officer.
- Processing time to renew passports by mail is the same as applying in person.
- You can complete your application at your home, saving you time and money.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Beginning July 18, 2021, U.S. Embassy Bangkok began accepting online fee payments for adult U.S. passport renewal applications. Paying online allows you to mail your application to the U.S. Embassy without the need to apply in person. Qualifying adult passport renewal applicants may pay the $130 passport renewal fee online via U.S. or international credit or debit card, electronic funds transfer from a U.S.-based bank account, Amazon Pay, or Pay Pal. Adult passport renewal applications must be mailed only to U.S. Embassy Bangkok. Sending applications to U.S. Consulate Chiang Mai will result in significant delays to your passport application. See our FAQ page for more information on this new process.
Please note that the online fee option is limited to U.S. citizens residing in Thailand. U.S. citizens who reside outside of Thailand are not eligible for the online fee payment option at this time. Online fee payment is currently available for passport book renewals only. If you wish to renew or apply for a passport card, please see instructions how to apply here.